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Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High #1)

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After a car accident kills Robert, Andy's best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn't know if he can go on. He's consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident after a long evening of drinking and partying. With perceptiveness and compassion, Sharon M. Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in th ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 1994)
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Charniece
"Tears of a Tiger is one of my favorite books. It’s about a boy who blames himself for the death of his best friend after a basketball game. From the very beginning it had me hooked. The book had me in tears within the first couple of pages. This continued through out the book, like an emotional roller coaster. I Loved the plot of the story because it was realistic and their was no story book ending. The author did an amazing job of writting the story and planning out the plot, the plot was ama ...more
Kirsten
Another YA novel for class. This concerns Andy, who is trying to overcome depression in the aftermath of a terrible car accident that claimed the life of his best friend. Andy was driving drunk, and while he escaped unscathed, his best friend was trapped in the wreckage and burned to death.

I'm not hugely enthusiastic about this novel. It's definitely a "problem" novel, designed to teach kids something, in this case both about drunk driving and depression. It is told almost entirely in dialog, wh
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Laura Anne
This story really is told in a cool way because it incorporates all different genres. It begins with a newspaper article saying that a high school student was killed while his friend was driving drunk the night before. Then the author uses conversations, letters, journals, homework assignments to talk about how the driver (Andy) how his friends either cope and heal or drown in grief. I really enjoyed Tears of a Tiger and thought it gave a good perspective of what life is like for teens after suc ...more
Alla
This book was about a boy named Andy, trying to live through life normally the way when his best friend was still alive. His best friend died in Andy's car while it was burning up in to flames. Things might of been better for Andy if he didn't see his best friends death, but now he has to forget about the past, and live his present while it lasts for a while.
Allegra
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Sandy Wang
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Krista Stevens
My students rave about this book - though they love it more than I did. Many of them read it in middle school - high-interest, also good for struggling/reluctant readers.

The format threw me, which is odd since I generally like "outside the box" formatting, but the dashes before each new speaker in the dialogue instead of quotation marks and speaker identification clues, just made my head hurt. My students did not, however, have any problem with it. Must be an old teacher/reader thing.

This is als
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Eva Leger
May 12, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young teens
Recommended to Eva by: found it on a friends list
This can be a very powerful book for the right reader. I think if I had read this as a pre-teen/younger teen it would have done a lot more for me.
I definitely liked the way Draper wrote the book, she wrote it using a series of essay assignments, poems, letters to friends, conversations between friends and the young characters and their parents, news articles, etc. That's different than a lot of books today and I enjoyed the difference.
The most powerful part for me was the very end, Monty's let
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Mekhi Rosa

Andy Jackson and three other friends had just won an important basketball game at their local high school. They planed to get together and go and party with friends. They had started drinking, every body except for B.J. who had never drunk in his life. They heard cars honking, but just laughed and blew it off because of the alcohol. All of a sudden, a wall is in front of them and before they know it, they slammed right into to it. Three of the boys get out, but Robert Washington caption of the H
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Veronica
Alright, So this book is good, for what it is. It tries to throw in everything that a traumatic high school story can have: Therapy, Drunk Driving, Relationships, death, suicide, etc...
That being said, the quality of writing leaves something to be desired. There are major inconsistencies with the quality. It will feel very organic one page, and the next page will feel like one of those "after school special" clips students are forced to watch in health class.
The multi-genre aspect of writing i
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Tyler Graham
This book is about a boy named Andrew who has driven his friends partying while drunk and had crash all of the boys got out except for one.......Robert......,.. He got stuck and they all watched him die. But Andrew took the pain the most he had felt a lot of depression, pain, and sadness. He couldn't help live with all of this pain that held him down so had a choice to not feel it anymore. He committed sucide with his fathers shotgun..... After this all of his friends felt even more sad not just ...more
Karen
This book is the sequal Sharon's Forged by Fire. At the end of Forged by Fire, a car crash has taken place with the protagonist's friends because of intoxication. One of their buddies ends up dying, Robert Washington, and the protagonist of Tears of a Tiger, Andrew Jackson blames himself for his best friend's death, especially since he was the one behind the weel.

The story goes of Andrew's overwhelming guilt and his attempt to cope with the blame and depression. As time goes by, everyone seems t
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Dramane
This book is about a kid who killed one of his friends and feels guilty about it. He does a lot to try to help him self but he just can not. hr tries talking to a friend going to a theropis and still he can not get over it. then something happens with his girl friend and then he tries to get even more help but he can't. It is not working as well as he wanted it to be. later on in this book he does something terribley wrong.

