Author: Kate D. Camillo
Publish Date: July 1, 2002
Genre: Middle Grade
About the Book (from Goodreads):
The National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE - now in paperback
Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger - a real-life, very large tiger - pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things - like memories, and heartaches, and tigers - can’t be locked up forever.
Why I Read this Book: I checked out this book from my local library to read during the last Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon.
The Tiger Rising is an engaging story about a boy who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind where he lives. Rob, who is a young lonely boy, finds a friend in a girl who he attends school with, Sistine.
The Tiger Rising was heartbreaking and kept you wondering about what would happen next. The journey is the best part about this story, so I will not ruin that for you.
Although this story is too intense for younger readers, The Tiger Rising is sure to keep your teen or pre-teen hooked and eager to read more.
Recommended Reading Age: 10+
Overall Rating: 4/5