Parents' Guide to

The Tiger Rising

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Grieving tweens try to free tiger in bleak Southern tale.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+

Sad, scary, provoking all the wrong discussion

Who writes books like this for kids? It is scary and depressing. The fathers in the book either beat the kids or don’t let them grieve a mother who is dead. One dad cheats on the mom- everyone has guns. This books is about pushing the envelope for kids- they don’t need extra reasons to be sad. There is bullying and the loss of the main character at the end is so cruel for kids. With all Of the school shootings do we really need another character to be shot to death? No thank you. Why would anyone do this to a child? Her books are always full of truly horrible Moments but most are educational- this one is exploitation
age 8+

Tiger Rising is a bland book, my kid had to read the book at school and had work for it every day. He did not like it one bit.

Tiger Rising is a bland book, my kid had to read the book at school and had work for it every day. He did not like it one bit.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Death, betrayal, grief, defeat, and ill-advised choices vie with life-changing friendship and moments of beauty in Kate DiCamillo's tale of a captive tiger and tweens who want to free him. A good deal darker than the author's previous book, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising features complex, troubled characters such as protagonist Rob's dad, who cares tenderly for his son's medical issues but kills a bird just because he can, over his wife's protests and his boy's tears.

"'You think I can hit it?' his father said. 'You think I can hit that itty-bitty bird?'

"'Robert,' his mother said, 'what do you want to shoot that bird for?'

"'To prove I can,' said his father.

"There was a single crack and the bird was suspended in midair, pinned for a moment to the sky with his father's bullet. Then it fell.

"'Oh, Robert,' his mother said....

"Rob thought about the bird and how when he had finally found its small still warm body, he had started to cry.

"His father told him not to.

"'It ain't nothing to cry over,' he said. 'It's just a bird.'"

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