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Tiger Moon



Fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue in colonial India.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The novel leans more toward entertainment than education, but kids may learn a bit about the culture and history of early 20th century India.

Positive messages

Positive messages about courage, friendship, and hope; kids can learn from the negative examples of greed and selfishness.

Positive role models

The heroes in this novel mostly grow into heroes instead of starting off that way. They are reluctant and have to learn the lessons of being a hero, a friend, etc. along the way.


A man known for his violent rages is rumored to have killed two wives. A description of butchered meat and the flies that were buzzing on it. A man cuts himself on a stone blood. A boy falls down stairs and dies; his bodied is burned. A man catches on fire but is saved. A caravan gets buried in a sandstorm and is presumed dead.


There are some mature situations, including discussion of a man being a eunuch and a woman who married without being a virgin. There is also talk of consummating a marriage. In a couple of scenes, men and women are described as having sex but not in great detail. A woman discusses losing her virginity. Mentions of harems.


Some mild name-calling.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some mature situations in this novel, including discussion of a man's lust for a woman, consummation of a marriage, harems, women murdered by their husbands, and a man being a eunuch. There is also discussion of many religions, including Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.

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What's the story?

Raka is married off to a horrible, greedy, and evil man. Her family is poor but her beauty is great. She knows that once the Raja finds out she is not the virgin he bargained for that his wrath will snuff the life out of her. As she awaits her certain fate she spins a fantastical tale for the enucuch that looks after the doves and runs errands for the wives of the harem. The tale parallels Raka's story in many ways, and in others it's pure fantasy. What becomes of the beautiful Raka and Raka's story's hero, Farhad?

Is it any good?


Author Antonia Michaelis weaves two marvelous tales within this novel, creating rich characters, enchanting scenes, and wonderful adventure. She does a fantastic job of blending deities, colonialism, and Indian customs to make a novel that is both intriguing and engaging.

Once audiences get into the novel they will truly enjoy it, though some kids may be intimidated by the length and by the sometimes confusing names of various deities and customs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about trust. What did Farhad learn about trusting people? How did this help him in his journey, and can you give some examples?

  • Farhad's friendship with Nitish was vital to his success in helping the princess. How does friendship help you overcome obstacles?

Book details

Author:Antonia Michaelis
Genre:Fairy Tale
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Amulet Books
Publication date:November 1, 2008
Number of pages:464

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybookworm29 July 11, 2010

Interesting and Exciting

My parents were born in India, I have been to India 3 times before. The information on religion and culture is pretty accurate. It was pretty good. A girl, Safia, called Raka, is taken away from her home to be married to a horrid man. She meets a servant boy, Lagan, and begins to tell him a story. Little does Lagan know that this story, about a boy who befriends a white tiger as he goes on a quest to save a princess, is very true. So you get to follow two stories. It's very interesting.
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