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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  23,137 Ratings  ·  2,166 Reviews
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 compoun ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Mitch Komp
Sep 25, 2012 Mitch Komp rated it did not like it
Jumana Abou-karr
Dec 17, 2013 Jumana Abou-karr rated it liked it
Tangerine by Edward Bloor is a novel about the Fisherman family and their sons, Erik and Paul. They moved from Texas to Lake Windsor Downs in Tangerine County, Florida. One of the sons is legally blind.His whole life he was told that he was blind because he stared into a full solar eclipse when he was young,but doesn't remember.Now he is in a particular time in his life where he is starting out in a new school.Their Dad is also plays a roll in why they moved due to his job as a civil engineer.
Casey Schneider
Mar 05, 2008 Casey Schneider rated it really liked it
This is actually the best book I've read before, even though I don't read much. I can relate to it a lot, because it's about soccer, and I play it a lot. In this book, Paul Fisher is a young boy who moved from Texas, too Tangerine, Florida. He goes to a school where he can finally play soccer, but then has a conflict because of his impaired vision. That is a whole different part of the story, my favorite part. His parents have been lying to him his whole life about why he has impaired vision. Er ...more
Chris Donaldson
Dec 28, 2012 Chris Donaldson rated it really liked it
What can I tell you except my daughter Phoebe is reading this. She's in 7th grade up here in Washington State and she brought it home and laid it down with a big thud and a groan and "Here it is, Dad. I can't believe you want to read it too." Which is something I'm trying to do: read all the books my two daughters are reading, which is surprisingly easy since kids these days don't do much reading it appears at all in school. Novels anyway.
So I dug in and was immediately swept up in this story a
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I HATED THIS BOOK. The main character is extremely annoying. The plot is all over the place--sometimes boring, sometimes too dramatic. A bunch of people die randomly. I don't recommend it.
As I figured out which shelves to put this on, I was realizing that Bloor really tried to pack a lot of issues into a relatively short book and he did an excellent job of it. There's the racism/classism stuff and environmentalism (or lack thereof) and disabilities and how they are dealt with in the school system and lots of inequity that isn't related to race or class and farming and safe driving and sports and bulleying and and and.

The story is compelling. The characters are beyond believable a
Asghar Abbas
Jul 18, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't think I have ever been this furious, this hopping-mad, indignant, filled with righteous anger, seething with a Jane Eyre type impotent rage, as when I was reading this novel. Lemme think about it? Nope. Never. This is the only one.

Because I kinda figured out what was happening and what was the reason behind our hero's tragic condition. What had happened? Now that is something really revolting. Not to mention, unfair.

Look, I get it; parenting is hard. Not everyone is cut out to be parent
David Gutierrez
Feb 17, 2016 David Gutierrez rated it it was amazing
Fudge! I wrote a status update for this book, but it didn't update as I put "I've finished this book" instead... So sad... I cri evry tim. Okay... So part three of this book is the best part! It gets so tense and extremely suspenseful near the end. It has some extremely funny parts and some sad parts. It finally reveals why Paul has impaired vision. Something that kind of made me very mad is that :


Erik did not get his proper punishment, I felt li
Jun 23, 2008 Freddy rated it it was ok
I read it in 7th Grade in school as required reading. Out of all the books I read that year, I personally found "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie was (and is still) the best. However, this came in second.

This book about a boy who is nearly blind and moves to Florida. The book generally was quite nice. However, I felt the plot was a tad bit weird, and the description of how he was blinded somewhat creepy and icky. However, overall, it was an ok book to read that someone else might hav
Feb 23, 2016 Arturo added it
This is the best book ever.
Linda (Librarian)
Sep 11, 2007 Linda (Librarian) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Paul is the goalie for his soccer team despite the fact the he is practically blind. His parents hardly notice that he is a gifted soccer player becasue he is completely overshadowed by his older brother, Erik. His father is particularly obsessed by Erik and his chances of getting a football scholarship at a big college. Paul is the only one who notices that Erik is not a nice person, to say the least. The book begins as the family moves to Tangerine, Florida. One of the things that I particular ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Kunal rated it liked it
I liked this book for quite a few reasons. The characters were really good and they developed quite a bit since the start of the book, especially Tino. There was also a nice plot, keeping me engaged in. It was a big slow towards the first few pages but the last 150 pages were quite interesting and picked up very well. But still, there wasn't enough in this book to get it a four star. Needless to say, this was a good book and I'm glad I picked it up.
Ricardo Juarez
Feb 22, 2016 Ricardo Juarez rated it it was amazing
Erick can be a men person because he made fun o f mike Costello. Paul thinks that Erik is a mean and cruel person.
Aug 01, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I live in Tangerine. Well, at least near it. The real town of Tangerine is in Orange County, Florida, about ten miles south of where I live in Lake County, and the resemblances between the fictional town and the real one are close. That's what drew me to the book, but its story kept me going. There are two boys in this family, who have just moved to a large cookiecutter house in Lake Windsor, a swanky subdivision in this town northwest of Orlando. Older son Erik: football hero, egotistical, nast ...more
Oct 08, 2009 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This just might be the greatest debut novel since Brian Jacques had "Redwall" published in the mid-1980s, and I do not say that without much pause.
The pulse-pounding ebb and flow of Edward Bloor's fantastic story grabbed me by the throat from the very first pages and never relinquished its grip through harrowing twist after harrowing twist. Action and adventure of a rarely seen superiority flood over and under and within the text all the way through, transforming the perception of the reader a
Mar 04, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it
The sibling conflict in "Tangerine" is raw, heartbreaking, frightening, and maddening. Bloor reveals the pivotal source of the conflict in slow, re-captured memories, until the climax, when the main character, Paul, understands both the past and the present. Bloor wrestles with the past and present throughout the book -- in form and content; at times, he loses command of past-tense and present-tense forms and the sense of timing and narrative flow falls out of whack. Paul's first-person POV acce ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
I think the story was funny and sad but cool because Paul played soccer and he thought he was the best goaley in the world. And then Paul moves to a new town call tangerine he meets a new friend Joey and they both play soccer and tangerine middle school. Then a sink hole comes and destroys the school and Paul goes to a new school tangerine middle then he meets new friends and then at the end they Paul's bother and his friend goes to jail for killing pauls friends brother.
Kahleia Corpuz
Feb 16, 2016 Kahleia Corpuz rated it really liked it
It's a really good book. The exposition was really iffy for me and not that great. When we got towards the turning point, everything really started to interesting quick. I really liked how it ended even though this book was kind of hard to end.
Armando Torres
Feb 22, 2016 Armando Torres rated it it was amazing
This bbokk is very good because it talk about how people are treated with disabilities....
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 14, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 6th-10th graders
I hate sports, and I loved this book. Paul has worn thick glasses ever since a mysterious accident that happened when he was five, but he's not blind, and he is seeing more clearly every day. He loves soccer, and is determined to play goalie at his new school in Tangerine, Florida. But his mom registers him as disabled, and he is disqualified to play. So he switches to the city school. Paul remains undaunted by everything he is faced with in weird Florida - muck fires, lightning striking everywh ...more
Jul 03, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I thought it was going to be about a social-outcast kid who wears really thick glasses, playing soccer. And I thought it would make me sad. But it's actually about a kid who wears really thick glasses, and his nasty (like, psychotic) older brother, and moving to florida, and lightning, and muck fires, and mystery! What was the accident that caused his loss of vision--and why can't he remember it? And what it going on in Tangerine county?--Why are the muck fields ablaze, why does lightning strike ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Dondee Gocongg
Feb 22, 2016 Dondee Gocongg rated it it was amazing
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Mar 11, 2016 Ilise rated it really liked it
Finished it with my classmates it was a pretty good book but at the same time very sad at the end.
Linda Lipko
Aug 10, 2012 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is more than a coming of age story. It is a tale of awakening to the reality that family members can indeed harm, both psychologically and physically.

