Tangerine by Edward Bloor centers on Paul Fisher, an eighth-grader with impaired eyes who moves to Tangerine County, Florida, with his whole family. In the novel, Paul juggles making new friends, dealing with the constant harassment from his football-star brother, joining his middle school’s soccer team, and uncovering strange occurrences that keep happening in Tangerine. Overall the book is a gripping story with many twists and turns from beginning to end. Bloor does a great job of keeping the reader interested throughout the novel. I believe the themes and topics are explored deeply and try not to villanize any particular character or event. Having read this novel in middle school, I thought it was a good book back then, and rereading it now still stands up.
Jan 31, 2022