Tangerine

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 294 pages
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Edward Bloor's award-winning novel grabs readers by the collar on the first page and never lets go. Tangerine, Florida--once known for its citrus groves--is now an uninhabitable quagmire of muck fires and school-swallowing sinkholes. Still, twelve-year-old Paul sees the move as a way to start anew, maybe even make a name for himself in middle school soccer--despite his father's obsession with his high-school-age brother Erik's future in football. Paul is visually impaired (without his Coke bottle glasses), but it's everyone else who seems to be blind to Erik's dangerous nature. Written as a series of Paul's journal entries, "Tangerine" is a gut-wrenching coming-of-age novel about truth, memory, culture, courage, social consciousness, classism, the environment . . . and soccer. Paul is a character well worth cheering for. Underdogs of the world, unite!

Awards: ABA's Pick of the Lists, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, Horn Book Fanfare Selection, IRA Young Adults' Choice, New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

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Very mysterious book, nice plot, a good book overall. - LibraryThing
Ambiguous, authentic ending. - LibraryThing
... it is a good book not to long but easy to read. - LibraryThing
Edward wasn't just a writer, he was also a teacher. - LibraryThing
They have very similar plot to Tangerine. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Well that was seriously intense, amazing, even. Definitely not just a 'book for boys who like soccer' or even a 'book about a kid who's kind of blind.' The mystery and reveal are indeed huge. (Though ... Read full review

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User Review  - utbw42 - LibraryThing

Interesting....and weird. I read this along with my son as part of his summer reading. I'm sure a 13-year-old can relate to this book much better than I can right now. A good title for this book could ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

EDWARD BLOOR is the author of four acclaimed novels. A former high school teacher, he lives near Orlando, Florida.

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