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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising (2001)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Like too many young adult books, this one is heavy with sorrow and meaning and lots of stuff to overcome. Also much to think about and discuss. ( )
  raizel | Jul 3, 2015 |
In this book there is a boy named Rob. He has dots/ lumps on his legs and wears shorts and a T-shirt. In the beginning Rob goes walking in the forest before school and finds a tiger. A new girl, named Sistine gets on the bus to school. Rob and Sistine have many sad and great times throughout the whole book. I like the book because it has life lessons and fantasy. I recommend this to anyone anywhere - if they have this book in different languages. ( )
  SampsonK | May 25, 2015 |
This book hits some heavy issues from the first page. A young boy has lost his mother. His father is cold and distant. They move from their home state to live in a motel in Florida. He’s being bullied by his fellow sixth grade classmates. He meets a girl named Sistine who becomes his only friend. DiCamillo is a talented author and in this book she tackles the danger of ignoring your grief and sorrow. When we ignore our hurt or bury it, it never goes away.

BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed this one, but if I was giving it to a younger audience I would make sure I followed the reading with a discussion of the issues.

“Ain’t nobody going to come and rescue you. You got to rescue yourself.”

“Rob realized why he liked Sistine so much. He liked her because when she saw something beautiful, the sound of her voice changed.” ( )
  bookworm12 | May 8, 2015 |
Too short - I wanted more exploration of the themes and characters. My 14 yo son loved it also. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
"The Tiger Rising" follows the story of a young boy, Rob, who lost his mom to cancer and moved to a new "home" (motel) in Florida with his dad. After some time being in Florida he is the elementary school victim of two bullies and a boy with no friends. One day a young girl, Sistine, arrives new to the town with major confidence. Ever since Rob's mom died he had kept his "suitcase" of happiness and feeling emotions in his heart closed. One day Rob explores the forest and finds a tiger living in a locked cage. Rob shows his new friend Sistine and later is given the keys by the motel owner to feed the tiger. Sistine convinces Rob to set the tiger free and Rob's father kills the tiger thinking it was going to harm him or Rob. Throughout the book and throughout Sistine's friendship Rob's "suitcase" begins to open and he is set free from the pain he had locked away in his heart about his mom. This book is a realistic fiction novel. ( )
  Ebarclift13 | Feb 24, 2015 |
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That morning, after he discovered the tiger, Rob went and stood under the Kentucky Star Motel sign and waited for the school bus just like it was any other day.
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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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Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

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