Friday, September 16, 2011

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Paul has been told that he became legally blind when he looked directly at an eclipse at a young age. Paul can't remember doing that but he is slowly starting to remember some other events now that his family has moved to Tangerine, Florida. His parents fawn over his older brother Erik who is a star football player but an incredibly nasty bully off the field. Paul is a great soccer goalie but because of his official status of having a disability, the school's soccer coach won't let him play. After a tragedy allows Paul to change schools he is finally given the chance to show what he can do on the soccer field while he makes new friends. But Erik continues to cause problems for Paul, his friends and others in the neighborhood and little by little Paul is remembering what actually happened to him when he was blinded. This is a dark, dark story but so good! Well-written and full of surprising events and lots of things to think about.

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