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Bloor, Edward
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 1997
IL 5-8
ISBN 015201246X 

(4 booktalks)

Booktalk #1 



Paul Fisher, visually-impared since five, has always lived in the shadow of his older brother Erik, a high school football star. Their father is obsessed with Erik's football career. With the help of special prescription goggles, Paul can see, and is an excellent soccer player. He can also see things his parents can't, like the disturbed dangerous side of his older brother Erik. When the family moves to Tangerine County, Florida, Paul begins to recall random memories of manacing incidents involving his brother. He senses that the mysterious accident that damaged his eyes is also the reason he fears his brother. This is an outstanding novel with a fast-moving plot that pulls you along to a dramatic conclusion. Pick this one up to read!
(Marilyn Harfst,, Library Media Specialist, Hannah Beardsley Middle School, Crystal Lake, Florida)

Booktalk #2  



This book is mainly focused on a normal boy named Paul Fisher who has a strange eyesight problem which could be either considered an ability or a disability, however you see it.  Paul lives in a very strange town where it storms everyday at 4:00 p.m.  Throughout the book, Paul tries to figure out these problems along with a few others such as why his brother laughs at the two deaths caused by strange happenings.  Why a sinkhole swallows part of his school.  And why fires burn underground for years at a time.  (Read p. 244)  If you read this book, you will learn why, in a county called Tangerine, Florida, science is overwhelmed.  To find out more, read TANGERINE by Edward Bloor.  (Josh M., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire)

 Booktalk #3

I'll admit it.  I'm afraid of my older brother, Erik.  He's dangerous.  I'm not scared of many things.  I'm a goalie on my soccer team and I have been diagnosed as legally blind.  Obviously, I'm not a coward.  My brother will do anything to achieve his "Erik Fisher Football Dream".  He thinks he is God's gift to humanity because he's the star kicker on the football team.  If  threats don't work, Erik orders his psycho friend, Arthur, to help out with his blackjack.Erik had something to do with my loss of eyesight.  I can't remember how, but these flashbacks keep popping up in my mind's eye. What is it about Erik that I'm too scared to remember?  (Amy Schaffner,, librarian)

Booktalk #4

Have you had any injury that someone else did to you? Something permanent that left your memories of it all blank? Well this is what happened to Tangerine goalie, Paul Fisher. Tangerine is a book about a boy who moves to Tangerine, Florida. Paul discovers secrets his family has kept from him his whole life.
 With the help of Paul’s classmates, he learns how to stand up for himself and his friends. Also, Paul remembers how his injury happened. Dangerous things happen in Tangerine, but Paul finds his way through them. He couldn't dream of ever having a sink hole back at his old hometown.
 Paul’s life may seem crazy but soccer cools him down. Tackling opponents and getting into fights while trying to get the ball to the goal seems hard.  Especially when you're the goalie. For the war eagles its “War, war, war.” Being unnoticed by his family and his older brother Erik, puts Paul down most of the time. His parents are crazy about Erik’s football and they spend most of their time on him. Now Paul has to choose right from wrong and who his friends are.
 Tangerine is a life lesson story and Edward Bloor phenomenal job showing it. This book is great people who are interested in sports. Tangerine is one of my favorite books, I love it and I hope you read it.  (Anna D., K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Soccer -- Fiction
                        Brothers -- Fiction
                        Florida -- Fiction
                        Visually handicapped -- Fiction
                        Physically handicapped -- Fiction
                        Diaries -- Fiction


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