Edward Bloor’s debut novel, Tangerine, is a moving thriller with complex twists, and a chilling antagonist. Paul Fisher is a legally blind fourteen-year-old, and has always lived in the perpetual, looming shadow of Erik, his older brother, a cruel and self-indulgent football star. Erik’s villainous bullying has made Paul wary of his brother, and increasingly suspicious that his own blindness may be a direct result of an earlier possible transgression by Erik. A talented soccer goalie, Paul’s ample capabilities are overlooked until he enrolls at Tangerine Middle School, joining their soccer team. As he is slowly, but surely, befriended by his teammates, Tino Cruz and Victor Guzman, who are visible minorities, Paul begins to gain confidence and courage, especially in the face of his brother’s delinquency and threatening demeanor. Also foraying into environmental concerns and racial tensions, Bloor has concocted a intricate story that builds up to a suspenseful climax, keeping readers avidly turning the page, and rooting for the avengement of Tangerine’s undaunted, young hero.