(1) 4-6 Track series. First introduced in Ghost, Patina ("Patty") and her younger sister live with their godparents after their father's sudden death and mother's double amputation from diabetes. Track-and-field scenes (and drama) are interspersed with home and school scenes (and drama), with excellent insights into the life of an African American middle schooler; Patty's interactions as the new girl at an elite academy are especially humorous and authentic.


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