One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

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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 Amulet Books
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Debbie McNeil
A very sweet beautiful read, but I fear the pacing, flashbacks and intricate description makes it more of a "librarian book."
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
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
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
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
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.
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!!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ann Haefele

This book was beautifully written but I gave it only three stars because I am not sure children will stick with 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
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
Janice  Durante
Joanne Rocklin really gets how children think -- their obsessive quirks, their penchant for clubs, their need of friends, their love of justice. What a joy to read a realistic novel where the characters are absolutely believable. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street features four friends -- Ali, Robert, Bunny, and Leandra -- who always play at an empty lot on their street. And on that lot is a big, beautiful Valencia orange tree, with the juiciest oranges of all. The orange tree on O...more

Orange Street is named for an orchard that was where the houses are now. There is one Valencia orange tree is left in a vacant lot where the block’s children play. The story revolves around Ms. Snoops, an older woman with memories of the block from her childhood, each of the children, and a mystery man who drives by in a green car.

The story will remind readers of long summer days when it was safe to run through the neighborhood and children knew all the neighbors. This is a charming book and wo...more
A bunch of kids and a vacant lot with an old orange tree growing on it. For many years the orange tree has been a sort of touchpoint for the neighborhood. Kids play on and under it and dig in the dirt around it, families pick its fruit, and the oldest neighbor remembers the lives of many, many people who have lived on the street as she thinks about the tree. We see several families from the inside, not with their polite faces on, but dealing with the everyday realities of their lives. We see the...more
I wanted to like this book. We tried really hard to get through it. But some nights it fell behind the bed, and even if we all knew it was there, we pretended it was lost. But the guilt took over, as we cheated on this book with other books in the very same bed, as this book was listening in from its dark crevice. We thought it best to just call the relationship off.

On the surface, this book should have been my kind of book. Character-driven rather than plot driven. But the girls were just too s...more
Apr 21, 2014 Carol added it
A sweet children's book with some unusual role models, including a male nanny. And I loved the orange tree as a central motif!

Please note that I don't use the star rating system, so this review should not be interpreted as a zero.
Alexa Mazur
This book was really cute! It is about how one day, a man no one has seen before shows up! The children on the block are so curious about him, that they try to all get together and decide who he is. They have no idea at the time, but his stories all connect to their own personal worries about Orange Street! This book would be used for elementary school students. I think it would be a fun book to read in a class, and I think it is good for students to read because a lesson could be taught about n...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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