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When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story—and the story of a very old orange tree—connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a y...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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The Rusty Key
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Both boys and girls, aged 8 to 12.

One Word Summary: Diffuse.

The problems with this book are quite nebulous in nature. The concept, a day in the life of one community, all centering around an orange tree in an abandoned lot in the suburbs of Los Angeles, is an alluring one. The characters, and there are a lot of them, are interesting, each with their own internal conflict that is worked out in the course of the day. The writing is mo...more
Debbie McNeil
A very sweet beautiful read, but I fear the pacing, flashbacks and intricate description makes it more of a "librarian book."
Laura Bryant
I read this book with my 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son and they absolutely loved it. It is about the orange tree on Orange Street in a suburban neighborhood of Los Angeles and all of the people whose lives have been touched over the many years the tree has proudly stood and comforted them. The story is told from the perspective of all of the kids that currently live on Orange Street as well as the eldest resident of Orange Street who has seen many come and go. A stranger has parked acro...more
Melissa
I must have missed what all the other reviewers found so great about this book. I found it painfully dull and unrefreshing. Not amazing at all.
Vikki VanSickle
The Magic Childhood Space is a common subject (or setting) of children’s books. These spaces can take the form of treehouses (The Odds Get Even), forts (The Egypt Game), re-named natural spaces (Lake of Shining Waters, anyone?), and plots of land transformed by imagination and play (Roxaboxen). In this case, The Magic Childhood Space is an overgrown lot on a street in Los Angeles that was never developed, at the centre of which is the most perfect valencia orange tree one could imagine. The lot...more
Jessica
These days it seems like it's rare to find a contemporary realistic fiction middle grade title where no one dies, has abusive parents, or has to go through some other horrible struggle. Not that there isn't a place for all that, but there are quite a few kids and parent who are looking for something like One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street, which is as refreshing as the Valencia oranges on the subject of the book.

As the title indicates, One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Stre...more
Bethany
The children that live on Orange Street know a thing or two about oranges. The big, old orange tree in the vacant lot supplies them with juicy, delicious fruit, and more importantly, with a place. A place to hold meetings, like those of the Girls with Long Hair Club, a place to practice magic, a place to dig, and a place to heal, and a place keep secrets. They all understand that the orange tree belongs to all of them, to the children of Orange Street, but one morning, they wake up to an orange...more
Ardea Smith
Title / Author / Publication Date: One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: The last remaining orange tree on a Southern California street brings together neighbors of all ages as they face their problems and anxieties, including the possibility that a mysterious stranger is a threat to their tree.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: One of the characters is dealing with Alzheimers and another character's storyline deal...more
Pam Torres
In about thirty minutes my new grandson will be born. These milestone events often crown our lives and connect us to one another. Rocklin's story about an ordinary orange tree highlights how many ways we are connected, the small ways that we often forget about. As she describes each character, we get a glimpse of their own thoughts and dreams. The orange tree standing alone in the vacant lot provides a sense of place, a grounded tangible metaphor for life. With its roots firmly planted it is fre...more
Marcia
This book reminded me a little of Fleischman's Seed Folk in the way it portrayed a neighborhood. I didn't love this book, and I think it may be due to the audio--it was hard to keep track of all the characters and their stories on my quick trips in the car. The writing was lovely, and it might work well as a classroom read aloud. Truthfully, I don't know that it will have a lot of kid appeal---we will see!
Susanna
Sep 08, 2013 Susanna is currently reading it
Really want to read this book but new to good reads and donts know how to download it!!
Caroline
FOCAL Award 2012 winner! a book that can be reread several times.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here.

One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin has one of the most complicated and difficult to remember titles of any book I've come across in a long time. It is title worth trying to remember though as it is a wonderful heartwarming story of friendship and community and the magic in everyday life.

The story follows the lives of the citizens on Orange Street over the course of a day and a half and centers on the vacant lot with the lone standing orange...more
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
As I write this review I am STILL not sure how I feel about this novel. It was such a simple story, yet there was a depth to it that made it amazing.

Book Summary:

"The street I lived on was like a book of stories, all different, but bound together." _The Memoirs of Ethel Finneymaker

