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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–Ancient Irish myths and legends mix and mingle with the modern world in this fast-paced fantasy. Teagan Wylltson's got her life in order. She has a great job at the local zoo and is heading toward a college scholarship. She doesn't need boys distracting her from her plan. But then one day Social Services shows up with them, Teagan's 17-year-old cousin, Finn Mac Cumhaill. Teagan's mother is Irish and was brought to the States by a group of Irish Travelers, but she hasn't had any contact with them for many years, until now. After her mother dies of mysterious causes and her father is abducted by truly evil forces, Teagan, her younger brother, and Finn set off on a dangerous and frightening mission to rescue him. Through the events that unfold both in the modern world and in the world of Mag Mel where Fear Doirich rules and the sprites and goblins live, Teagan's family history unfolds, and she is able to make sense of incidents from her past that have always seemed puzzling. Hamilton has created characters who are quirky and complex. Their stories are tightly woven together and riveting, and readers will look forward to the next installment in the series.–Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Hamilton uses the Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill as a basis for this promising new series about goblins and the Travelers who fight them. Chicagoan Teagan has always been too invested in science—particularly animal behavior—to believe in her mother’s Irish superstitions. When Finn is sent to live with them, he brings a dangerously seductive sense of wildness into Teagan’s life. Finn claims to be destined to fight goblinkind, but before Teagan can fully accept his story, goblins attack and force them into Mag Mell, the kingdom of the evil Fear Doirich. Hamilton’s convincingly idiosyncratic characters are the heart of the book, though a focus on dialogue occasionally distances readers from an emotional connection. The setting, too, is barely there, despite seeming important to the story. The romance is more successful, starting off heated but cooling quickly into a mild, but tension-filled, relationship. The hints of a tragic fate will keep romance fans reading, while the promise of more magical thrills involving Irish folklore will draw in others. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley

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  • File Size: 2748 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Reprint edition (November 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB1T6S
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I was born in a trailer in High Rolls, New Mexico, in 1958.

By my sixth birthday, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by the sound of words, the sweep of story. I wanted to make word magic and tuck it inside the covers of a book.

A writer needs a very tough skin. And she needs something to write about.

Fortunately, my parents were quite eccentric. My childhood can only be described as 'exciting.'

I tracked caribou and arctic wolves across my family's homestead in Alaska, caught tiny tree frogs in the swamps and rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, and chased dust devils and rattlesnakes across the high desert of New Mexico.

Against all odds, I survived my many misadventures. I was not electrocuted or drowned. Most of the bullets missed, and the incidents with bears, snakes, wolves, and angry moose were not fatal.

Before I settled down to have children I worked as a ranch hand, a wood cutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor.

I am the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. Tyger Tyger, book one of the Goblin Wars series, is my first novel for young adults.

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Sixteen-year-old Teagan "Tea" Wylltson speaks to apes in sign language while working as an intern at the Chicago zoo. She's determined to win a scholarship to a prestigious veterinary school, but in the meantime she's surrounded by fascinating people. Her father is a school librarian who loves to read aloud to his children and claims to be a descendant of Merlin. Her mother creates beautiful--and often frightening--illustrations of goblins for children's books and is an orphan who was raised by a band of Irish Travelers who immigrated to America. Tea's five-year-old brother Aiden is verbally precocious and musically gifted due to having a photographic memory, and Tea calls him a human GPS system because he never gets lost no matter where he is. Her best friend Abby claims to be psychic, has had dreams of Tea being in terrible danger, and comes from a family with ties to the Mafia.

In spite of all the quirky people around her, Tea does her best to live a normal life and stay on track with her ambitious career goals. Part of that plan is to refuse to get involved with boys, because they're nothing but a waste of time. But when handsome, charming Finn Mac Cumhaill is delivered to her family's doorstep by a social worker, in spite of herself, Tea is intensely attracted to him. Finn is part of the Irish Traveler family Tea's mother belonged to, but Tea's mother hasn't seen any of them in years. Finn has been living on the streets since he was twelve, for almost six years, and would still be there now if he hadn't broken his arm and come to the attention of the authorities when he went to the hospital.

