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Publisher's Summary

At a very young age, Paul Fisher suffered eye damage in a mysterious accident that he can't remember. But his thick glasses can't keep him from being a great soccer goalie for his middle school team. He is, however, overshadowed by his older brother Erik, a high school football star with an evil temper few people know about.

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.

©1997 Edward Bloor; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"This excellent recording will bring new fans to a book that has become a YA classic." (School Library Journal)

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Tangerine is an Exceptional Story

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A dysfunctional family

Horribly sad not appropriate for school children I was surprised this book was an assigned read for an eighth grader. This is about a dysfunctional family. I don't recommend u rad this.

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Outstanding read

This is the best book I've read. Amazing story, truly an original story. This is a story that deserves more fan base. I'm constantly blown away by how few people have read this. The audio version also very good. You get an image when reading this that a movie could never do justice to. This book made me start loving to read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Required Reading

My sons 7th grade PreAP class will be reading this soon. I was disappointed that they weren't reading The Outsiders like the regular seventh grade classes, because I remembered fondly from my childhood. Still, I thought I'd better check Tangerine out.

Tangerine is great storytelling with excellent themes and I suspect it's characters will be more directly relatable to my suburban teen then with the greasers and socs of the Outsiders. I'm excited to explore these themes with him.

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Great book!!

My son had to read for school and I read it afterwards. It was a wonderfully written, easy to follow and understand book. It is one of those books that sticks with you and we all can relate to in some way, shape or form. We know a kid with "issues", we know a kid who thinks he's better than everyone else and we know those parents who will do anything to pretend that their child is perfect until that child finally does something that is out of your hands and the law takes over. Don't walk through life with a blindfold over your eyes. Really enjoyed this book!! Great book for 15+ to read as they can relate as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Heroes Truth

I had read this book 10 years ago with my 7th grade class; I loved it then and I live it now. It's a great heroes take about courageously doing the right thing. I recommend to any advent readers. It was excellently written and excellently narrated. The narration especially was great. He developed each character which made it easy to follow along and know who was speaking.

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  • 04-03-16

I Love This Book😍😊👌🏻🙂📚🤓

I loved this book, I just finished it and it has so many interesting parts, it truly will make you want to read it all over again❤️👌🏻😊🙂🤓📚🍊

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Great time listening on roadtrip w family

Would you consider the audio edition of Tangerine to be better than the print version?

it was an easy read for the kids but listening let them use their imagination

What other book might you compare Tangerine to and why?

not sure

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, our family did driving to Loretta Lynn's in Tennessee

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great middle school book!

What made the experience of listening to Tangerine the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but could not due to everyday life :) I did finish it within 3 or 4 days.

Any additional comments?

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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Amazing Empowering Story.

I think this is a very motivational story for children that have not been in the 7th grade before.

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