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Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a fictional novel set in a modern day city and follows the life of 7th grader, Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw as he struggles to overcome a difficult childhood and find a new direction in life with the help of his mentor, Coach Brody.
The two main characters Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw and his mentor Coach Otis Brody have a lot of parallels in their lives that are revealed throughout the novel. This Venn Diagram compares and contrasts both characters.
CoachCab DriverFatherHusbandDad passed awayCoach of the DefendersLoves to mentor kidsOlympic Gold Medal WinnerThinks Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player
Coach Otis Brody vs. Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw
GHOST by Jason Reynolds
AthleticRunnersTraumatic experiences with their fathersGrew up in Glass ManorRunning and being on a team helped them find purpose and overcome difficult background
Castle StudentSonFriend to Mr. Charles, Dre, and RedDad in jailBullied at schoolLoves the Guinness Book of World, Records, and sunflower seedsWants to be a basketball playerStruggling with his pastThinks LeBron James is the greatest basketball player