Tangerine kept me interested for the entire novel. Paul, the seventh grade protagonist, is an engaging character with whom I was able to empathize. One of the story lines that kept me the most intrigued throughout the book was the mystery of how Paul’s eye sight was harmed. There is just enough mystery and intrigue in this book to keep you guessing. There is also a focus on soccer, fitting in, and differences between social class in the book. This book is very appropriate for middle school students and I think could be used for individual reading or whole class reading.
ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults
Horn Book Fanfare Book
An American Bookseller Pick of the List
NYPL “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
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