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Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2006, c1997
Edition: 1st Harcourt pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780152057800
Branch Call Number: YA BLO
Characteristics: 312 p. ;,19 cm


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Jun 17, 2018

Well-written and full of positive attitudes and role models for a variety of issues. Published in 1997, so some of the references are outdated and a few allusions to things, such as Charlie the Tuna TV ads, are likely unknown to today's young readers. But these are minor. Still recommended for its positive portrayals and realistic prose. Older adults will like it too - perhaps now better than youngsters.

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.

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

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!!

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