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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  668 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Debbie McNeil
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very sweet beautiful read, but I fear the pacing, flashbacks and intricate description makes it more of a "librarian book."
The Rusty Key
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-log
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
Pam Torres
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cover-art
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
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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!
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
FOCAL Award 2012 winner! a book that can be reread several times.
Sep 08, 2013 is currently reading it
Really want to read this book but new to good reads and donts know how to download it!!
Lauren Scanlon
The book was a very sad book. Edgar was so amazing. Ali was so nice, but Leandra never got to she her little sister. I loved the book. :)
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous in both its scope and in its simplicity. Reminiscent of The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode in the way it evokes a particular time and place and the timeless world of a neighborhood.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book takes you from character to character with a bit of whiplash. I would have enjoyed this story better if there was one focal character throughout the story. The characters were relatable but some moments were a bit over-described. I feel the problem of this has been used before and wasn't really new to me. The most refreshing part of the story was the endearing old lady. All of the children in the story could relate to each other because each of them is going through something hard. Goe ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that weaves the lives of children and some adults living on Orange Street into a story. The street is named for a Valencia orange tree that has lived on one of the lots for a hundred years. This is a book written for kids - I would say late elementary to middle school age. In this book, lots of things are explained or shown in a stealthy, dramatic way - lots of pieces of life or science that a kid or most adults would find interesting.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
I liked a lot of this story but it felt uneven to me. Some chapters were compelling and others were boring. My favorite character and story was the old woman with some kind of unspecified memory loss.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book feels very much like a Kate DiCamillo book, but a little less sad.
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

The focal point of this beautifully written novel is the Valencia orange tree that grows on the empty lot on Orange Street. Everyone in the neighborhood has some relationship to the tree. Ali, Bunny, and Leandra hold meetings of the Girls With Long Hair club beneath the tree. Ali's little brother, Edgar swings on the tree, with the help of his babysitter, Manny. Robert, who is not allowed to join the girls' club, conducts missions behind the
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paw
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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
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
Eva Mitnick
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, word-lovers
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
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
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-novels, 2011
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
Miss Sarah
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I found it on a state awards list so I didn't read the description but it was a happy book which I needed!
The book takes place in the time span of a little over 24 hours on one street in California! Chapters rotate between the child residents and one elderly resident whose lived there are her life. Each person has some bad and good things and definitely big changes happening in their life. What I liked most the hopeful feeling that came from the book. Yes
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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.

I have always owned cats (or they have owned me, a cliché, but true!)
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