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Tiger Lily Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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“Guided by fragile, insect–size faerie Tink, readers are drawn into this richly re–imagined Neverland. Working with the darker threads of Barrie’s bittersweet classic, Anderson weaves an enchanting tale.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The mythology of Neverland is eloquently woven into the story, and characters are reborn in fascinating ways…[and] Readers will find it hard to resist being drawn into Tiger Lily’s world, where dangers and emotions are painted several shades darker than in J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Its many layers create a place of dangerous wonder. Tiger Lily has been reinvented with a complex backstory, giving her a credible source of deep strength and dark emotion.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Serious and moving.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“This unique retelling of PETER PAN by J. M. Barrie has a literary feel, lush descriptions, and a mysterious but sympathetic main character…A sophisticated fantasy, a new spin on a classic tale.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“In expressive, graceful language, Anderson tells the story of the fierce Tiger Lily and her thorny romance with the legendary Peter Pan. Its sensitive, passionate portrayal of familiar characters…is captivating.” (Booklist)
“With this quiet and bittersweet story, readers will never again think of Peter Pan as simple animation.” (BookPage)
Top Customer Reviews
A couple of days ago, I took the book back off my shelf and gave it a second chance. It turns out that Tinkerbell was a fantastic choice for a narrator. She could give input on a multitude of characters, since she was so small and mostly ignored. Since she wasn't able to speak, she couldn't spoil the fun "surprises" the the readers knew awaited the other characters.
Tiger Lily has a unique personality that may be hard to connect to. She's quiet, boyish, and rebellious. She doesn't know how to express her feelings to anyone, including the dashing Peter Pan. I really empathized with Tiger Lily and I was sad to say goodbye to her when the book was finished. I truly wished that more characters acted like her - a shy tomboy - because I know quite a few in real life.
Peter Pan reminded me slightly of Lestat in Anne Rice's vampire series. He did what he wanted to do without caring about the consequences. He didn't understand why Tiger Lily made choices with her head and not her heart.
The contrast between these two characters made some very tension filled scenes. It was heartbreaking to witness their interactions. As a reader, I knew what should be said and what should happen, but it never unfolded that way.Read more ›
I honestly didn't know what to expect. A retelling of Peter Pan? That just seemed so far-fetched since I'd heard it was an emotional rollercoaster. I should not have doubted it. Tiger Lily surpassed all expectations and honestly, made my eyes wet. Tiger Lily has always been one of my favorite Disney princesses since she was loyal, brave, and strong, but sadly was overlooked and only had one line that barely lasted 2 seconds. Her character traits were highlighted in this amazing book, making me love her even more. Tiger lily has been betrayed, hurt, lost, and was an outcast. That is, until she meets Peter Pan and falls in love with him and he with her. It was a beautiful, subtle, love story, but it was that subtle part that ripped it all apart.
Let me just say this now: I hated Wendy. She seemed shallow and uncaring, pretty much your average bitc*. I absolutely hated her with all my heart and wanted to tear out her pretty little hair just so Peter Pan would love Tiger Lily again. Sadly, I couldn't and just had to keep reading, learning how things would play out, and leaving me heartbroken with tears in my eyes. Never has a Disney movie been so emotional, so sad, and so, so beautiful.
This story is told in Tinker Bell's, that's right Tinker Bell's, point of view and that made this all the more worthwhile to read. This way, you can catch a glimpse what others are thinking, imagining, and you never have to second guess what a character is feeling. I almost felt like I was in the book, Tiger Lily, Peter, Hook, and Tik Tok in front of me. The writing was lyrical, the plot shocking, and the mood/tone sorrowful, mournful, despairing.Read more ›
First 50 Pages: The first 50 pages of this book kind of put me in shock. Okay, I'm being dramatic, but the beginning was surprising. Just by judging what the book synopsis had told me, I thought that this book would be told from the point of view of Tiger Lily. It's not. It is told from Tinkerbell's point of view and how she views everything that is going on around her, but mostly it's about Tinkerbell's observations revolving around Peter and Tiger Lily.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peter Pan retellings are one of my absolute FAVORITE things to read, although I have a preference for Captain Hook, if I'm being honest. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tracy @ Cornerfolds
Such a good read! I could not put the book down when I got it. The story is about Tiger Lily told from Tinks perspective and Neverland is nothing like the Disney movie. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I recently wrote my own version of a story based on Tiger Lily, and purposely waited until after my story was written and near publication before I read this story. Read morePublished 12 days ago by C. Langwell
This book is absolutely amazing. I read it once in middle school and couldn't stop thinking about it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy
Tiger Lily is told from Tinker Bell's perspective and I loved that. What I didn't love though, was the story itself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brittany
I really loved this piece of the puzzle for Peter Pan. The story was amazing and it shows what first love is all about. It's wonderful for everyone of all ages.Published 2 months ago by Debra Powell-Ramsey