As unsettling as Tea finds the sizzlingly mutual attraction between her and Finn, this is only the beginning of the problems that Finn brings into her life.
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** Possible (very light) Spoilers **

If you are in the mood for a light-adventure romp with a twist of Celtic lore then I think you'd enjoy "Tyger, Tyger". It's a light, fast read that I found hard to put down. It was well crafted and engaging, although at one point the author nearly lost my confidence when one of the secondary characters (Abby) unexpectedly balked at the existence of creatures she herself had introduced. (That's just my opinion of course)

The story is about a family living in Chicago that hasn't much idea of it's genetic history; which is where the Celtic lore comes in. And while the story focuses on 16-year-old Tea, I found almost all the other characters more interesting. There's the mysterious Finn, who's quick with his fists and who has a lovely Irish brogue; and Abby, the best friend with the mob family connections. And Aidan, Tea's little brother who is more than a little fey, as well as the long-lost grandmother.

Now while the marketing people say this book is for Young Adults, I see very little that would make it inappropriate for Middle Graders. There's maybe two instances of very mild 'bad' language, but the users are immediately put down and chided for it. And there is not graphic violence nor 'Adult Situations'.

Pam T~
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Tyger, Tyger is the first of the Goblin Wars trilogy by Kersten Hamilton based on Celtic Folklore or Mythology. It is Chronicles of Narnia meets Hunger Games with creatures scarier and even more mystical. Hamilton pens fear to life and sheds a shadow over a world that while just like ours, it is awake to the dreamlike and nightmarish creatures that most humans know nothing of. Just as I felt after reading books from the masterminds of Tolkien and C.S Lewis who created worlds where I that submerged me, Tyger Tyger holds its own in the fantasy arena. Beware though that even as an adult you will find yourself trapped by what awaits you inside these pages.

Hamilton does not shy away from the spiritual implications on either end of the spectrum. I know that could make some people uncomfortable, but it is written as fantasy, in which you will see characters that resemble reality but aren't fully real. Although Kersten Hamilton is a christian, she longs for this book to go out mainstream and minister by way of storytelling, or a parable-like approach to our world. Too often we are afraid to mention the power of darkness, so as not to cause fear, disturb anyone. But as followers of Jesus Christ we strip Him of His power when we don't acknowledge what we are battling in His name.

On an entertainment can-I-put-it-down level, I tore through it, in a day or so. And then I was mad. Why? Because I hated for it to end and now I 'get' to wait a year to read the next and I don't want to (read that in a VERY whinny voice)!! I want to keep reading in that world,to know what happens to Tea and Finn. I am thinking about it while in the garden, while washing dishes long, LONG after the last page was turned.
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Tyger Tyger is a great new addition in the fantasy world. Planted firmly in Irish lure, this book pulled me in from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the way the goblin world was created and how it was told in pieces through-out the book by the characters telling old Irish tales. It was a unique spin on the sidhe for me. I saw a lot of similarities to other sidhe lure, but a lot of new takes on it as well.

I really think the characters and their relationships was what made this book so great for me. I loved that Teagan was such a put together young lady. Very focused on her future and goals. It was great to see a happy functional family, which is something I've been missing a lot lately in the YA genre. This is a kid who actually likes her little brother instead of thinking of him as a constant pest, and enjoys spending time with her parents. I think one of my favorite parts was when the family would work out the schedule after dinner where one of them reads out loud to the others while they cleaned up the kitchen. It may be something I pick up with my family!

The rest of the cast was great as well. Tea's best friend Abby was a in-your-face, loyal to the very end, kind of girl. She was a lot of fun. Finn MacCumhaill was a super hot Irish boy (accent and all, YUM) who was strong and passionate and quite the gentlemen. Aiden, Teagan's little brother, was a smart and funny little boy. I'm really glad that he was included in the whole book and taken on the adventure too, instead of just left behind like in most stories. This was really great for me since my little brother is my best friend, and I definitely wouldn't have left him behind with some random sitter!!!
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