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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

Written by Joanne Rocklin
Published by Amulet Books
Goodreads Rating - 3.6 / 5.0
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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’ story lines 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, community, and the importance of connection. In the end the fate of the tree (and of the kids who care for it) reminds us of the magic of the everyday and of the rich history all around us.

What Kind of Book is One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Violence: The death of one character's father is mentioned. He is killed during the Vietnam War by a booby trap. It is not described in detail. An older resident of Orange Street often calls the police to report a murder; but the "murder" being reported is of a tree or plant.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

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Quotes from This Book

  • “It was a hot summer day on Orange Street, one of those days that seem ordinary until you look back on it.”
  • “And oh, what a tree it was, with its juicy fruit and big huggable trunk and dark canopy of leaves! It even had a little plastic swing hanging from a big branch. The tree was the last living member of the grove that had given the street its name, long ago.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Several of the characters in the story have fears that at times overwhelm them: for Bunny it’s her mom traveling for work; for Ali it’s her brother’s illness; and for Leandra it’s her mom’s pregnancy. What do you think it is about each girl and their specific worries that causes such concern? What are some of the things that happen in the book to help them overcome these apprehensions?

  • The orange tree lot holds a great deal of meaning for the residents of Orange Street. Do you have a place in your community that is special to you? If so, what is it and why is it special? What would you do if there was a possibility it could be taken away from you?

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Who Wrote One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

Joanne Rocklin

Joanne Rocklin is the author of many books for children, including The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, which won the Golden Kite Award, and Love, Penelope, which was an NCIBA Golden Poppy Book Award winner.

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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Starred Review

    “Fully realized characters and setting definitely make this one morning on Orange Street amazing.”

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  • “Realistic, evocative novel, which features a warm and believable community of adults and children . . . culminating in a confrontation that resolves several mysteries and brings out the best in everyone.”

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  • 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.”

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