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The tiger rising (original 2001; edition 2001)

by Kate DiCamillo

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Title:The tiger rising
Authors:Kate DiCamillo (Author)
Info:Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2001.
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Too short - I wanted more exploration of the themes and characters. My 14 yo son loved it also. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Kate DiCamillo writes another touching but not treacly book about difficulties in childhood and rising to face them. Loved it, especially since all the main characters had flaws but were likable. I appreciate showing the slow processes of both friendship and grieving. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
Six months after the death of his mother, 12-year-old Rob moves with his dad from Jacksonville to small town Lister, Florida. Rob's father does not encourage his son to express his feelings so Rob buries his grief and emotion inside but it manifests itself as angry red itchy spots on his legs. While exploring the area around the Kentucky Star Hotel where Rob and his father now live Rob comes across a caged tiger next to an abandoned gas station. The tiger belongs to the hotel's owner and he pays Rob to feed the animal every day handing over the keys to the tiger's cage. Rob is temporarily out of school due to the principal's belief that the rash on Rob's legs might be contagious to the other students. He is secretly relieved to be absent as he was the constant target of bullies at school and on the bus. Another victim of the bullies, Sistine, becomes Rob's friend and he shares the secret of the tiger with her. Sistine immediately demands that he release the animal but Rob is reluctant. Can Sistine convince her friend to help the tiger?

This was a well written junior fiction novel with very likeable characters. The tiger is an obvious simile for Rob's caged emotions and his conflict over releasing both makes this an interesting story. I happened to find the tiger's presence outside an abandoned gas station a bit strange, however. I do like DiCamillo's books and will definitely read more.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
This story was absolutely enchanting. One of my favorites from now on and something I would recommend to both adults and children. ( )
  kali.joy | Dec 5, 2015 |
While walking through the woods behind his home, The Kentucky Star Motel, Rob happens upon a cage, a cage with a tiger in it. He hides what he finds from the people he knows, to keep it his own for a bit, until he meets Sistine, named after the Sistine Chapel. The intense, aggressive, but thoughtful girl evokes feelings of Rob he hasn't had in some time. The two will force a change upon each other, but by the end, the true metamorphosis begins within oneself. ( )
  candyceutter | Nov 14, 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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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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