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Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to lea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1981)
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Mel It's a 650L.
Personally I think any 12-year-old with an average reading level can get through this book and enjoy it.
The subject matter is deep,…more
It's a 650L.
Personally I think any 12-year-old with an average reading level can get through this book and enjoy it.
The subject matter is deep, however, as a young teen when I read it I loved it and read it over and over again.
Excellent morals, take-aways and statements like any other Judy Blume book.

Young children of "today" may need a 'card catalogue' explained to them however, as there are no computers in this book. :) (less)
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Megan
It seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporary YA. Even so Tiger Eyes is a book which, I believe, still stands the test of time. This is the story of fifteen year old Davey, who has lived her entire life in Atlantic City with her parents and little brother. One night, Davey's father is shot to death during a robbery while working at his grocery store. In attempt to get their lives back together ...more
Erin
I have never read a Judy Blume book before, and I felt vaguely embarrassed when I checked this out from the library. There's no nostalgic link for me to any of Blume's books, so I'll admit I was worried about how I would like this book.

But all you Blume-hards (what?) can relax about the three star rating up there, because when I say I "liked" this book I really do mean it. The thing is, I became so invested in some of the plotlines that when they failed to reach a satisfying conclusion I felt li
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Adriana
The Book I read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. This book is an old favorite of mine, that I decided to re-read. I first read this book when I was about eleven years old, and decided to re-read it because I saw it in my nightstand table, when I was looking for a book I owed the school. The book takes place in New Jersey, where the main character fifteen year old Davey Wexler's father is murdered in Atlantic City, in a store that he works in. After her father is murdered Davey deals with the death ...more
Jennifer
Judy Blume actually signed this much-loved dog-eared paperback of mine and it is one of my most prized possessions. Sadly, I have tried giving it to tons of my 8th grade girls and they just aren't feeling it. But now that Twilight has made chastity hot, I may try it again!
Audra
I read this book when I was in elementary school. Which now that I think about it, may have been too young. But I have always fancied myself an advanced reader, especially when I was younger. Let's start at the beginning, with the book's cover. When I read this, I used to stare at the cover between readings. I know there were different covers but this is the one I read over and over - it's a haunting picture. As marketing folks know, packaging can make or break a product and I am certain the sam ...more
Joe
I'm writing this just days after some wretched little scumbag murdered 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, and that tragedy gives added dimension to this book: Davey, a 15-year-old white girl in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has to face something no child should have to deal with: the murder of her father. The situation could be another maudlin weeper, but in the hands of Judy Blume the story is concise and honest. Davey and her family go to Los Alamos, New Mexico, for recovery from the trauma.

Davey
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Arixel
***SPOILER ALERT***
It's crazy how in just a second, your life can change in an instant. You might even experience pain in this just one second. Well, the pain in this book is dealing with the loss of a family member. It's extremely hard to just think, "that person isn't here anymore." In this realistic fiction book, you will see how Davey continues to live her life, although it isn't easy.I enjoyed reading this book, every bit of it. Can you really fully move on from something that happened? I
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Jonathan
Ever wondered how it feels like to lose a member of your family? In this book, Blume decribes a girl named Davey and how she managed to get on with her life after a critical incident that just occured. That day, Davey and Hugh, her boyfriend was at the backyard of her father's store making out. All of a sudden, they hear gunshots. It all happened too fast for either one of them to grab it. Ever since Davey's father was shot in the chest and killed, Davey never felt the way she does before. She f ...more
Trisha
"You have sad eyes, Tiger," he says. "A bright smile but sad eyes."

This was a very very well done story. Loss of a parent shouldn't be easy for any family. It should be messy and angry, full of secrets and tantrums and a lot of days spent NOT leaving your bed. I thought that was the best part of this book - that Davey was never perfect and she never tried to be. She didn't go through stages and she didn't handle things right.

Shuffled off to live in a strange area, Davey tries to find a new worl
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Sarah
I was a massive fan of Judy Blume as a teenager, at the time there weren't the huge range of YA books that we have now and she was one of the few writers that I could turn to when I wanted to read a book about teenagers with real problems, ones that I could relate to. Recently Judy Blume visited the UK and I got the chance to attend an event with her and I can't tell you how excited I was to meet the author who wrote some of my favourite childhood books. It had been a long time since I'd read an ...more
Cherylann
I read this book when it was first published in paperback. As someone who grew up on Judy Blume (I think I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret for the first time in 3rd grade and about 100 times after), as a teen I was excited to see something new and something age appropriate get published. I remember liking the book (but it wasn't Margaret). I've now revisited the book 30 years after publication and probably 28 years after I read it the first time. In those 28 years, I grew up, moved away ...more
Lisa Gricius
I recently came across this edition at the Ogden Farmers' Library Annual used book sale. I was filling up a dollar bag on the last day, stuffing in as much as I could(and then some)! I couldn't wait to take this beautifully scripted Dell edition with Judy's 1980's yellow and black scroll home to my daughter who is entering into the realm of young adulthood. I was so excited, informing her that this was the edition I had and that she MUST READ IT!! NOW!! And of course, I was deflated when she loo ...more
Amanda L
Oh, Judy Blume. A faggy apron. Really!?

But aside from that she deftly handles a young woman's grief and sustained growth in the wake of losing her father >>not a spoiler<<.