This connects to me because i once had the same thing happen to me. i fel
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Vanessa
This is one of my favorite books. I read it one summer when I was in middle school and have proceed to re-read many times. The author tells the story through a variety of genres such as conversations, newspaper articles, notes, letters, etc. which right away makes it unique. Through this different forms you come to learn about the characters more deeply. The subject matter is tough but important for young people. I must confess that I haven't read the other two (its part I of a triology) but its ...more
Heather
I read this book with my freshmen for the first time this year. We definitely didn't like it as much as Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High, #2)  by Sharon M. Draper, but the kids liked it enough to ask if there was another book that comes after it. The book is about a depressed teenager who accidentally killed his friend. The book was ok. The characters are somewhat flat, the plot is predictable, and the author gave too many unnecessary details at times. But the kids liked it, so I will probably read it again next year :)
Alex Allaico
"Tears of a Tigers" is a really good book connected in real lives that usually happens with teenagers and adults, cases that sometime you need help or someone you can count on. The situation and the relationship between friends and family sometimes take many actions that really is a problem even though you loss a member of you family or friends. Blaming yourself will make you feel alienated or guilty for the things doesn't suppose to happen.
Myles Messner
In Tears Of a Tiger, Sharon M. Draper tells the story of a highschool tragedy. Robert Washington, captain of the basketball team and senior in highschool with college scouts watching his every game, went for a joyride after their big basketball win and got into a car accident. He was with 4 other friends and the driver was driving under the influence. The driver, Andy Jackson, can't forgive himself. He is turning himself away from family and friends and is becoming depressed. He can't live with ...more
Ellie123
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Kevin
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Paige
May 16, 2014 Paige added it
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The book "Tears of a Tiger" is a very good book, it includes characters that you become emotionally attached to as you read the book. It is very engrossing and some nights you will find yourself awake at two in the morning just to get to the next chapter, which I have done and I can say I have no regrets for doing that. The book is very climactic and it is filled with suspense and full of surprises that you would not even expect to be there because they literally come out of nowhere! This book h ...more
Ryan Pomerenke
“Tears of a Tiger” is story about a 17 year old boy named Andy Jackson. One night after a basketball game, Andy and some of his friends decide they are going to have a few beers and drive around town. After a while, the driver, Andy, accidentally crashes the car, killing his best friend, Rob. Andy and his other two friends were physically fine after the crash, but the three were mentally and emotionally shaken up. This book shows how Andy and his friends try to deal with the terrible outcome of ...more
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Valerie Doherty
ALA quick pick for young adults' fiction about a high school student involved in a drunk driving accident. Written in multiple points of view and conversational narrative style, this book tackles the difficult topic of teen suicide in a meaningful way that could speak to a targeted audience. The author taught English in a high school for 25 years. A reader can discern her expertise through the book's character development and dialogue. High interest topics and moderate language level may appeal ...more
Valerie Mondschein
I thought that this was a very good book. I thought that it was interesting to see what you feel like after having accidentally killing your best friend in a car accident. Andy had changed from being careless and always having fun to being serious and caring about everything. He would wonder "why", but nobody ever had the answer. The author made me understand how hard life now was for Andy and his friends. He would meet with a consoler who would tell him that he was always there for him if he ne ...more
Madison
The book Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper is an intreging multi-genre novel. The main characters in the book are Andy, Rob, and Keisha. Andy is a teen who like to drink but then got into a traumatic car crash. Rob was the team caption of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team. Keisha is Andy`s girlfriend and she is always there for him. On the night of the crash after the basketball game Andy and all the guys decide to go drink then drive. Then they crashed into the guard rails and everyone got o ...more
michelle27001
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Zach Volz
The book “Tears of a Tiger” is about a kid named Andy who was out with his buddies one night after a game and they were drinking. Andy and his friends were driving around in his car and all of a sudden they got into a car accident. The car bursts into flames and his friend doesn’t make it out alive. Andy feels terrible about his friend’s death and thinks that it should have been him that died, not his friend. He does a lot to try to help himself but whatever he does doesn’t seem to work. He trie ...more
Melinda
Oh man - I feel terrible about this, but I just reeeaaaallly didn't like this book. I think this if one of those YA books that is just meant to be read by actual YAs. I get why they love it, I do - it's a classic problem novel of the highest order, with the added bonus of an unconventional format (letters, conversations, poems, etc... which, btw, I almost universally loathe as a format choice). But the characters were wildly inconsistent and unbelievable, and their voices seemed out-of-date even ...more
Kathy
this book is called tears of a tiger and the book was really amazing.

the book is about aboy named andy who blames himself for killing his best friend rob washington the night they won a game at school. they were drinking so they wernt really paying attention. andy wasdrunk asso were the rest of his freinds except for bj he never drinks but he doesnt havea lisence sohe couldnt drive. andy was driving them home when all of the sudden a wall comes out of nowhere, andy was trying to press the breaks
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Deasia Keiahjanae G.
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“Do you know what courage is? I guess you don't. Do you know that the courage it took at that moment - to actually blow yourself away - was more than enough courage to keep on living?” 26 likes
“Go ahead and cry, Andy. Don't be afraid of those tears. Sometimes they help to wash the soul clean.” 24 likes
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