Title Profile & Character Information

The Orange Houses

Annotation
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.



Characters
NameEspâerer, Fatima
GenderFemale
TraitRefugee

NameSykes, Tamika
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent
TraitDeaf

NameJimmi
GenderMale
TraitHomeless

GenreYoung adult fiction
TopicsHigh school students
Social outcasts
City life
Children with disabilities
Deafness
Homeless
SettingNew York