By Edward Bloor

Paul Fisher sees the realm from in the back of glasses so thick he appears like a bug-eyed alien. yet he’s no longer so blind that he can’t see there are a few very strange issues approximately his family’s new domestic in Tangerine County, Florida. the place else does a sinkhole swallow the neighborhood university, hearth burn underground for years, and lightning strike whilst each day?

The chaos is compounded by means of consistent harassment from his football–star brother, and adjusting to existence in Tangerine isn’t effortless for Paul—until he joins the football crew at his center institution. With the aid of his new teammates, Paul starts off to find what lies underneath the outside of his unusual new fatherland. And he additionally earnings the braveness to resist a few secrets and techniques his relations has been conserving from him for much too lengthy. In Tangerine, it sort of feels, anything is possible.

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The remainder of us moved quickly to capture up. i do not recognize why—maybe they have been mad approximately having any such wimpy nickname—but those men became out to be quite nasty. So did their fanatics. The close to aspect of the sector used to be covered with humans looking at the Palmetto gamers hot up. there have been heart university childrens after all, yet there have been additionally many grown-ups, local community. They grew to become to us and began jeering as we all started our lap round the box. I swear a few of them spit at us earlier than we made it to the flip and headed towards the a ways aspect, the viewers' part. lets nonetheless pay attention them yelling nasty stuff in the back of us. I seemed up at Victor. He was once completely centred. He did not appear to be hearing any of it. He led us at a dash down the some distance sideline. Then we became and minimize a direction during the eco-friendly uniforms of the Palmetto avid gamers. that they had a few impolite issues to assert to us, too, in particular to the ladies. We shaped a circle round the trainer at midfield. Now i'll see Victor's eyes. They have been blazing with rage, and the muscle tissue of his face have been knotted like a fist. Betty brilliant prolonged her lengthy arm into the circle. each one participant positioned a hand on most sensible of hers. I squeezed in and did an analogous. She yelled, "Who are we? " and we yelled again, "War Eagles! " "Who are we? " "War Eagles! " "Who are we? " "War Eagles! " Betty vibrant pulled her arm again and stepped out of the circle. Victor picked up the mantra, yet all he used to be screaming used to be, "War! battle! struggle! " all of us all started screaming with him, blockading out the catcalls from the Whippoorwills and their enthusiasts. "War! warfare! battle! "—in a frenzy that drove away the entire worry and intimidation that I felt from our commencing lap. Our circle broke up and the sport begun. there has been just one referee, and he did not look like he knew an excessive amount of approximately football. He gave the look of a soccer man. He misplaced keep an eye on of the sport within the starting minute, and he by no means bought it again. after all, it wasn't quite a online game. It was once a conflict. The Palmetto gamers received down and soiled right now, and their fanatics cheered them on. They tripped us, pulled our jerseys, bought up in our faces, and pretended to throw punches. Their enthusiasts enjoyed it. The longer the referee did not blow his whistle, the bolder they obtained, and the extra bloodthirsty their lovers turned. i used to be status at the sideline with Betty brilliant and the opposite 4 teenagers who were not taking part in. without delay in the back of us, approximately twenty yards away, was once a line of timber. a few young children from the center tuition had collected handfuls of acorns from there. They begun throwing them at us after which working again to get extra. What may we do other than duck? The trainer stated to us, "You stand the following via me, all of you. And get up instantly. do not allow a few idiot make you bow your head. " The Palmetto crew had great fullbacks who could not play football in any respect yet who burnt up anyone who bought close to the aim. They have been tripping, throwing elbows, getting away with homicide again there. I checked out my teammates, the sufferers of all of this, and was once surprised at how calm their faces have been. i used to be the single one that used to be freaking out. the remainder of them have been via it prior to.

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