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Tangerine (1997)

by Edward Bloor

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Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
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children/Teen fiction; sports/mystery/suspense. The cover on the edition I read looked like something I could never enjoy (kid with glasses playing soccer, title sprawled across the cover in graffiti-paint lettering) but it was surprisingly good--I was sucked in pretty much by the time I'd finished the first page. I liked Paul's character immediately and the whole "just how evil is Paul's brother?" question kept me turning the pages. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
hopefully the last book i'll read for my materials talk...

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Wow, one of the best YA books I've read in a while. Really well written (what a novel idea!). Not the biggest surprise ending ever, but enough character development to keep it interesting all the way through, and the end is *satisfying*. I particularly appreciated the not-so-veiled critique of housing developments, socio-economics, environmentalism (or lack thereof), education, and athletics. This book has a lot going on and I tend to agree with most of the criticisms, so thumbs up. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Spectacular read about a boy bullied by his older brother, as well as discriminated against by his school environment. It also has themes of racism and immigration that are presented really well. ( )
  BibliaNocturnus | Mar 11, 2020 |
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Successful hills are here to stay.
Everything must be this way.
---The Doors, "The Soft Parade"
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Dedicated to Judy Bloor Bonfield
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The house looked strange. It was completely empty now, and the door was flung wide open, like something wild had just escaped from it. Like it was the empty, two-story tomb of some runaway zombie.
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Head of Guidance, Mr. Murrow, "...Kerri will act as your eyes, so to speak, until you've learned your way around campus." "I can see fine." He seemed genuinely surpirsed. "You can?" "Yes, sure. I've been to two classes already." "Well perhaps since you're new to our school, Kerri could take you around for the first day. What harm could that do?"

I didn't know what else to say. I didn't know how to describe the harm that that would do to me. Nothing more came out of my mouth. (p. 38)
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Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

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