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The Tiger Rising Paperback – December 8, 2015
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'Kate DiCamillo, whose Because of Winn-dixie was a Newbery Honor Book, again explores the difficulty of fitting into a new place. But The Tiger Rising is even more emotionally affecting as Rob and Sistine, united by their aloneness, grapple with unlocking their own heartaches as they debate whether to free the tiger'.
- The New York Times Book Review.
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-The New York Times Book Review.
'As in her previous award-winning books, DiCamillo once again shows that life’s underlying sadnesses can also be studded with hope and humor, and does it in a way so true that children will understand it in their bones. And that’s why she’s Kate the Great.'
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The author delves deeply into the psyches of her cast with carefully choreographed scenes, opting for the economy of poetry over elaborate prose. . . . DiCamillo demonstrates her versatility by treating themes similar to those of her first novel with a completely different approach. Readers will eagerly anticipate her next work. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It deals with the tough issues of death, grieving, and the great accompanying sadness, and has enough layers to embrace any reader. —School Library Journal (starred review)
The story deftly shows the anxiety and suspense of getting close to someone after experience has taught you that may not be safe to do. DiCamillo's gorgeous language wastes not a single word: spare and taut her sentences spin out, with the Florida mist rising off them, and unspoken words finally said aloud. —Booklist
Young readers who enjoyed DiCamillo's first novel won't be disappointed by her second. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The brief novel, which features a well realized setting and an almost palpable aura of sadness, has a certain mythic quality. —The Horn Book
. . . the tiger, 'burning bright' with magnificent, feral presence, does make an arresting central image. —Kirkus Reviews
Together [the characters] learn about trust, friendship, and feelings as they plot to set the tiger free. In the process, they learn another valuable lesson, one that readers won't soon forget. This poignant, powerful story was written by the author of the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie. —Dallas Morning News
DiCamillo, who grew up in Central Florida and wrote the multi-award winning Because of Winn-Dixie, could almost have titled her bittersweet second novel "Because of the Tiger" . . . because of the tiger, Rob and Sistine make the fateful decision that allows Rob and his father to grieve more openly for their loss. —Orlando Sentinel
Powerfully written by the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, this poignant story is certain to garner accolades on many levels. —Syndicated Column - Kendal Rautzhan
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo says of THE TIGER RISING, "Rob Horton first showed up in a short story I was writing. I finished the story, but apparently Rob wasn’t finished with me. He hung around for weeks afterward, haunting the other stories I was working on. Finally, I said to him, ‘What in the world do you want?’ And he said, ‘I know where there’s a tiger.’ Like Sistine, I said one word back to him, ‘Where?’ THE TIGER RISING is how Rob Horton answered me."
- Lexile Measure : 590L
- Grade Level : 5 - 6
- Item Weight : 4 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780763680879
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763680879
- Product Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.4 x 7.63 inches
- Publisher : Candlewick; Reissue Edition (December 8, 2015)
- Reading level : 10 and up
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0763680877
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tiger Rising is a book about friendship, growth, and trust. The story contains two unemotional misfits with problems in their social lives that end up meeting and overcoming their problems. They end up finding a tiger who brings them together on their journey to help free the tiger.
If you want to get the most out of the book then I recommend paying attention to small details. If you do you will better understand the book and I guarantee you will enjoy it more. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Rob [one of the two main characters] lives in a hotel in Florida with his dad. His mom died of cancer when he was little. Rob is an outcast at his school. He has a rash on his legs and has to stay home from school. So, he has to work at the hotel where he lives. He is afraid to let out his emotions because his past and present were rough.
Sistine [the second main character] just recently moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. Her parents got divorced and she lives with her mom. She secretly hopes her dad will come and get her. She hides her emotions about her parents divorce and her tough life. She lets it out by getting in fights at school.
Rob and Sistine meet and become good friends. They help each other learn to express their emotions and not keep it all in. They bond through their journey to free a tiger. During their journey, they realize how similar they are and how well they can overcome anything in their way.
In conclusion, the Tiger Rising is an amazing book that teaches many lessons. It shows friendship, hard work, growth, trust, and how two people overcame their difficult past.
The Tiger Rising is a book about a young boy named Rob Horton. Whose life's off track because his mom just passed away and is stuck in a godawful hotel with his cantankerous father. But one day he encounters a lonely tiger sitting in the middle of a cage, he knows there’s something wrong with the scene. He meets a girl named Sistine who is having problems too.They then go on insane adventures.
This is a dynamite book for all ages.Especially for 9-12 year olds. This book is about friendship,rough times,and a little bit of mystery.Even if you’re not into that “type” you will still like it, without a doubt.It is a relatively small book, it has 30 chapters but the chapters are small.I loved this book, and I will tell you why.It is so packedful of thrilling excitment. Every time you put the book down you want to pick it up and read more. Every character is different. But you can’t really pick who your favorite is because they're all so fascinating. I loved this book and I know you will too.
