Patina by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Patina is the second book in the Track series by Jason Reynolds. I loved Book 1, Ghost, and was afraid Patina would be pale or stale in comparison. I’m glad to be able to say she isn’t and it isn’t. Patina lives in the same world as Ghost, and also runs track for the Defenders, but that’s where the similarities blur. For one, she attends a ritzy private school, Chester Academy, and for two, she and her younger sister, Maddy, live with her uncle and aunt since her Ma’s had both legs amputated due to “the sugar,” (diabetes.) In spite of the upheaval of her home and school lives, Patina holds her head high, does what she can to help, and runs like the wind. This is a well-wrought individual story with tight ties to the first volume, and I look forward to Sunny, Book 3.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC REYNOLDS)


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