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Park Ridge Reads Junior Edition




Every other fall, Park Ridge residents participate in a community-wide initiative to promote reading and spark discussion around one exceptional book. This September, we have taken this bi-annual event one step further and are introducing a Junior Edition of Park Ridge Reads.

We invite kids and teens (grades 4 – 8) and their families to read the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds, a 2016 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 novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

BONUS: Patina, the sequel to Ghost, was released August 29.

Join us in reading and discussing this award-winning novel.

Participate in book discussions for kids, teens and families

Join us for a live Skype visit with author, Jason Reynolds

Run like Ghost in a Family Walk2Run

Join Dick Pond in a three-mile Walk2Run. Kids not yet in grade 6 must be with an adult. Teens in grade 6 and older must have a parental waiver signed unless running with an adult. Weather permitting.

About the author

SeptOct_2017_RV4.pdf_-_Adobe_Acrobat_Pro_DCHe has been profiled by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, School Library Journal, and other media outlets. He enjoys speaking to young people about the power of reading and telling their own stories. Reynolds currently lives in Washington, DC.

Jason Reynolds books

The Boy in the Black Suit 

As Brave As You (co-author)


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