Sunny

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 Feb 2019

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Although I didn't like this one as much as the first two in the series, continues to be a great one to recommend to ALL kinds of readers.
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Sunny's story is very different than that of Ghost or Patina. First, his story is a series of diary entries--a diary he keeps to help control all the thoughts and ideas swirling around in his head. And Sunny's brain doesn't process things like other kids --he jumps from thought to thought, from subject to subject, rhyming and playing with words and making noises.

And I'll admit--it took some getting used to. However...once my reader brain adjusted to Sunny's writer brain, it almost felt like the most personal of the three books so far.
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Sunny is the third book in Jason Reynolds' Track series and it is probably the most personal of them all and the least about track. Sunny is the team's mile runner and decides he doesn't want to run anymore. He has been running for is mom who died giving birth to him and not for himself. What he would really like to do is dance, but he still wants to be part of the team. So Coach sets him up as the discus thrower. The book is set up as a series of diary entries as Sunny deals with his feelings about his mom, running and his dad. 

Because this was such a personal book and more about Sunny himself than his place as part of the team it was a very different book than the rest of the series. The diary format was not my favorite, but Jason Reynolds is still a genius at every form he writes.
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This is the third book in the Track series. Sunny desperately wants to dance but wants to still be on the track team. Coach decides to have him do discus to incorporate his dance moves.  Sunny has always been good at running but will he be successful with this new event and can he really show everyone his true self? Another wonderful story from the very talented Jason Reynolds.  Highly recommended for upper elementary and middle school readers.
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Love this series! In this third installment, we learn about the character Sunny from the track team and how he's deciding not to run like his dad wants him to. Of course, coach finds a way to include him. Highly recommended!
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Sunny by Jason Reynolds: Wow. I hope this isn’t the end of this series because each one is such a special treat. Sunny is quite different than the first although readers will find the format and story just as engaging.
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I haven’t read the first two in the series but I will be going back to read those as well. This is a perfect middle grade (4-9) level book. Sunny is one of those kids I can see my boys connecting to. He realizes halfway through a race that he never really liked running even though he gets first place all the time. Instead he really wants to dance but doesn’t want to disappoint his father and coach. This is a story about unconditional love and friendship. Definitely worthy of a book talk to students!
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I think Ghost was actually the first book I read by Jason Reynolds. Ever. And I read it in November last year which just shows you how bad I am at keeping on top of all the hype trains (of well deserving authors.) My library didn’t have a copy of Patina so I was never able to read it but since the books in this series can all be read as standalones, I decided to read Sunny even though I hadn’t read Patina.

Sunny Lancaster is the best runner on his team and yet, he doesn’t actually love running. He wants to dance. While he is scared of quitting running and disappointing those around him, he chooses to pursue his dreams and with the help of coach, finds a new way to fit into the track team.

This book is full of heart and complex relationships. Jason Reynolds knows just how to write a book that younger readers can see themselves reflected in. I have so much love for this series and genuinely hope everyone reads them and gives them they attention they deserve.
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Written in diary form, Sunny writes to work out his feelings of losing his mother before he even got to know her and deal with father who puts a lot of pressure on Sunny.  He learns how to stand up to the adults in his life to live his life and not fulfill other people's dreams.
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"I wish I knew why you made me call you Darryl. And not Dad."

Sunny is tired of being a long-distance runner. He's just not feeling it anymore. So one day, during a race, he just stops running. Why would he do this? Darryl (his father) can't believe Sunny would turn his back on his talent. 

But like always, Coach seems to understand and he introduces Sunny to the discus throw. At first it seems strange, but Sunny is willing to work at it. And in the process, Sunny begins to work through the grief that he has been feeling over the death of his mother. He also begins to see his dad in a new light.
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This is the third book in a series about a group of kids who come together as a running team.  Sunny is the long distance runner and he's really good.  However, he's having a bit of meltdown-he's dealing with the death of his mother, who died in childbirth.  What's really great about this one is the language-Reynolds really gets us inside Sunny's busy brain and it's a wonderful place to be.  The kids are going to like this one a lot.
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Great story that's perfect for YA readers. I love the character development and the connection between personal interests and determination and success in achieving other goals - in Sunny's case on the track field. The author's writing style is also exceptional - the language, descriptions, and fluidity made this hard to put down. Definitely a must read!!
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Each book in this series gets better and better! I love how this one is written in a diary format because we can truly understand Sunny.
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This series by Jason Reynolds is great.  I loved Ghost and Patina when they first came out.  I love Sunny too.

Highly recommend this series for your school library or the children's department of the public library.
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My favorite book in the series thus far. As a teacher, I see so many possibilities with this book. The most obvious one is to teach stream of consciousness, but I would love to share this book with students and teachers to foster empathy and understanding of people with ADD or ADHD—the book never says Sunny has attention deficit, but it is clear that he does.
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I really enjoyed the third book in the Ghost series. There were times where it was difficult to figure out who was speaking due to the diary format. Definitely looking forward to the next installment in the series.
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Sunny is an amazing book.  The diary format was a surprise for me because the first two books were not written in that style.  That suits Sunny’s story though.  Sunny struggles with how he fits in- with his family and with his track teammates. But when the time is finally right for Sunny all the pieces come together just like the puzzles he and his dad work on.  I look forward  sharing this title with my students.
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In "Sunny," it is, once again, apparent why Jason Reynolds is so beloved.  In the next installment in the Track Series, Sunny, an award winning track star, has decided to no longer compete.  No one can comprehend why, but, in his own inimitable way, he discloses that he never liked running.  So, the coach suggests he become a discus thrower for the team.
The name Sunny describes him so well.  Yet, he has suffered so much, especially the lack of sensitivity of his father, who he must call Darryl, as opposed to Dad.  There is reconciliation and forgiveness in this book that resonates so loudly.
Reynolds is an amazing author.  His nonconformist writing and use of sounds to illustrate words are amazing.  It is no wonder that we all wait so anxiously for his next works.
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I love this series. It has helped so many students at my school in various ways. I cannot wait to add this one to the collection
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Sunny is the third in the Track series, and I was really looking forward to getting inside Sunny's mind, because so far he has been a bit of a mystery. 

Sunny is one of the four 'newbies' (with Ghost, Patina and Lu), the long distance runner. He is quiet, nice, supportive and that is almost all we know about him before reading his book. And that his relationship with his father seems painful and distant. 

Right at the beginning of the book, Sunny decides that he does not want to run anymore. In the middle of a race that he is winning. It is the first step that he takes towards controlling his life. Coach does not give up on him, and seeks a way to include Sunny by having him train for the discus throw. 

I love how Jason Reynolds writes the Track series from completely different character povs. This is a great series; looking forward to Lu's book.
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