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Tiger's Fall

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A feisty little girl learns that physical disability can't limit her ability to make a difference.

Lupe loves nothing better than riding her father's horse, El Diablo. Fearless and agile, she rampages around her rural village in Mexico like a tigrilla (little tiger), which is her father's nickname for her. But one day Lupe falls while climbing a tree. Paralyzed from the wai
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Miriam
Lupe, the oldest child of farmers, is an active child who works and plays hard. When she falls from a tree and is paralyzed from the waist down, her family is ruined by the medical bills and the treatment doesn't even help. When she almost dies from infection, her parents send her to a special "village" where disabled people live together and help one another.

Although Lupe is fictional, the PROJIMO is a real center in Western Mexico. Sadly, it is in an area rife with drug smuggling and violence.
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Michele Knott
Most books about characters with a disability for middle graders are about how a character that is born with a disability over comes it. This book instead shows the struggle of being able bodied and then becoming disabled. The character has to fight through all the emotions and not only try harder but forget what it's like to be able to do some of these things. I like that the author didn't wrap the ending up into a neat package. Some things get resolved, but not all. I also liked the setting - ...more
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Tiger’s Fall by Molly Bang – 3rd grade and up – Inspiring, beautiful, upsetting book about a little girl who has a terrible accident and has to figure out how to help herself and her family.
Amanda Roddey
Tiger's Fall by Molly Bang

Bang, Molly (2001) New York, New York: Henry Holt and Co.
Target Audience: 5th-7th

Lupe begins the story as a fearless character who happens to have a tragic accident leaving her with a life-threatening infection and paralyzing her from the waist down. Due to this new disability, she is heartbroken and self-loathing as she is also brought to live in a center for disabled people. The people in the village show her and help her to see that they can still live a happy and fu
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Kristina Denny-sink
The author is very straight to the point. It is based off a real place in Mexico. It reminds me of the story Pollyanna.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was a good description of someone with a handicap set in another country. Readers may appreciate that other countries may not have health care facilties conveniently located as we do in this country.
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