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Patina

by Jason Reynolds

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Series: Track Series (2)

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"A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons"--
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Not as good as Ghost. Like Ghost, Patina (Patty) Jones is a newbie on the Defenders track team, with a ton of family and social issues. Her father died, her mother has lost her feet to diabetes, and her little sister Maddie is center of her life. She lives with her aunt (Momly) and her uncle. Unfortunately, while she has common teenage problems, there was not the same connection with others that made the first book compelling. There is simply too much daily routine, such as school, chores, mean girls, lazy classmates, etc. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
middlegrade fiction series (track, cultural diversity, different types of families, deceased dad and mom with diabetes-related disability, "poor" black kid trying to fit into "rich" mostly white school). I liked this (and still have utmost respect for Reynolds), but I think I liked Ghost better. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
For Grades: 6-8
Positive Worldview/Messages ****
Positive Role Models & Representation *****
Violence *
Romance/Sex *
Questionable Language *
Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking*
Educational Value *** ( )
  GCMS | Jun 19, 2021 |
Patina (Patty) is pissed off about her second-place finish during the weekend's track meet, but the week has more to throw at her: a group project at her fancy, mostly-white academy in which two of the four girls aren't doing any of the work, and, much worse, her aunt and godmother (Momly) and sister Maddy getting in a car accident. Patty realizes how much Momly does to take care of everyone: Maddy, Patty, Uncle Tony, and Patty's mom, whose legs were amputated due to diabetes ("the sugar"). Patty is competitive on the track and at school; protective of her younger sister, whose hair she braids before church each Sunday; and generally carries a heavy load after the sudden death of her cupcake-baking, imaginary tea party-having father. Patty's teammates, a new friend at school, and insights into her godparents' lives help her understand what's her job and what isn't, and how to be her best self.

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"Folks who try to do everything are usually avoiding one thing." (Momly) ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 24, 2021 |
The second book in the Track series lets Patina "Patty" Jones tell her story. Although the book was good, I never felt as deeply connected to or involved with Patty's story, as I did with Ghost's. Perhaps because Ghost's troubles all arose from dealing with his own inner demons; but Patty was dealing with the loss of her father at a young age, and then her mother's debilitating diabetes making her unable to care for her children, so she and her sister have been raised primarily by an aunt and uncle. The aunt is white, but that seems almost irrelevant to this story... she's a part of the family, neither more nor less for being white. It's a good book, but Patina's story won't stick with me the way Ghost's did in the first volume of the series. ( )
  fingerpost | Sep 15, 2020 |
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To Do; Everything (including forgetting about the race and braiding my sister's hair). Ain't no such thing as a false start.
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