Have you ever wanted a do-over? To new start to life? To begin again? During his seventh grade year, Paul Fischer had the opportunity for two do-overs.
Just before the school year began, Paul's family moved from Texas to Tangerine, Florida. One thing was for certain: Paul wanted to play soccer, and more specifically, he wanted to star as a goalie. But even at a new school, some things didn't change. Paul's parents were still rapped up in helping his older brother succeed as a star football player, and he still didn't belong in the posh middle school in the district where his parents lived. To make matters worse, when his coach discovers that Paul had been enrolled in a special program due to poor eyesight, he dismisses Paul from the soccer team, just before an important game.
But after a sinkhole disrupts the schedule of the middle school for three months, Paul decides that he needs a second do-over and has his parents enroll him in Tangerine Middle, a notorious rough middle school on the other side of the county. What follows throws Paul into a series of life-changing decisions that may follow him the rest of his life.
As writers, we often live through the many lives of the characters we create, creating alternate endings to do-overs that we never had. Think about a time in your life that you longed to relive. What would you change? What decisions would you make differently? How would your life today be changed? Explore those themes in your writing.
Check out Tangerine by Edward Bloor at your local library.