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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."


from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Tangerine

Title: Tangerine
By: Edward Bloor

This is one of my all-time favorite young adult novels. It has many levels that will interest the more mature reader, and has a wonderful storyline with characters that will totally draw you in. Twelve-year-old Paul is legally blind, but is a mean soccer goalie in Tangerine, Florida. His family has recently moved there, and Paul is hopeful that he can start over at a new middle school. Paul’s father is obsessed with helping his older brother Erik get a football scholarship to a good college. It seems that Paul is the only person who can see how dangerous Erik really is. This is a wonderful coming of age book, and Paul is a character totally worth rooting for.

Tangerine has won awards from the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the New York Public Library, among others.

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Posted by bibliobug on May 1, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
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