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The Tiger Rising (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Title:The Tiger Rising
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Info:Candlewick (2002), Paperback, 128 pages
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very good book, but sad ending. ( )
  ChloeLaird | Nov 28, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book because it pushes readers to think about tough tissues. This book is about a young boy named Rob who loses his mother and is trying to find things that distract him from his internal pain, such as a mystical tiger that he finds outside. It isn't until he meets a girl named Sistine that he finally opens up to someone about his problems. They bond over the mystical tiger but Rob is still reluctant to fully share his feelings with Sistine because he has been taught to hold it all in. For example the book states, "They were both dressed up in suits that day; his father's was too small. And when he slapped Rob to make him stop crying, he ripped a hole underneth the arm of his jacket. "There ain't no point in crying," his father had said afterward. "Crying ain't going to bring her back." It had been six months since that day, six months since he and his father had moved from Jacksonville to Lister, and Rob had not cried since, not once." The big idea behind this book is that sometimes unfortunate things happen in life, such as the death of a loved one, and it is important that people express their feelings and work through the issue at hand in a healthy way so that it does not build up. ( )
  breannaamos | Nov 11, 2016 |
I loved this book. I wish i had read it sooner ... Because i do love kate dicamillo - a great touching read :) ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
I enjoyed the possibilities of this story. I am sorry this is my first introduction to the author as this story did not feel fully developed. Story of a boys grief and journey to healing. The grief in this story is loss of a parent figure. Mother in case of the boy and for the girl it is the father or "family" unit. Of course, the poem by Blake Tyger, Tyger is referenced in the story and is contrasted with The Lamb. The struggle here for the two children is a struggle to understand and accept their current situations and to let the sadness out and to do something about the anger. ( )
  Kristelh | Nov 2, 2016 |
In this middle grade classic, Rob Horton, 12, has moved with his dad to Lister, Florida following the death of his mom six months earlier. They temporarily live at the Kentucky Star Motel, where Rob’s dad does maintenance work.

Sixth grade is difficult for Rob. Besides (and related to) his emotional state, he has suffered from a bad rash on his legs for the past six months. That and his outsider status (as demonstrated by his living in Florida but at the “Kentucky Star Motel”) leads the other kids to shun him, and he is constantly bullied by two brothers, the Threemongers.

One day another new student arrives, Sistine Bailey, and she too is the object of derision. She is full of anger over the abandonment of her father; she vehemently insists he will be back in a week to get her.

Rob and Sistine form a natural alliance, especially after Rob tells Sistine his biggest secret: there is a tiger in a cage in back of the motel. The proprietor is paying Rob extra to go feed the tiger every day.

The housekeeper of the motel, Willie May, a kind of wise woman/mother figure, tells Rob he has the rash because he is “keeping all that sadness down low, in your legs.” He needs, she advises him, to let it “get up to your heart, where it belongs.” But Rob keeps all his negative emotions in a metaphorical suitcase that he locked shut and refused to open.

Willie May has words of wisdom for Sistine as well:

“..you all full of anger, got it snapping out of you like lightning. . . . I got some advice for you. I already gave this boy some advice. You ready for yours? . . . This is it: Ain’t nobody going to come and rescue you. . . You got to rescue yourself.”

Both of the kids have to free themselves, and in determining to free the tiger, they symbolically opt to rid themselves of all that has been caging them.

If the book ended there, it would have made more obvious sense, but would not have been, perhaps, entirely true to life. DiCamillo adds a coda that suggests the ambiguity, complexity, and often unfair outcome of much of life.

Evaluation: DiCamillo is a prize-winning author; this book, for example, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has served as the National Ambassador for Young people’s Literature, and as "Time Magazine" stated, “understands that children can handle the tough stuff in fiction….” But the message of this story may be opaque to some kids; it would therefore make an excellent book for discussion in schools. ( )
  nbmars | Aug 13, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763618985, Paperback)

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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