A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This book's exciting sports scenes are interspersed with surprising
lessons about migrant workers, racism, environmental degradation, and
being a moral person and a team player.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a likeable and talented young soccer player who
is legally blind. His older brother is also a star athlete; but by
contrast, he's a thoroughly unlikable bully whose nefarious activities
eventually turn criminal.
Violence & Scariness
A brawl turns into manslaughter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the contrasting brothers may hit a little too close to home for some families.
Is It Any Good?
This complex, multilayered novel is impossible to synopsize briefly -- there's just too much going on, and every bit of it is engrossing and powerful. The author has a lot to say on a wide variety of subjects: race relations, child rearing, sports, class conflict, and more, but he does so in a book that is at once exciting, moving, strikingly original, and thought-provoking. Above all, TANGERINE is about the revelations that adolescents experience as they begin to step back and see their families through more detached eyes.
One 14-year-old said that the dizzying number of subplots could have been streamlined, for her taste, and that "sections in the first half of the book were slow." But this tale is richer and more inventive than most young-adult novels, so these seem like minor complaints. Bloor's first novel is a tour-de-force melding of the physical, intellectual, and emotional in a rich, resonant story.
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