Even if only briefly, she astutely addresses the effect of patent-child role reversal that tends to become reality as all are confronting tragedy and the child experiences her parent's vulnerability for the first time. Overall, she handled the subject of death/grief very well and even left some issues and storyline
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Amber
I read this book when I was 13 and enjoyed the book. It was about this girl named Davey who had to move with her little brother and mom to move in with their aunt and uncle in New Mexico after her father was killed in a robbery at his store. She then meets this mysterious guy named Wolf who knows how she is feeling and tries to help her move on. I recommend this to all fans of YA. There is even a movie of this book out on DVD and it was pretty good as well but be sure to read the book first befo ...more
Katie
Picked this up at Half Price Books since it's one of those books I feel like I should've read by now. I thought it was really great. And, you know, I knew Blume touched on "scandalous" things, but I was kind of surprised anyway by the (view spoiler). My childhood was so innocent! Or at least, oblivious.
Vanessa
This book is excellent with detail and everything. I loved it!
is aout a girl that moves to another place and she meets a guy who is mysterious and she likes him
Gina (My Precious Blog)
I read plenty of Judy Blume books growing up. I don't think many people would argue against she's a talented writer. I've always enjoyed her works and Tiger Eyes is no exception. In this story Davis (Davey) for short is trying the sort through the sudden, tragic loss of her young father. He was 34 years old when his convenience store was robbed and he was shot in cold blood. In the aftermath, her family crumbles. Forced to move to another state and live with her Aunt and Uncle, the family desper ...more
Shakari
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Melanie
When I was growing up reading was highly encouraged in my household. Throughout elementary school I read a lot of Babysitter's Club, Boxcar children and Sweet Valley High Twins... I don't remember the first Judy Blume book I ever read, but I remember when her themes started to really interest me ... my sister had taken "Starring Sally J. Friedman as herself" out of the school library ... for whatever reason, it was a hot item at the place and time (even though it was mid 90's) so I couldn't wait ...more
Lisa/Bluestem Cafeohlai
Reading now, and I'm really looking forward to the movie adaptation later this year!

Wow, this was disappointing. I am going to back up first and say: J. Blume is diligent in capturing the confusion, hurt, and downright panic of a teenager who's lost a parent. In Davis' situation, it also involves having a younger brother to care for and a mother who isn't the most disciplined or resourceful. I wonder, though, if I got a "bad" copy of this book. The stories of Davis' dealings with her old and new
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Lilly Zheng
Tiger Eyes written by Judy Blume was banned because of sexual thoughts, underage drinking and loss. I don’t think that this book should have been banned because by reading this book it can help kids by teaching them how death is just part of life and one day you might have to face it so no matter what happens stand tall, why you shouldn’t have sex randomly, and what drinking can do to you. In this book Judy Blume uses opposites to show us what’s right. When people read they just read the words, ...more
Julie Ekkers
Tiger Eyes was one of my favorite books when I first encountered it as an adolescent. After reading it again, now, at least 20 years later, I am impressed at how relevant it remains. It is a powerful novel that explores universal experiences with grace, wisdom, and a seeming simplicity that in no way diminishes the enormity or complexity of the themes with which it is concerned.

Tiger Eyes is the story of a 15-year-old girl, Davey, whose father is shot in a hold-up of his Atlantic City 7-Eleven s
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Rebecca
Oh man, I haven't added nearly any Judy Blume to my Goodreads! I read this when I was also obsessed with rocks, and tiger's eye was one of my favs, so I TOTALLY got what her eyes looked like, and felt like I connected with Davey even deeper. The loss of her father and her first romances felt especially poignant to me at the time, too, as I was just getting into teen books that had these topics. Or maybe it was only Judy that wrote these things, and that is why we love(d) her.
Kellee
Wow.

Judy Blume is probably known as the best YA author around and this book is argued to be her best, so I knew I was jumping into something good; however, I didn't know how good. The way Judy Blume is able to put so much pack in a little punch is amazing.

Tiger Eyes is centered around one of the most horrific things I can imagine- a violent crime against a loved one. But that is exactly what Davey has to deal with. She has lost her father so suddenly and the grief is overwhelming. As a reader,
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Deborah
Davey's father is killed in a hold-up in a convenient store they own beneath the house they live in. She and her mother and younger brother, Jason are invited to travel to Aunt Bitsy's and Uncle Walter's house in New Mexico to help recover from their loss and to get their lives back together. Here Davey is befriended by a young man nicknamed Wolf who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears. In 2012 this book was made into a movie. Judy Blume's son Lawrence wrote the screen ...more
Carrie
Carrie Ackerson
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Davey Wexler’s dad has been murdered. Nobody knows who did it, but what if the killer comes back?

Davey can’t deal with this, so when an aunt and uncle offer her family a holiday with them in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Davey’s mom agrees. As the holiday stretches into an entire school year, Davey makes new friends and her mother gets a marriage proposal. When Davey’s new friend Wolf loses his own father to cancer, both Davey and her mother find enough cl
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Sayantan Dasgupta
It's a really simple tale. You will be left with so many questions after finishng the book. There's nothing extra in the book. But still, this is what I call a light read.
Raevyn ~I Stand For Jesus~
Great book, but very sad, and there are some questions left at the end. I love how matter-of-fact the writing is.
Linda Bassett
I read this book again in anticipation of the movie opening next week. Judy Blume is one of my childhood favorites. I love how she portrays young teenage girls so honestly in all their complicated and confused glory. I will be very disappointed if the movie takes the story out of the time in which the book is set. It is an integral part of Davey's journey of growing and healing. A sweet story of a girl finding herself and her voice as she struggles through sudden loss and change without anyone t ...more
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