The Orange Houses

By Griffin, Paul R.

Publishers Summary:
Meet Tamika Sykes—Mik to her friends (if she had any). She’s hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She’s a tough girl who never gets close to anyone, until she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells newspapers on Mik’s block. Both Mik and Fatima unite in their efforts to befriend Jimmi, a homeless vet who is shunned by the rest of the community. The events that follow when these three outcasts converge will break open their close-knit community and change the lives of those living in the Orange Houses in explosive and unexpected ways.

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978-0-80373-346-6
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 8-Up Consumed with fitting in, 15-year-old Tamika tries to cover her hearing aids with her hair. She wants to be pretty and secretly dreams of being liked by her friend Jimmi, an 18-year-old war veteran who's been severely damaged by his experiences, turned to drugs, and cast out by society. But things don't seem to be going her way and Tamika copes by turning off her aids and shutting out the world. This angers her ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

This brutally realistic novel follows the fortunes of three young people on the fringes of their Bronx housing project: a hea...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

is a gorgeously realized, deeply felt meditation on the interplay among art, beauty, and friendship in lives beset by cruelty and injustice. Even as the novel counts down to Jimmi's hanging, Tamika and Fatima's friendship offers the hope of redemption for a sinful world. The backdrop of Paul Griffin's story reflects the indifference of the world at large to the problems faced by ordinary people: "The Orange Houses were not orange. They were beaten brick the color of the sky this drizzly dusk. Some long-dead architect Casper Orange slapped together the n...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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