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So what if he's legally blind? Even with his bottle-thick, bug-eyed glasses, Paul Fisher can see better than most people. He can see the lies his parents and brother live out, day after day. No one ever listens to Paul, though--until the family moves to Tangerine. In Tangerine, even a blind, geeky, alien freak can become cool. Who knows? Paul might even become a hero! Edward Bloor's debut novel sparkles with wit, authenticity, unexpected plot twists, and heart. The writing is so fine, the story so triumphant, that you just might stand up and shout when you get to the end. Hooray! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Living in surreal Tangerine County, Fla., a legally blind boy begins to uncover the ugly truth about his football-hero brother. PW praised Bloor for "wedding athletic heroics to American gothic with a fluid touch and flair for dialogue." Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Signature; 1st edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439286034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439286039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (731 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have always been a writer, for as far back as I can remember. In the mid-1990s, I sold a novel that was marketed in the young adult genre. Since then, things have gone very, very well. I am married to a beautiful teacher named Pam. We have two children--Amanda and Spencer.

Customer Reviews

At the middle school I teach at, we require this book for all 7th grade students in their reading classes.
One of the major reasons I liked this book is because it is one of those books that can't stop reading and you just want to read on and on and on.
Kain O'Brian
Tangerine is a great fiction story about the main character Paul Fisher who is a legally blind seventh grade all star goalie.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

135 of 147 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Here's a blow by blow of my experiences while reading, "Tangerine". After twenty pages I said to myself, "Hm! The man can really write!". After fifty pages I said, "Wow! This book is as good as `Holes'!". After one hundred and fifty pages I was fully engrossed. After two hundred and fifty pages I was bodily grabbing people off of the street, forcing copies into their hands while chanting something along the lines of, "One of the greatest kid's books ever written!", or words to that extent. Now that I've finished the book and given myself a little time to reflect I can clearly decide whether or not this initial euphoria was short lived or not. Ladies and gentlemen, I am more than a little pleased to report that I was right all along. "Tangerine" is one of the greatest children's books to be written in the last ten years. It is brilliant, socially conscious, filled to the brim with sympathetic (and uniquely unsympathetic) characters, and funny to boot.

Paul Fisher is moving again. His father is a civil engineer by trade, so Paul's a little used to picking up and leaving for the next town. In this particular case, the family's moving to Florida to live in a gated community. Once there, each member will be able to start doing what they enjoy best. His brother, Erik, will continue to wow everyone with his football skills, his father will continue to worship those skills and spend all his time with his eldest, his mother will join the community's neighborhood association, and Paul will join his school's soccer team. Paul's a goalie by training, and despite his eye troubles (he has almost zero peripheral vision due to a mysterious accident in his youth) he's the best. Not like anyone notices, of course.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Junkin-Mills VINE VOICE on May 16, 2008
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I'm a 46 year-old Mom and I bought this book because of the great reviews, but I didn't know which son to give it to. My 4th grader falls into the age-range mentioned here at amazon, but based on the plot synopses here I felt it was more a book my 7th grader would like.

So I read it myself first. I LOVED it. What a great, moving, inspiring, different book. As stay-with-you as Hoot, or Terabithia, or Stargirl, or... to date myself ... as The Outsiders.

It's well-written, it's gripping, it's multi-layered, and it manages to keep track of multiple story arcs within itself without dropping any or using any sort of deux ex machina to get out of any. It presents it's villains without caricature, and it's heroes without pandering. It surprises you at nearly every turn - but not in a forced we-need-a-plot-twist way.

I won't describe the plot as it as been so well-described here. I'll just reiterate that this is an amazing young adult novel that I thoroughly enjoyed for myself as well.

And I personally would not give this to my 4th grader. Not that the reading level is too difficult, but I think the content is too dark and the layers perhaps too subtle for a 10 year-old. I'm giving this book to my 7th grader tomorrow (I just finished it tonight!) and I know he'll devour it.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mia on October 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book Tangerine was a very touching thriller. It is about a boy named Paul Fisher, an unpopular soccer player who lives in a family that aims just about all of their attention toward the older brother, Erik, a star football player in high school. Paul, Erik, and his mom and dad move from Houston TX to Tangerine FL when Paul is in 7th grade. Paul tries hard to fit in as he gets used to his new surroundings. He had grown up to be known as a geek because of the big, thick glasses he has had to wear. He would be called "Eclipse boy", "Mars man", and many other awful names. On the other hand, Erik is the star of the Tangerine High School football team right from the first game he plays for them. He gets in the local paper, and it tells how amazing it is that he can kick 45 to 50-yard field goal kicks. Paul's dad, who can't stop talking about Erik going on to the pros, gets on Paul's nerves. "The Erik Fisher football dream" is the name Paul gives it. In Paul's family, it never seems to be forgotten.
I say this book is a thriller because of certain mysteries, such as how Paul and his family have become the way they are. I enjoyed the way every chapter drew you in and kept you wondering how events turned about, and what would happen next. The story builds to a climax where a mystery is revealed.
Paul tells the story very well. Many of the things he says and thinks are very touching. I think Paul describes his point of view and what he thinks very well. I like the fact that he doesn't care if he isn't the star of the family or town, but still cares about playing hard in every soccer game and trying to do well for his team.
I really enjoyed reading this, even with the sad parts. A reader would want things to turn out well for a person like Paul. This is a wonderful story about growing up, and I highly recommend it!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Paul Fisher's family moves to Tangerine, Florida; he is nearly blind but cannot remember the incident which led to this condition. His older brother is a football star and his parents' favorite; eventually Paul realizes his dream of playing soccer and uncovering the cause of his near-blindness.
Tangerine is an excellent book for teenage readers. The narrative is written in Paul's voice, which should appeal to young readers.
Bloor brings a sensibility regarding race and ethnicity to the story that is rarely present in good books for teenagers. He also brought a ready enough eye and pen to critique the newness and artificiality of suburbia, particularly Florida's suburbia. From page 71-- "It was strange to see an old packing plant, to see an old anything. But it was also comforting that something around here has a history. That something actually belongs here."
I really enjoyed reading Tangerine. It's nice to read a book written for teenage readers that doesn't talk down to them in any way. Paul is a neat and well-drawn character. His problems are problems that people can understand.
Tangerine is a great read. I'm 33 years old, and I loved it.
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