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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 the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.

Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes tha
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Published August 9th 2011 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 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
May 19, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2008 Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2008 Audra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2015 Arixel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***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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Trisha
Jan 23, 2015 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jonathan
Aug 21, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-grades
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
Amber
Feb 18, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Liz Fichera
Jun 16, 2013 Liz Fichera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless story. A teen dealing with love and loss told in a very authentic voice. The secondary characters were equally as authentic. A very relatable story, regardless of age.
Genevieve Chao
Dec 02, 2015 Genevieve Chao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel, “Tiger Eyes” by Judy Blume is a great book about how deal with something tragic and move on.I chose this book because I read the back and it sounded like a good story.
Davey, a high school girl from Atlantic City, New Jersey has just lost her father because he was shot when managing his store. Her mom, her brother, and her move temporarily to New Mexico to live with her aunt and uncle. One day Davey goes to a canyon to get her mind off things. While in the canyon she meets a boy name
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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
Jul 12, 2012 Lisa Gricius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
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
Lesley
I remember reading this when I was 12 or 13 yrs old. Read this now for my 50 state challenge for new mexico. AS a preteen/teenager loved the Judy Blume books. As an adult reading it, it is definitely written for a younger reader but good story of death, loss, and new beginnings!
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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Gabby
Sep 03, 2015 Gabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first Judy Bloom’s Tiger Eyes felt like a whirlwind of teenage feelings I couldn’t keep up with. One moment she was painfully grieving her father’s death, the next kissing a boy and running away from him even though she liked him for reasons I was unclear about, and finally offering a little too much information, such as there being a puddle of sweat piling in her bra, or that the vitamin the doctor gave her turned her urine green. I had to put it down for a couple of days after reading about ...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.
Loulou
Jan 07, 2016 Loulou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Moving from Atlantic City to Los Alamos, New Mexico. Seventeen-year-old Davey, whose father is killed in a hold up at his store, is forced to move with her mom and younger brother to a new town, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Since Davey is lost with this new environment with no friends, a new school, etc... she feels lost and alone. Then she meets Wolf, a Native American, who likes climbing and exploring the canyons. I didn't like this book a lot even though such a senseless crime happens in ...more
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
Hope Nisiewicz
Apr 06, 2016 Hope Nisiewicz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting but sad story. It was a really fast read and I started and finished it during the ELA's. It was a really sad story about a girl named Davey and how she overcame her father dying. I loved how along the way she runs into struggles like her disrespectful uncle and her mom not getting involved in their life. I definitely would recommend this book to someone who likes a fictional book that is also some what sad. After reading this book I also watched the movie and it was a ...more
Kelly Hager
Oct 19, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of Judy Blume's major books that I haven't read. (I don't know how I missed so many when I was growing up.)

This is such an interesting book and there's a lot going on. After Davey's father was murdered, the family moves to New Mexico and her mom emotionally checks out for a while. Davey's aunt and uncle are taking care of her and her little brother now and they are...well, "overprotective" is putting it mildly. (Although it cracks me up a little that one of the examples of them
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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
May 22, 2010 Shakari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melanie
Mar 29, 2010 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2012 Lilly Zheng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2012 Julie Ekkers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen
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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