Tangerine by Edward Bloor Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Tangerine' by Edward Bloor is a young adult novel about peer relationships and family dysfunction. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.


Edward Bloor's Tangerine is a novel for teenagers about a visually impaired boy who is adjusting to a new school and a delinquent brother. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Prologue & Part I

The questions in this section discuss the family's decision to move and characterizes his family and community.

  • What does Paul's memory about the man in the ski mask reveal about Paul and Erik's relationship? What are similarities and differences between Paul and Erik? Why do you think Erik moved with his dad and Paul stayed behind with his mom? How does each parent relate to their sons and each other?
  • Paul's new community has some positive attributes, but it also has a few unexpected negatives. Would you want to live there? Why? Why is the setting important to the story?
  • Why is Paul resistant to receiving extra help based on his impairment? What are some things Paul is able to do despite his vision problems? How does Paul's vision influence his school experience?
  • How does Erik react to Mike Costello's death? What does this tell the reader about Erik? What do Paul's thoughts about Erik's mortality say about their relationship? How does the school react to Mike's death? How does this characterize the priorities of the community?
  • What do you think of the coach's decision to remove Paul from the soccer team? What would you do if that happened to you?
  • How does Paul's reaction to the sinkhole change his perception of himself and his peer relationships?
  • What does Joey think of Tangerine Middle School? What do you think of Joey and Paul's decision to blame the graffiti on the Tangerine Middle School soccer team? Why does Paul want to go to Tangerine Middle School? Do you think it is a good decision? Why?

Part II

The questions in this section may be used to discuss Paul's transition to Tangerine Middle School.

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