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Grade 5-7–Despite its mundane title, Banks's novel succeeds fairly well at being exotic and original. Two tiger cubs are captured and brought to ancient Rome. Brute is trained to be an aggressive killer of slaves, criminals, and Christians in the Colosseum; Boots is gentled into a pet for Caesar's beautiful 12-year-old daughter, Aurelia, and cared for by the slave Julius, who loves Aurelia from afar. When a prank goes awry and Julius is wrongly blamed for Boots's escape, Aurelia must decide where her loyalties lie. A vibrant setting and strong sense of place bring this often-neglected time period to life. Aurelia and Julius are three-dimensional, though the other characters (including the big cats themselves) are less believable and vivid. The conflict between the Roman pantheon of gods and Christianity lacks clear delineation and comes across as superficial. While not an essential purchase, this provocative title will appeal to fans of historical fiction, romance, and animal stories.–Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN
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Gr. 5-8. Captured in the wild, two tiger cubs are shipped to Rome. There, the larger cat is raised to attack and kill people in the Colosseum, while the other is defanged and given to the caesar's daughter, Aurelia, as a pet. Although in the end the tigers meet again, the main story follows Aurelia, who is 12 when the story begins. Aurelia is a thoughtful, rather solitary child who loves her tiger, Boots, and, even more dangerously, comes to love his trainer as well. With her younger cousin, Marcus, she joins in a game that seems innocent at the time, but has perilous consequences for them all. Banks writes well, bringing the late-third-century Roman Empire to life in a novel that blends history with timeless human emotions. In swift, sure strokes, she effectively portrays Aurelia's discomfort, uncertainty, and growing confidence as she grows from child to adult, while using the tigers effectively as both characters and plot devices. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044042044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440420446
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynne Reid Banks is a best-selling author for children and adults. Her classic children's novel 'The Indian in the Cupboard' has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. She was born in London in 1929 and worked as an actress, writer and TV news reporter. Lynne has written thirty books: her first, 'The L-Shaped Room', was published in 1960. She now lives in Dorset, where she continues to write. Lynne says that writing for children comes much more easily than writing for adults. Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. He has worked as an art director at an advertising agency, a graphic designer, a cartoonist, a teacher, a film maker and as a Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Aurelia is born to riches and power, where slaves rush to meet her every want and need, and where every citizen of Rome knows and admires her. She is the daughter of Caesar, the ruler of Rome. And Caesar adores his youngest child, so he plans an exotic and spectacular gift for her: a wild tiger cub!

Boots the tiger is born to the green wilds of the jungle, where he lies in the sun with his brother and learns to hunt and survive with lessons from his mother. But when their mother is murdered, he and his brother are taken captive and dragged miserably across the ocean in the dark, dank hold of a ship.

Upon arrival, Boots is defanged, neutered and forced to wear leather coverings over his razor-sharp claws. But despite this, he is the luckier of the two brothers, ending up with the pampered palace pet of Aurelia. His brother Brute, on the other hand, gets caged in the dungeons of the Colosseum and is abused, tormented and starved in preparation for the deadly entertainment of the arena with the armed gladiators and other exotic animals.

When sheltered Aurelia attends the Colosseum for the first time, the images of the cruel and horrid deaths of the gladiators, the outlawed Christians and the beautiful animals linger in her soul, haunting her dreams and days. It is then that she begins to realize that the father she's admired her entire life isn't as honorable as she'd believed, for he is the one responsible for the horrors at the Colosseum.

Then comes the day when a seemingly harmless prank lands Aurelia's beloved pet tiger and her secret love right into the dangerous depths of the Colosseum's arena to face Brute, the hungry and angry brother of Boots, in a fight to the death. Aurelia is forced to watch and finally face the injustices of her society.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on May 29, 2009
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This is a youth book. I've been teaching 7th grade Language Arts this school year, and I wanted to coordinate their literature curriculum with their social studies curriculum, so they would have an interdisciplinary literature experience.

Seventh graders here are supposed to study ancient civilizations from ancient Egypt up through Roman empire and medieval Europe. I must have read 25 different youth books to come up with the ones I chose. I wanted books that are historically accurate, while entertaining enough to keep a 7th grader engaged in learning.

This book gives a picture of life in ancient Rome that is painfully accurate, but it is not appropriate for elementary school age children. They are not old enough to handle the hard facts of life in ancient Rome(e.g., people thrown to the lions when accused of a crime), just as they don't understand the Holocaust.

The story is about twin tiger cubs captured in the wild, and brought to Caesar's palace. One is neutered, tamed and becomes the pet of Caesar's daughter. Tame Boots wears soft leather boots to cover his claws, and is in the constant care of a trainer who was hired to make sure that he will never harm anyone. His twin is taken to the dungeons of the Colosseum where he is bullied, tormented and starved to make him a killer, in preparation for his part in the "entertainment" of the day -- bloody battles to the death between wild animals and condemned prisoners or armed gladiators.

The two tiger brothers do not see each other again until the day a childish prank causes gentle Boots and his trainer to face Boots' wild brother in a fight to the death in the arena.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 14, 2007
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Tiger, tiger was an exciting novel with suprising twists that captured the mind. this book pulls you in as soon as you lay eyes upon it. there were three main characters. Aurelia, ceasers young 12 and later on 13 year old child. marcus who is a year youger than aurelia and is her cousin. tinally there is julius. he is the young tiger tamer for aerulia. in the book two tiger cubs were taken from the jungle and brought to ealy rome. they both take extremly different paths. some, life threating.

when the tiger cubs are taken from the jungle they are both used to serve rome. but in very different ways. the smaller more scrawny cub is taken to be aurelias' personal pet. the stronger more husky cub, is taken to the colosseum to learn to fight, and eventually kill. he becomes a ficious killer and his abouse to the christians rapidly becomes know throught rome. however, "boots" as aeurlia now refers to him as, is living a pampered life amongst the "two legs." he is petted, pampered, fed a large assortments of meat, and never gets bored with the palace life. but while he is treated like the "real" king of the jungle, his brother known as Brute, lives in a small dark cage, only let out to kill.

Brute, the cold man-killer sits alone in a small dark cage surrounded by other dark cages filled with animals that have been to the arena or awit the day they get to go up. All brute can smell is the stence of fear and anxiety. There are thrillings to the thought of going to the arena, but all the same there is extreme fear. When an animal goes up, they more than likely dont come back down. When brute's day finally arrives, he can not wait to tear, rip, and feast. for when HE goes up, he will come back down.

one evening when julius, and aurelia venture to marcus's house.
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