I think that The Tiger Rising is a great book because it has a lot of detail in it. Kate Dicamillo is a phenomenal author that knows and is very experienced in mixing despair and hope. She writes a tale of sadness and friendship. In the book, a boy named Rob Horton was wandering in the woods and found a tiger. A real tiger. Then at school he finds a girl that is in need of friendship. He has a incurable rash on his legs and because of it he gets bullied in school and is sent out of the school by the principal. Rob has a suitcase of thoughts and never thinks about anything, except for the tiger and Sistine. Will that change? Sistine can’t control her anger. Will that change? So in the end, I’ll give this book a 5 star rating.
The Tiger Rising was a pretty good book. It's about a boy named Rob Horton who doesn't have many friends at school and is very quiet. Robs mom just died so he moved to a motel in florida so they could stop thinking about her where they used to live. Later on in the book rob meets a girl named Sistine Bailey. Sistine had just came down to florida with her mom and is waiting for her dad to come and bring her back to where she really likes, the north. Sistine is a very unique girl, she wears weird clothes and hates almost everybody. The Tiger Rising was a very nice book but made you feel very sad at some points in the story. It was still a very well written and amazing book. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to a friend or anybody really. I would give this book a five out of five stars for some of these reasons. This book was very nice because it had so much detail and i can see that the writer put lots of effort into it. I liked how the writer made every character so unique and nobody was either alike or just an Average Joe. And the last reason why I liked this book is because of the way they made things at certain times, like since this book is supposed to be sad I thought it was smart to always make it cloudy. And those are the reasons why I LOVED this book.
I think that Tiger Rising is an awesome book! Even though it was a little slow to start the rest of the book was very interesting. As you get farther and farther into the book you start to get pulled into the story and it is hard to put the book down. Overall I think it is a great book to read.
Tiger Rising contains a lot of feelings and emotions. Some of the emotions in the book are loneliness, anger and fear. Rob the main character was lonely because his mom died and his dad wanted him to stop being sad about her death. Sistine another main character was angry because her parents divorced and she was always mad at the world. At the end of the book, Rob was afraid to let the tiger out because he is worried the tiger would eat him but I think it also has to do with being afraid to let his feelings out.
After you read this book, you will be so happy you did! It is a fun book to read and it teaches you a lot about feelings and emotions.
If I were recommending this book to a person, I would say that it was a sad book with an awful ending. Some people say that it has happiness and friendship, I disagree. If the book was about friendship, wouldn’t there be at least three or four friendchips? Yes, but this book only has one. They also say it is about happiness. To me this is a joke and a lie. Throughout the story, it is mostly crying, mangling people, and many other awful things that I don’t even want to mention, like when that kid in Rob’s class tripped him and called him a retard. To those who don’t what a retard is, I’m just saying that it is a horrific and rude thing to say. I also heard that this is a book for all ages, and I also am very startled that writing like that should be in a children’s book. I liked The Tale Of Despereaux, and I want to read Flora and Ulysses, but this book really surprises me. I would give this book a one out five stars, because I think this is an awful book for children.
In my mind The Tiger Rising is an amazing book about a boy named Rob Horton.His mother dies so he has to move to Jacksonville Kentucky he lives at the kentucky star motel with his dad. Rob has no friends and one day when he was getting on the bus he saw a tiger locked in a cage with blood around its face. Then he meets a girl named Sistine. He gained a friendship with her. This book is extremely sad but very interesting. I was very mad when my teacher told us that we had to take a break from the book and left us on a cliffhanger. I think this book deserves a 5 star rating for how amazingly written it is. This book is sad but very interesting. I recommend this book for ajes 9 and older i would not recommend this for a second grader because it is sad and they would not understand the book. But this book was one of the best and most well written books i've ever red. There are also a lot of bumps in the story with Rob and Sistine.
The Tiger Rising is a book about a boy named Rob, who holds a lot of his sad feelings inside of him because his mother died and his dad will not let him talk about her or be sad. He has recently moved to a new town that he does not like and has a hard time fitting in with the other kids or even his teacher at school. Rob eventually meets a new girl named Sistine. Sistine has problems of her own and does not like her new town either. She wants to move back to Philadelphia and wants her dad to come and get her.
Rob finds a tiger locked in a cage and when he becomes friends with Sistine, he finally shows her the tiger. They both know how the tiger feels being locked up because they are sort of feeling the same way in their own lives. Eventually, Rob is hired to feed the tiger by a man named Beauchamp. Beauchamp is not a nice man and doesn't even care about the tiger. Sistine is always trying to talk Rob into letting the tiger go.
Sometimes trying to figure out how Rob and Sistine were feeling by understanding the tiger was confusing. It was nice to see how Rob and Sistine were able to make each other feel better and be able to talk to each other. In the end, Rob has a fight with his dad until they can both talk about how much they miss Rob's mother and Sistine knows that her dad really isn't coming back for her.
I think that it is kind of a sad book but a good book and I would recommend reading it.
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