"Come on kid you have got to be doing better than this in school. No more fights, stealing, or getting in trouble."
Ghost by Jason Reynolds Project by Campbell Sikes
When Ghost was young there was a tragic incident that helped him realize that running was his talent. After the incident Ghost and his mother seek shelter in Mr.Charles' shop. Mr.Charles is like a grandfather for Ghost, always encouraging him to do his best. Ghost has always known that he had a talent for running but he never knew how good he was until Coach found and started training him.
"Whoa kid, you're fast!"
Ghost is not the most well behaved student but made a deal with Coach to do his best to do better. There were two incidences when he broke the deal but both times Coach was able to forgive him. Ghost then gets to run in his first competitive race, the hundred meter run. This experience helped Ghost that he is running for his life, not from it.
Rising Action (continued on next storyboard)
One night when Ghost's dad was on a drunken rampage, he pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot him and his mom. Ghost started running as fast as he could and got away with his mom. It was in these moments that Ghost found out that he could really run.
Ghost was watching a track team practice and decided that he wanted to give it a try too. He walked down to the track and said to the coach, "Just blow the whistle" and he did. The coach then realized that this kid had talent so, he convinced Ghost and Ghost's mom to let him run for the team. There was only one condition, his mom wanted him off the team if he got in trouble at school one more time. Coach agreed.
Not even 24 hours after he agreed to not get into trouble at school, he got in trouble at school. He told coach after school and Ghost was able to convince Coach not to tell his mom.