When a huge sinkhole swallows half his school, Paul enrolls at Tangerine Middle and struggles to fit in. While his brother's football heroics make headlines, Paul simply fights for playing time on the soccer field. But as the year goes on, shocking secrets emerge that change the Fisher family forever.
This remarkable, award-winning book received glowing reviews in numerous publications and landed atop most reading lists. Ramon de Ocampo's skillful narration captures a full cast of diverse and well-developed characters as several gripping plot lines wind toward a startling conclusion.
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"This excellent recording will bring new fans to a book that has become a YA classic." (School Library Journal)
Excellent story with high level of interest for teenagers. Strong heroic character must overcome the facades put in place by his family because they refuse to see the truth about his evil older brother. Ironically, the main character is legally blind but sees so much more than those around him who choose to be blind. This story reads almost like a science fiction but is realistic fiction with a very satisfying conclusion.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
At first at thought it was interesting, then things started to get a little boring in the middle. But I thought it was wonderful in the end. I like the whole plot, the whole story. Loved it.
I would love to have a guide that goes with the audio since there are no preset bookmarks. My students are listening in class, and I spend a lot of time trying to fast-forward or rewind for my classes.
The reader is fairly good. Overall, the students enjoy listening to this reader.
it was an easy read for the kids but listening let them use their imagination
yes, our family did driving to Loretta Lynn's in Tennessee
The most enjoyable part is getting lost in ramon's voice and in the story. Time flies!
Paul of course. he is so wise and witty.
It was hard to adjust to the narrators cadence and voice inflections at first. Later in the book when more characters are introduced, Ramon really comes alive.
The narrator had the perfect hint of a Spanish accent when he was in character for the Tangerine Middles School kids and Luis, which made it believable to my Hispanic students.
Luis Cruz, he gives Paul something to think about, someone to respect and look up to. This is important for Paul, as he cannot look up to his brother and get no encouragement from his parents.
The end where Paul finds his voice and comes forward. This is something that he works towards throughout the entire story, but never quite get to, until the end of the story. He realizes that staying quiet will allow Erik to once again get away with doing something very bad, and because he respected Luis so much, he could not look the other way again.
Yes, but could not due to everyday life :) I did finish it within 3 or 4 days.
This was a great story for middle schoolers. The themes of bullying, racism, and parents who don't pay attention or look the other way, make it a viable story for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader. I highly recommend it. I read it with 2 reluctant readers, and they both bought into the book very early on and were anxious to get to the end.
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