Orange Street is in California, and it is a street with a special history. Once part of a large orange orchard, Orange Street is now the only place that can prove an orchard was ever there at all because it has the onl...more
Ellie
This story follows the kids of Orange Street for one day and one morning. Jumping back and forth to different stories, we meet Bunny, an OCD girl whose rituals keep her mother safe on business trips, Leandra, who is expecting a new sibling and isn't sure if she'll be a good older sister, Ali, whose baby brother Edgar had a brain tumor and no longer smiles or talks, and Robert, who does magic and craves the attention of his father, Manny the nanny (Edgar's nanny/manny), and Ali. Throughout the da...more
thewanderingjew
The story takes placed in one day. It is set in a small neighborhood in Los Angeles and is written somewhat like a fairy tale for older children, aged 8-12. I say this because, like a fairy tale it has a happy ending, and like a fairy tale, on its way to that ending it has some pretty sad and tragic moments.
Although the concepts covered are more appropriate for older children, the approach and writing style is geared more to younger readers. The main characters are in the 9-10 year old range, ho...more
Renee
Sep 22, 2011 Renee rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Sweet on Books
I’m honestly not sure where to begin when discussing this book. I like the writing style, the delightful and sometimes quirky descriptions, and many of the thought-provoking ideas presented. Rocklin explores the “orange” – it’s color, texture, taste, smell and history – and weaves it expertly through a modern day tale of growing up and growing old. The story is delivered as if a movie camera is panning the neighborhood delivering fragments of information as the story slowly comes into focus. The...more
Barbara
I'm often saddened to learn of apple or cherry orchards cut down in the name of progress, and I sometimes wonder what exactly prompts the resolution on the part of the owner to cut or sell the orchards that have produced such delicious fruits. In this particular story, a group of neighborhood children begin their day under the only remaining Valencia orange tree left from a large orchard in California. As most children know, the tree has provided them with a gathering place, shade, something to...more
Eva Mitnick
Three girls, one boy, a mute little brother and his caretaker, an old lady who has lived on Orange Street forever, and a mysterious man in a green car who used to live there a long time ago - these are the character of One Day... Oh, and there's a cat, a dog, a macaw, a mouse (or is that a baby rat?), and the tiniest baby hummingbird ever.

And of course the orange tree, under whose beneficent branches people bury valuable items and have wonderful ideas and make friends.

Though the book takes plac...more
Kristen
Some of my favorite things from this book:

1. The whimsy of it all.
2. The fact that I started out not liking two of the three girls, but grew to love them all by the end. Rocklin does a fantastic job of getting to heart of her characters.
3. The orange tree and what it represents. I’m a sucker for historical sappiness.
4. The poetic/lyrical flow of the book.
5. Rocklin respects her readers! She does not talk down or simplify her story simply because it is a middle grade book. In one way or another,...more
Michelle
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street is the latest recipient of the Beatty Award, given by the California Library Association in honor of a book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people.

Orange Street is so named because the land used to be home to a grove of Valencia orange trees, but sadly the trees gave way to houses, save for this one last tree sitting in an empty lot. The lot is the meeting place for the street's children, and thro...more
Mamers
This reads like your typical Newbery winner... Lots of endless narration, multiple storylines, secrets aplenty (and revealed piece by agonizing piece), and of course, a mysterious stranger to mix it all up. Each storyline is wound together and wrapped up with a nice little bow during the last 20 pages. What prompts me to give this 4 stars is that the characters are downright lovable and realistic. Some of them are going through some very tough times, but Rocklin never gets overly sappy. Even mor...more
Ellen Brandt
An orange tree in an abandoned lot is a popular gathering place for the children of a small Los Angeles neighborhood. The stories of the current generation of children are interspersed with stories from an earlier time through the vivid recollections of an elderly neighbor whose short term memory is failing. Each story gives us a little window into the personal challenges that those around us might be facing; from anxieties and phobias to divorce, sickness, grief; and helps us remember to practi...more
Tracey
children's fiction (eBook edition). Sweet but highly unlikely (a recently-home-from-brain-surgery baby brother would probably not be let out of the parents' sight, I'm thinking, much less sent down the block to hang out with nanny and older sis), and ultimately unmemorable
Ann Haefele


This book was beautifully written but I gave it only three stars because I am not sure children will stick with it....it is one of those children's books that speaks volumes to adults but the deeper meaning might not be followed by children. This is the story of a neighborhood and an orange tree that is so important to the children there. The author weaves the past, the present, and stories of each family that all come together by the end. This orange tree helps each child's hopes come true as...more
Heather
Like its signature ambrosia dessert (recipe at the back of the book), this story was too sweet for me. I could tell the author was swept up in her Magic snow, but I just wasn't there with her. Not a compelling enough narrative for many readers, I think.
Katie Fitzgerald
It's hard to properly describe this book, because its true merits are in the artistic telling of the story. Though not much happens for most of the book, the innermost secrets, wishes, desires, fears, and hopes of these characters are expressed in beautiful language, with very carefully selected words. Robert's desire to perform magic, Bunny's constant worries over her mother's safety on plane trips, and Ali's hopes for her brother, whose brain tumor left him unable to speak, are all described i...more
Renee Bush
Jul 14, 2011 Renee Bush rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle to older elementaries
Recommended to Renee by: Horn Book Magazine
How did this one NOT get more awards?? The author so thoughtfully touches on so many themes of huge import, that this book deserved so much more. Not only that, but it holds the reader's attention to the very end, and that end is extremely satisfying without being unreal in any way. The topics of loneliness, anger, divorce, isolation, peer pressure, elder dementia, fear, and grief are each deftly introduced and just as deftly handled. This is the type of book our children need, want, and enjoy--...more
Deborah
This is the most complex story I have read for this young of an age group. I read it to do a book talk for 4th graders and was really surprised by the intricate way the story is told, and by the subject matter. I liked the 2nd half more than the first, and thought it was wrapped up really nicely. I think this book will appeal to kids who are more socially and emotionally mature, and who have a curiousity about people and relationships. There's no major plot here -- an intriguing mystery for sure...more
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I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the land of four distinct seasons. The winters are so long!

Wintry days and nights inspired me to read many, many books, the most important thing a writer can do. Of course other seasons inspired me, too! And as soon as I learned to hold a pencil I began writing poems, stories, and diaries.

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