Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: The Ghost Runner by Jennifer Hartz


The Ghost Runner by Jennifer Hartz
Desert Breeze Publishing / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
The boy was 8-years-old when he died. Decades later he came to play with us.

Almost every kid grows up playing with ghost runners, imaginary people who run the bases for you when you don't have enough kids to play. Twelve-year-old Chandler Dean is no exception, but nothing could surprise Chandler more than a real ghost joining the game.

Chandler must uncover the mystery of the ghost runner all the while dealing with middle school adolescence, including his best friend moving away and awkward interactions with a new crush. Chandler's search for answers uncovers both past and present tragedies. Is Chandler strong enough to endure why the ghost runner has come?

My rating:
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My thoughts:

Before "The Ghost Runner", I'd read four of Jennifer Hartz's books: "Conception", "Resurrection", "Evacuation", and "Desecration". This story was different from those, as it's a middle grade story and "ghosts" are talked about and in the book.

The characters were good. For being such a short story, there was still some depth to them. I really liked how the story alternated between present day and Chandler's memories of past events. I was very surprised by something that happened in the story...I did not expect something like that to happen! (I won't go into details, because that would definitely be a spoiler). It did make me a little misty-eyed, though.

I'm not too fond of the "ghost" aspect to "The Ghost Runner" or what happened in the final scenes, but as a whole, I liked the story and found it interesting. If you typically like this type of story, you'll probably like "The Ghost Runner".

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