Saturday, May 25, 2013
Tangerine, by Edward Bloor
And with this knowledge, Paul is thrown by a series of events onto the soccer team at Tangerine middle school, a group of kids so unlike Paul that they have a lesson or two to teach him - about the game and his life. The result is a thrilling sports novel and an enlightening story about loyalty and honesty. Some fun facts about citrus farming are an added bonus.
For a book that is definitely targeted at boys, this is an odd pick for me. But I've always said that what draws me to a good read is the characters and the message. Bloor has written a fascinating book that combines an appealing story about awkward friendship with some great social commentary. Paul is a great character, with some geekiness and yet a clear sense of social justice and the strength to stand up for the right thing (even when the adults around him won't do so). These are the ingredients for building a classic that his endured for multiple reprintings. It's amazing to think that this was Bloor's first novel.