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Saturday, May 04, 2019

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The Tiger RisingThe Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book came to me highly recommended as a young adult novel to read to my classes. My students loved it. It had some great characters, imagery, action, realistic situations, and themes that they could relate to. DiCamillo's writing made a good exemplar for the students as well. It might be considered a children's book, but I think it's more appropriate for middle grades and older.

The main character is 12 year old Rob who lives in the Kentucky Star Motel because his dad works there. One morning while walking through the woods behind the motel, he finds a tiger in a cage. On the same day, he also meets Sistine, a girl who becomes a very good friend.

Rob Horton is such a relatable character. He has lost his mom to cancer and keeps his feelings bottled up inside. Sistine Bailey's dad has run off and she wears her feelings like a polyester pant suit. Together, these two will steal your heart.

Kate DiCamillo also authored Because of Winn-Dixie, one of my favorites. The Tiger Rising was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.
  Kate DiCamillo


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