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When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story—and the story of a very old orange tree—connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a younger sibling’s illness, the characters’ storylines come together around that orange tree.

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When a mysterious man arrives one day on Orange Street, the children who live on the block try to find out who he is and why he’s there. Little do they know that his story—and the story of a very old orange tree—connects to each of their personal worries in ways they never could have imagined. From impressing friends to dealing with an expanding family to understanding a younger sibling’s illness, the characters’ storylines come together around that orange tree.

Taking place over the course of a day and a half, Joanne Rocklin’s masterful novel deftly builds a story about family, childhood anxieties, and the importance of connection. In the end the fate of the tree (and the kids who care for it) reminds us of the magic of the everyday and of the rich history all around us.

Praise for One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
STARRED REVIEWS
“Unfolding in one day’s time, the story recounts how secrets are revealed, curiosity is satisfied and wishing becomes hope because the spirit and ties of friendship and community are resilient and strong. Fully realized characters and setting definitely make this one morning on Orange Street amazing.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Fascinating and thought-provoking, the writing has a gentle cadence, richness in detail, and is charged with emotion. The book, like the oranges on the Orange Street tree, presents segments of life that are both sweet and tart and sure to satisfy."
School Library Journal, starred review

“A touching story, beautifully told in multiple viewpoints.”
Booklist

“Each chapter focalizes the third-person narration through a particular child, and the book weaves the singular tales into a larger story about a community that is pleasingly quirky but still believable. Readers and parents looking for some wholesome sweetness will want to make a visit to Orange Street.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

AWARD:
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Young Adult Top Forty list

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rocklin (For Your Eyes Only!) sets her realistic, evocative novel, which features a warm and believable community of adults and children, in a California neighborhood that was once home to an orange grove. One very old Valencia orange tree still sits on an empty lot on Orange Street, and it's the focal point and gathering spot for a band of neighborhood kids: Ali, whose toddler brother is not recovering from brain tumor surgery; Bunny, whose mother travels by plane too often for Bunny's comfort; Leandra, grumpy at the prospect of a new sibling; and Robert, trying to establish himself as a magician. The story, told from each character's point of view, takes place over the course of a day and a half, during which the younger residents—together with the elderly "Ms. Snoops," holder of the street's history—worry about the significance of an orange traffic cone that has appeared in front of the empty lot. Fears about the cone rise and recede as the characters struggle with their individual anxieties, culminating in a confrontation that resolves several mysteries and brings out the best in everyone. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Denise Lockett
Leandra, Ali, Robert, Bunny and Ethel Finneymaker ("Ms. Snoop") all live in a Los Angeles neighborhood that has seen many changes and is about to see one more. But this change will reveal how interlaced our lives are, and how small acts of kindness may bear amazing fruit. In this delightful tale, each chapter offers the perspective of a main character. Ali, a courageous Hispanic girl, thirsts for adventure even as she struggles with her toddler brother's cancer and its aftermath: his loss of language following brain surgery. She is a friend to the aging Ms. Snoop, who knows the history of the neighborhood like the back of her hand but cannot remember her newer neighbors' names. Eleven-year-old Robert struggles with puberty and his parents' separation. Bunny, who hates her own name, must confront her obsessive/compulsive responses to fear in a post-9/11 world. Leandra faces the seismic shift of the pending arrival of a baby sister, and a concomitant fear of death and illness that she cannot voice. All of these characters and their struggles converge upon the life-giving Valencia orange tree that is the sole survivor of what use to be a verdant grove. It is around this tree that their stories coalesce and each character reveals hidden strengths and is offered the hope that is borne of shared appreciation and a certain amount of magic. Added to this mix, finally, is a mysterious stranger whose return at once confronts the past and signals hope for the future. Rocklin's prose is deft, and her ability to evoke the perspectives of pre-teens is impressive. She touches on "serious," real-world fears such as illness, loneliness, death and divorce and also evokes the emotional insecurities that invariably affect preteens. This book offers a joyous, life-affirming take on the power of kindness and hope—and most of all, of friendship—to buoy us in times of trial. Reviewer: Denise Lockett
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—It all starts with a bright orange construction cone, inexplicably placed in front of the curb at 306 Orange Street. Strange and magical things and ideas ensue on this empty lot, the site of a single surviving tree from a formerly huge orange grove. This glorious tree with its deliciously sweet, yet tart oranges is at the center of the drama, and almost metaphysically keeps the history of the people and pageantry of time through the ages on Orange Street. It is as if the empty lot is a stage, and all the residents of Orange Street are the actors. Alli; her mute toddler brother, Edgar (a cancer survivor); Manny, the gentle nanny; Leandra, the bold; Robert, erstwhile magician; and anxious Bunny all meet under the majestic tree to argue, plan, and dream. Meanwhile, an aging neighbor lady slips into increasingly disturbing dementia. All bear witness to the secrets and history of the community. The fate of the tree, as well as their friendships, rest in their hands, and stories about each neighbor are revealed in surprising ways. Along the way, we find that words can hurt, heal, and make magic. Lisa Baney's voice has a mysterious, dark timbre that lends a warm and rich interpretation to Joanne Rocklin's novel (Amulet Books, 2011). The bits and pieces of individual stories are skillfully woven together. The love of words encompasses the story, from the use of the Oxford English Dictionary to the importance of the characters really listening to each other to the unexpected joy of advice given in rap style. The rich language is the star of this exquisitely written and beautifully performed selection.—Lonna Pierce, MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997196
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 166,048
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Rocklin is the critically acclaimed author of several books, including Strudel Stories, which was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an American Library Association Notable Book, and For Your Eyes Only!, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Bank Street Best Book. She lives in Oakland, California.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street Joanne Rocklin

    One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
    Joanne Rocklin

    Have you ever owned something very important to you?  The Valencia orange tree on Orange Street is
    very important to six people: Ms. Snoops, Bunny, Leandra, Nick, Ali and Robert.  This orange tree provides
    delicious oranges, a tire swing for the young children, and fun branches to climb on, on a sunny day.  
    Who could love this street more?  But...this street has a secret!  A bright orange traffic cone could mean so
    many different things; construction, a murder, a car accident, a fire, or a crime scene.  Could this cone really mean construction?  
    Do you really know your surroundings?

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    Posted June 3, 2013

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    One Day and One Amazing Morning On Orange Street
    One Day and One Amazing Morning On Orange Street, written by Joanne Rocklin, is a fantastic book that I highly recommend. The book is so good that I don’t even know where to start! Well, I love how the story is kind of confusing, but in the end, all of the little bits and pieces are tied together. Also, it paints a picture of every scene whether it is important or not. I could draw a picture of every scene in the book if you asked me to. Another great aspect about the book is that there are a bunch of different heartwarming lessons that every kid should learn. For example, a little boy wasn’t able talk, but now his parents get a note sent home with his report card saying that he is a great student, but he is the chattiest one in the class and needs to stop talking. That lets kids know never to give up. Another example is a tree on Orange Street was going to be cut down, but the kids on the street climbed in the tree and demanded that it would not be cut down, and it wasn’t. That shows kids to stand up for what you think is important. This book is written better than a lot of books that I have read in the past, and that is why I highly recommend, One Day and One Amazing Morning On Orange Street.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Awesome

    I <3 this book

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    Posted February 3, 2013

    Okay, but random

    This book was okay. I thought it was kinda random and confusing at parts.

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