Patina: Track, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
2018 Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade
A YALSA 2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Selection
ALSC 2018 Notable Children’s Recordings List
A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds.
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds, with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team - a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other but to themselves.
Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons - to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she's been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason why she's not able to live with her "real" mom any more: Her mom has The Sugar, and Patty is terrified that the disease that took her mom's legs will one day take her away forever. So Patty's also running for her mom, who can't. But can you ever really run away from any of this? As the stress builds up, it's building up a pretty bad attitude as well. Coach won't tolerate bad attitude. No day, no way. And now he wants Patty to run relay...where you have to depend on other people. How's she going to do that?
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 46 minutes|
|Narrator||Heather Alicia Simms|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 29, 2017|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,200 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in African American Stories for Children
#8 in Sports Fiction for Children
#9 in Children's Track & Field Books
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Middle-schooler Patty (Patina) navigates a life in which her father has died, her mother - to whom she is very close -- cannot care for her and her little sister, her black uncle and white aunt provide a home for them, her charter school seems to be predominantly white, and her elite track team is her salvation (as well as one of her big struggles). Some of the difficulties she faces are universal to 12yo girls in America, some are unique to her family situation, and all are affected by color and cultures. She and extended family and friends all support one another in big and loving ways, but that doesn't prevent one conundrum and sometimes crisis after another from presenting itself.
As a former teacher of middle school literature, I wish I had a class with which to share this book. As a grandmother, I found in Patty a hero for the toddler in my life. And as a white gm, I appreciated the clear depictions and occasional parenthentical explanations of things I'm trying to learn about, like beads and hair wrapping.
Now on to the rest of the books in the series!
Highly recommend this series. Great read. Now, on to the next book, Sunny. Let's Go.
Again, these books are age 10+ so they're quick, easy reads. But they're so sweet.
Patina is in middle school. When she was 6, her dad went to sleep and never woke up. A few years later, her mom lost her legs to "the sugar". And now Patina and her 6 yo sister Maddy live with their Uncle Tony and Aunt Emily who they call Momly.
Patina wants to make her family proud. And she wants to be helpful and successful and get good grades. And she's never more confident than she is on the track.
These books remind you of what you have and what you may forget to appreciate. It will come as no surprise to those of you who know me well that I'm not much of a sports person. But I definitely hear my brain cheering for Patina to reach the finish line.
Top reviews from other countries
I love Patty’s distinct voice in this story. She tells the story from her point of view. She is a very strong girl who grows a lot throughout the story.
Patty has a unique family situation. She lives with her aunt (who her and her sister call Momly) and her uncle. But their mom is still alive, though she is unable to take care of them. Her mom had to have both legs amputated due to complications from diabetes. I have never read a story with a character in that condition before, so I learned a lot from this story.
I liked the way that Patty explained things that happened with her mom. Whenever she mentioned medical terms, like diabetes, dialysis, or diagnosis, she noted that they all have the word “die” in them. It was a way for her to analyze what was going on. She was very perceptive and smart when dealing with these difficult situations.
I loved this book. The third book in the series, Sunny, is coming out next week, and I can’t wait to read it!