Jason Reynolds at Skokie Public Library

Meet Jason Reynolds, author of many award-winning books for children, including the Skokie 2017 Hot Summer Read title Ghost. This event is Limited to 190 participants. It's free, but registration is requested. You can register on the library's website or by calling them at 847-673-7774 (beginning on September 1st) . Recommeded for grades 4 and up. 

In a starred review, Kirkus says of Patina:

"African-American track phenom Patina Jones takes the baton from Ghost (2016) in the second volume of Reynolds' Track series for middle graders. Reynolds tells readers almost all they need to know about Patty in two opening, contrasting scenes. In the first, Patty misjudges her competitors in an 800-meter race she's certain she should have won. Running well but second is not enough for the ferociously competitive Patty. In the other, she braids her little sister's hair before church, finishing off each of Maddy's 30 braids with three beads. She does this every Sunday because their white adoptive mother can't ("there ain't no rule book for white people to know how to work with black hair") and because their birth mother insists they look their best for church. Their father dead and their birth mother's legs lost to diabetes, the two girls live with their father's brother and his wife, seeing their mother once a week in an arrangement that's as imperfect as it is loving and necessary. Writing in Patty's voice, Reynolds creates a fully dimensional, conflicted character whose hard-earned pragmatism helps her bring her relay team together, negotiate the social dynamics of the all-girls, mostly white private school she attends, and make the best of her unusual family lot. When this last is threatened, readers will ache right alongside her. Another stellar lap--readers will be eager to see who's next.

Mr. Reynolds' books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Book Stall.

Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His debut novel was When I Was the Greatest and was followed by Boy in the Black Suit and All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely); As Brave As YouJump Anyway; and the first two books in the Track series,Ghost and Patina. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com."

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

5215 Oakton Street
5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077
Patina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481450188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.


Ghost Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds.