Tangerine

Tangerine

Book - 2006
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Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bug-eyed alien. But he’s not so blind that he can’t see there are some very unusual things about his family’s new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Where else does a sinkhole swallow the local school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day? The chaos is compounded by constant harassment from his football–star brother, and adjusting to life in Tangerine isn’t easy for Paul—until he joins the soccer team at his middle school. With the help of his new teammates, Paul begins to discover what lies beneath the surface of his strange new hometown. And he also gains the courage to face up to some secrets his family has been keeping from him for far too long. In Tangerine, it seems, anything is possible.
Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt Inc., 2006, c1997.
ISBN: 9780152012465
015201246X
9780590432771
059043277X
9780152057800
9780439286039
0439286034
Call Number: BLOOR
Characteristics: 312 p. ; 19 cm
Subjects: Florida -- Fiction.
Diaries -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.
People with visual disabilities -- Fiction.
Brothers -- Fiction.
Soccer stories.

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Jul 24, 2017

A bit rough for a kids’ book (there are two deaths – one by murder), but a good story and a powerful denouncement of racism. The Dad in the story is truly infuriating, as is the protagonist junior high student Paul’s ability to put up with him. And at the end, one realizes that, if only the truth had been told in the first place (even from those characters who are lying to themselves), things might have turned out much differently.

multcolib_susannel Jun 19, 2015

No one can believe it when their rival school recruits twelve-year-old Paul to their soccer team- he's clumsy and half blind- isn't he?
Don't they really want his jock brother Erik?

AdrianaPaola Aug 01, 2014

I read this book in my free time and it turned out to be a very good book but the situations that happened in the book and the way the family were it was very sad. Besides that it was a great book!

FindingJane Jun 18, 2014

With foreshadowing that happens in the very first chapter, it doesn’t take much to realize this story is going to be much darker than most coming-of-age tales. The novel features a character given to weird flashes of memory that seem almost like blackouts (until a moment when he actually does lose consciousness). But the oddness doesn’t begin or end there.

Charting a rather grimmer path into mundane adolescence than would be expected for a book listed as for ages 10 and up, Tangerine shows the fluidity of memory, the stress of fitting in, the wish to stand out and the strain that growing up can mean for people. Every character is carefully written, with the adults given almost as much space for their individual dramas as the children are. The protagonist, Paul Fisher, is a boy with so much internal drama going on inside him you wonder how he’s able to stand upright and function on a daily basis. He’s got secrets, layers and an inner strength even he is unaware of until it comes time for him to speak out and tell what he knows.

Powerful and haunting, "Tangerine" is an uneasily powerful book with dark themes that are belied by its innocent title and a shocking denouement. This is most certainly not a children’s book.

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chewarner
Dec 26, 2013

I usually do not read realistic fiction, but this is an exception for me. I remember my 8th grade English teacher reading this to us and I loved it. I think it would make a great movie.

chrisgotstacks Jul 27, 2012

reaad this for schoool and i think its amazing ' its a really amazing book you should read this

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Dandoona1999
Jul 09, 2012

I really liked this book. I had to read it for school, and did it very willingly. It's not something I'd normally pick up, but with the soccer themes and the relatable character, I did, and I don't regret it. :D

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2012

Although i read this for school, i still really liked it!

_hollister_ Jun 07, 2012

this book was written well and it deals with a lot of social issues. the reason why paul needs glasses is horrifying!!!!! i felt soooo bad!!

hqearth Sep 28, 2011

I really loved this book. It deals with bullying, loss and moving. Its written very well.

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chrisgotstacks Jul 27, 2012

outgoing and very powerful people

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