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The Tiger Rising


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Kate DiCamillo's first novel Because of Winn-Dixie won a Newbery Honor in 2000 for the no-nonsense charm and wisdom of its down-home young heroine, Opal. Also set in Florida, The Tiger Rising is more of a short story in scope, the tale of 12-year-old Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the Kentucky Star Motel where he lives with his dad. The tiger is so incongruous in this setting, Rob views the apparition as some sort of magic trick. Indeed, the tiger triggers all sorts of magic in Rob's life--for one thing, it takes his mind off his recently deceased mother and the itchy red blisters on his legs that the wise motel housekeeper, Willie May, says is a manifestation of the sadness that Rob keeps "down low." Something else for Rob to think about is Sistine (as in the chapel), a new city girl with fierce black eyes who challenges him to be honest with her and himself. Spurred by the tiger, events collide to break Rob out of his silent introspection, to form a new friendship with Sistine, a new understanding with his father, and most important, to lighten his heart. This novel is about cages--the consequences of escape as well as imprisonment. The story and symbolism are clear as a bell, and the emotions ring true. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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The Tiger Rising

Have you ever had something or someone die in your family? Well, in The Tiger Rising something and someone died. Want to know who and what died? You are going to have to read the book first if you want to know.This book is not all sad.It is also heartwarming,powerful,and haunting. In one chapter Sistine [Main chacters friend] got into a fight with this group of kids.Rob [Main chacter] stood up for Sistine.Want to know what happens next? Read chapter 6.If you like it,or love it read the rest. I liked this book because Rob [Main chacter] was a kid that got bullied every time he got on the bus to school. When Sistine came, Rob's life changed.

A Tale of Sorrow, Freedom & Redemption...

All too often Children's books are filled with unoriginal, stock plots and characters who fulfill a role rather than instill a purpose or inspire their readers. The Tiger Rising is just the opposite. Dicamillo is an exquisite writer, who is able to probe and understand the thoughts of young readers and the problems they face. The Tiger Rising is a book for all ages. The main character, Rob Horton, is an outcast at school, his mother has died, and he lives in a hotel, in Florida, with his father. One day he stumbles upon a tiger locked in a cage in the forest behind is motel. He later befriends a girl named sistine, who is in dire need of friendship, as is Rob, and the two are faced with many life problems throughout the story. This is a story which strikes the very human condition of freedom, loss, hope, and most importantly friendship. Dicamillo is on top of her game with a story which will ring true to everyone who reads it.

The Tiger Rising

In the book The Tiger Rising a boy named Rob Horton is just getting adapted to the new changes that has been happening in his life. Rob has been lonely ever since he has moved to a new town and when his mom pasted away. All Rob really wants is a friend or two, but instead he keeps getting bullied. I really liked this book because it was really about his friendship with a girl named Sistine Bailey. When Rob made a friend, Sistine was a good friend because they were always going on adventures and doing other things. The author of this book wrote it with great detail. There is so much detail that it feels like I am with the characters. That is why detail is important in this book. By having detail it makes the characters come to life. I recommend this book because it is every thing I said, and more. It has good friendships,adventures, great detail, and much more.

Mezmerizing for fourth graders

This book totally engrossed my students. I read this short story aloud in five days; the children wouldn't let me put the book down. Not only did they listen to the story, but the students were quick to make predictions, compare this novel to Because of Winn Dixie and the craft of Cynthia Rylant. They loved the story, character, plot and narration. Of course, I read this book at the end of the year, and after we had read Because of Winn Dixie and The Van Gogh Cafe.

A Great Story

I think the book, The Tiger Rising, should get five stars because it is an interesting book. It was about two kids named Rob and Sistine. Rob had a disease. The principal thought Rob's disease was contagious. He would have to stay home for a few days and have it heal up. The only problem is that his legs wouldn't heal up.In order to avoid school, he went into the woods hoping he would get lost or eaten by a bear, that's when he found the tiger in a cage by an abandoned gas station. He told his friend, Sistine, about it. That's when the real story begins. So, when you buy this book and start reading it, you'll never want to set this book down until your done reading it.

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