Mar 18, 09
Read in March, 2009
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Harcourt, 1997, 303, $6.95
Topics: Sports, relationships, honesty and integrity
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 swarm, bug-infested homes have to be fumigated, and lightning storms threaten the safety of the football players every afternoon, yet Paul grows to love this citrus bearing town. There are two tragic deaths in this story and an appalling revelation about how Paul became visually impaired, but author Edward Bloor manages to instill hope and convince readers that Paul will triumph!
I would use this award-winning book in a middle grades classroom. It deals with relevant and interesting issues and themes and lends itself to thought provoking discussion.