In the book Tangerine by Edward Bloor, a legally blind 7th grader named Paul Fisher, moves to Tangerine County, Florida and has to deal with many new situations. Paul had made some decisions that made a huge impact on his life as a middle schooler. Paul made the choice to defend himself against a soccer defender and stand up to his parents, neighbors, and even local officers.
The first decision Paul made was to defend himself from a kid playing fullback from Palmetto Middle School. In Paul’s first soccer game of the season, the Tangerine War Eagles were playing the Palmetto Whippoorwills at Palmetto Middle School. Paul went into the game playing center forward (playing for Tino who had been throwing punches and had gotten taken out of the game). Paul had found an opening to score, but one palmetto fullback knocked him down, stretched his goggles, and placed a scoopful of mud in Paul’s eyes. Paul was so mad that he started to blindly punch towards the fullback. This action made an impact on Paul’s life because now the players on Paul’s soccer team have more respect for Paul because now they consider Paul to be part of their team, that he’s……. A War Eagle!
The second choice Paul made was to confess that he had saw Arthur and Erik being a part of Luis Cruz murder. At a Lake Windsor Downs homeowners meeting, Paul’s parents revealed that Erik and Arthur were the neighborhood thieves. As the people in their community started to agree in allowing Erik and Arthur to have a second chance, 2 police officers approached the front door asking for Arthur Bauer. They cuffed Arthur for “having connection with the murder of Luis Cruz”. When Arthur’s dad tried to talk the Officers out of believing that it was Arthur by stating that Luis Cruz had no reason to be at the football field. But then Paul stated that Luis Cruz had as much of a reason to be there as Arthur did. Then he announced that...
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