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Lu (4) (Track) Paperback – October 8, 2019
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Lu is the man, the kid, the guy. The one and only. Not only was he a miracle baby but he is albino. He's special down to his gold chains and diamond earrings, but he feels a little less once-in-a-lifetime when his parents tell him they're pregnant again. On top of this sobering news, he's leading the Defenders alongside a cocaptain who isn't pleased about sharing the title; and he's training for the 110-meter hurdles, choking at every leap. As the championship approaches, can he prove his uniqueness one final time? As with the prior titles, the final installment in the four-book Track series is uplifting and moving, full of athletic energy and eye-level insight into the inner-city middle-school track-team experience. While it must be said that Lu has the least distinct voice of the four narrators--and given that Reynolds has proven himself to be an absolute master of voice, that is disappointing--this story is not a letdown. Virtually every subplot is a moving moral lesson on integrity, humility, or reconciliation, and Reynolds wraps up his powerful series with a surprising ending, all while scattering rewarding details about Ghost, Patina, and Sunny to let the reader truly revel in this multidimensional world as it comes to a close. -- Becca Worthington--Booklist *STARRED REVIEW* "Oct 1, 2018 "
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Ghost was and still is my favorite character, and I wish the whole series was told from his perspective. I liked the little storyline with the coach and Lu's dad, although I felt it was resolved a little too easy.
I also wish there was a book told from the coach's perspective.
Lu and his family are THE CUTEST. So, this book opens with Lu finding out his mother is having a baby, and then becomes a great take about making mistakes and rising above terrible choices.
Reynolds ties out his amazing series with a very honest tale with some tough life lessons built-in. Addiction is a big part of this story, and I think it’s an important and relatable topic for middle grade literature. Our kids today are seeing and experiencing addiction in staggering numbers and we need to discuss the consequences and impacts of this disease more openly.
And what makes this book even better is we finally learn so much more about Coach. His childhood, his past, his philosophies, his family...
A great ending, bittersweet, yet satisfying.
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Very interesting books - esp if you want your child to realise there are kids from different kinds of families and with very different lives and dreams.