Tangerine

By: 

Edward Bloor

Number of Pages: 

294

Minimum grade level: 

5th

Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Some might say that Tangerine is about appearances - that if things look good from the outside, then everything will be okay. What do you think about that idea? Where do you see it in the book?
  2. Why does Erik behave as he does?
  3. Would you like to live in Paul's community? Why or why not? What is strange about it?
  4. Who would you rather have for a brother: Erik? Mike? Luis? Why?
  5. What are your impressions of Paul's mother? How did she change by the end of the book?
  6. Paul's mother calls Paul legally blind. Think about the idea of seeing things -- seeing past stereotypes and into people's hearts. How was Paul able to do this? What did he see?
  7. How is Joey's experience at Tangerine Middle School different from Paul's? Why do you think that is?
  8. Were you surprised when Luis died?
  9. Would you have kept the paint incident from Paul if you were his parents? How do you think he felt?
  10. Did Erik get the punishment he deserved? Why or why not?
  11. Do you feel hopeful for Paul at the end of the book?
  12. Is Paul a hero? Why or why not?
  13. Tangerine is Edward Bloor's first novel. Would you read another by him? Why or why not?
  14. Compare the covers of the paperback and the hardcover. Which one do you like better? Which cover is more appealing? Why do you think they made the changes they did.

Snacks

Tangerines, of course! Portions of this discussion guide are credited to "Aladdin Guide for Reading Groups" Aladdin Paperbacks * Margaret K. McElderry Books

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