The Tiger Rising Paperback – 8 Apr 2002
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"* "A memorable, lyrical narrative, rich in emotional insight." The Times Educational Supplement * "A lyrical and almost magical story... powerful, full of empathy and a gripping read." The Bookseller
The story of a boy who discovers that some things can't stay locked up for ever. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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A grieving child (elementary or middle school - not clear), living in poverty in a motel room (with very emotionally damaged and also grieving Dad) in America's Deep South is unable to grieve the death of his Mother and so shuts down emotionally - although his legs weep with a skin disease. He is physically bullied on the school bus (graphic descriptions) without adult intervention (despite an adult employed by the education department being present), because he does not fit. The bullies are stereotypically 2 Deep South Red Neck brothers.
Behind the Motel he finds a tiger in cage which the Motel's owner keeps (he does a good impression of 'Boss Hoggs'). Working together with another school misfit (newly arrived girl) to set the tiger free, opens him up emotionally. When the tiger is set free it is immediately shot by the Boy's father (it's the USA whee guns are available) so that it doesn't roam free. The Father is supported by a 'good hearted' chamber maid at the Motel - who was keeping a caring eye on the children. She draws the moral that whilst beautiful, the tiger is deadly. The death of the beautiful creature, his Dad's part in it, makes the boy so angry that he is able to express his pent up feelings. Boy and Dad are reconciled, with Dad suddenly knowing just the right, supportive and appropriate things to say.
I found the absence of 'appropriate' adults disturbing, especially given the very strong 'presence' of the school in this story The only caring adult is the stereotypical 'good hearted' chamber maid. The resolution is shallow, as is the treatment of loss. The Deep South is presented as Jim Crow/Boss Hoggs country.
Perhaps for teens?
Maybe for teens
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What a beautiful Story and beautifully written. My 6 and 9 year old loved listening to this storyPublished 22 months ago by beth
Brilliant story. Must read. Interesting and heart-breaking story. Every chapter is just pushing and pushing you to read more of the bookPublished on 3 April 2013 by N. Ahmad
I read this after loving Kate DiCamillo's book, 'The Magician's Elephant'. This story tells of a young boy and his father who have relocated after the death of the boy's mother. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2011 by Mr T Niwa