Thirteen year old Paul Fischer wears super duper coke bottle glasses. His family repeatedly tells the story that unfortunately he looked at a solar eclipse too long thus resulting in his impaired vision. Somehow Paul knows this just isn't true.

When his family moves to Tangerine Florida his life changes dramatically. A nerd, a geek and a quiet
May 18, 2014 Rohan rated it it was amazing
A 320-page story full of twists and turns, Tangerine beautifully describes the life of a middle school teenage student in Florida. After recently moving cities, Paul Fisher finds himself attending the local public middle school in Lake Winsdor. Paul’s thick glasses don’t make easy for him to fit in – he is almost considered legally blind, yet his passion for soccer allows him to slowly get to know people. At Lake Winsdor, Paul is listed for an IEP, meaning that he is treated as a disabled person ...more
Set in Florida- are all of Mr. Bloor's books set in Florida?

We have a young boy settling into a new school. He hopes to leave his past behind and start fresh. He is always the boy who damaged his eyes by stupidly looking at the sun. He does not remember this, but this is the story that haunts and taunts him as he has grown up. His older brother, the golden boy of the family slides into his new high school, the football team and a bunch of bully boys easily. All of Dad's attention and hopes are p
Mar 18, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Harcourt, 1997, 303, $6.95
Topics: Sports, relationships, honesty and integrity
ISBN: 015201246X
Rebecca Dulaney

Paul Fisher, a legally blind, 12-year-old middle school goalie, moves to Florida and joins the War Eagles—Tangerine County’s best and toughest soccer team. He makes new friends, battles the stigma of being visually impaired, and begins to recover suppressed memories of abuse by his older, football playing brother Erik. Muck fires burn continuously, mosquitoes swar
Chris Thompson
May 22, 2013 Chris Thompson rated it it was ok
Edward Bloor's novel, Tangerine, has too many different plots and themes to have an identity. On one hand it is a soccer story; on another hand it is a story about race and the urban school setting; also it's a story about a boy who can't remember something bad that happened to him long ago. It works best as a soccer story, as the other two stories grow cliche and uninteresting. It's not that this is a bad story. For the first 200 pages it's an engrossing tale, but it's in the last 100 pages tha ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an authentic male middle-grade voice
4.5 stars

I read Tangerine for the first time when I was in seventh grade-- it was my favorite book. There was a lot of hype for it to live up to this time around, but I enjoyed the book just as much now.

There are so many things this book is about. It's a soccer story, a family story. It addresses issues of class, race, and gender, and deals with some of the worst kinds of family dysfunction. And at the end, it's also about bravery, honesty, and loyalty.

It's also worth mentioning that Paul's br
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Edward (William) Bloor

Personal Information: Born October 12, 1950, in Trenton, NJ; son of Edward William and Mary (Cowley) Bloor; married Pamela Dixon (a teacher), August 4, 1984. Father to a daughter and a son. Education: Fordham University, B.A., 1973.

Career: Novelist and editor. English teacher in Florida public high schools, 1983-86; Harcourt Brace School Publishers, Orlando, FL, senior editor
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“But I can see. I can see everything. I can see things that mom and dad can't. Or won't.” 1 likes
“I set the garbage bag down and leaned against the station wagon, staring east, directly into the rising sun. I’m not supposed to do that because my glasses are so thick. My brother, Erik, once told me that if I ever look directly into the sun with these glasses, my eyeballs will burst into flame, like dry leaves under a magnifying glass.” 0 likes
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