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Patina (Track) Hardcover – 29 Aug 2017
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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. (Fiction. 8-12)--Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW "7/15/17 "
About the Author
Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association's 2017 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
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There was very little track or running involved in this one. The story seemed to revolve around Patina's day to day activities in an almost - dare I say it? - tedious manner. She woke up, she had breakfast, she went to school, avoided all the snobby people at school, had to sit through her silly group of girls for the group project on Frida Kahlo, went to get her younger sister, then their aunt picked them up from school, dropped her off to track rehearsals, where she had minimal conversations, then was picked up again by her aunt where they sat through the car ride and had the exact same conversation they have every single day, then they got home where she goes to finish her homework, and asks her sister if she needed help with any assignments, then was called down for dinner, the same dinner they have every single evening, with their aunt running the conversation around the table, then off to bed.
Sundays were different. Sundays they go pick up their mom, who had her legs amputated due to the spread of Diabetes, and they go to church.
There were also a couple of changes to the routine when she had to go to a girl's house to work on the group project, and another time when she had to go to the hospital.
Otherwise, that's basically all there was to it. And that was disappointing.
I wanted to see more, read more, find out more. I wanted more interactions with Patina and the track kids. I wanted more Ghost, more Sunny, more Lou. More coach. I finished the book, but didn't feel like I knew Patina well yet. I was hoping I would, but I didn't.
So now, I'm sitting here wondering how to review it properly, and I can't. I just found out the next book will be about Sunny, and that's exciting. Sunny is a character we know, and we've seen, so it must be good! I hope.
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Patty is totally relatable to kids (boys and girls) of any race. Though, I really think it's notable that this is a book with a female of color as the main character. I usually really have to search to HARD find such refreshing, entertaining and thought-provoking writing.
I love Jason Reynolds!