- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152057803
- ISBN-13: 978-0152057800
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 899 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tangerine Paperback – September 1, 2006
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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Update-my daughter finished the book and quite enjoyed it. Her class had an online interview with the author, and she is said that there is not going to be a sequel.
In this unique, coming-of-age story, author Edward Bloor creates a realistic tale that is at once engaging, humorous and filled with great twists.
Paul Fisher wants just one thing - to play soccer - and he's not about to let anything stop him. Not the fact that he is legally blind, not the fact that his father only supports older brother Erik's football dream (while all but ignoring Paul), and not even the fact that he must suddenly play on a team where the majority is the minority and his teammates are a rough bunch.
Older brother Erik has always tormented Paul, but their parents don't see it . . . or they refuse to see it. As a reader, I was angered at what Erik gets away with, but Paul quietly accepts it - just as he quietly accepts the fact that he wears the Coke-bottle glasses that make him so different from everyone else. Another thing that only Paul seems to realize is that Tangerine County, Florida, (to where they have just moved) isn't well suited for human habitation. Not only do they now live in the lightning-strike capital of the United States, they are also plagued with sinkholes, muck fires and swarms of mosquitoes. As long as he's able to play soccer though, Paul will put up with a lot.
Naturally, when Paul's opportunity to play soccer is yanked away, Paul is devastated, but then a sudden twist of fate presents Paul with a new chance to play - and a whole new set of challenges. As Paul bravely confronts the obstacles that come his way, his older brother's increasingly disturbing behavior causes events around Paul to slowly spiral out of control. Eventually Paul must find the courage to stop quietly accepting things and show others the truth that they have refused to see all along.
This story never gets boring something big is always happening!
I got a used book and it came in, in just a few days and I did a normal shipping. When it came in I was expecting it to be in bad condition but it was in fantastic shape. There was just a little bended part on the edge of the book cover which isn't a big deal to me!!