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The Tiger Rising

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  14,351 Ratings  ·  1,782 Reviews
The National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE - now in paperback

Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger - a real-life, very large tiger - pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Candlewick Press (first published 2001)
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Lisa Mcbroom To me the Tiger was a metaphor for Rob's bottled up feelings and issues not dealt with. When they freed the tiger Rob became more open!
Ally It's fiction in some parts and realistic fiction in others.

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Apr 06, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidbooks
Sometimes when I pick a read-aloud for my students I have one student in mind who I hope it touches. I was surprised by who connected to this short sad story. Beatriz is not my class star. She is not a trouble maker or time-taker either. She loved this book and today as I finished it and we spent sometime reflecting on it she surprised me by being the one student who really got that this story isn't really about a tiger. They key word in the title is actually "rising".
This book is the first rea
Oct 12, 2014 karen rated it liked it
this author probably gives out prunes to kids on halloween. this is the second of her books i have read, and it's another depressing one. it's true, both of them end on sortof upbeat themes like the redemptive power of love (once you are so broken and disfigured it's almost not even worth it) or the liberating feeling of overcoming grief (after so much death and senseless destruction that no one really cares about your tiny feelings) so yeah - little happy afterthoughts. but they are hardly a ...more
The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 The Rusty Key rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: EVERYONE aged twelve and up, both boys and girls. There are some adult themes, and mild, but poignant violence, which will probably be more affecting to those over twenty than the younger set, who might not feel its full force.

One Word Summary: Radiant

Oh Kate, you’ve done it again. The words ‘Kate DiCamillo’ are becoming more than just a name, but a state of being. If you’re feeling a little ‘Kate DiCamillo’, chances are you’re a b
Cathy Costello
Jul 09, 2011 Cathy Costello rated it it was ok
I’ve read several of Kate DiCamillo’s novels, and I use two of them with my students. I was hoping that The Rising Tiger would be one that I could add to my repertoire, but I’m afraid that I really didn’t care for it. I found the characters to be underdeveloped. I know that Rob and his father have suffered through a tragedy, but I didn’t learn much more about them beyond that. As a result, I didn’t really bond with them. I felt the same way about Sistine. She’s a flashy character in the way she ...more
Aug 19, 2009 Kyra rated it did not like it
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May 24, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing
The Tiger Rising is the story of two very sad and broken children, and how they are saved by a tiger, but not at all in the way you would expect. This story broke my heart. There's something about the way DiCamillo writes that touches my deepest emotions. I don't know if I can explain how or why, but it's as if I feel the stories, instead of reading them. It's some strange retro-childhood cathartic experience that makes me want to cry myself clean, as if my child-tears could wash away all the st ...more
Nathan Helton
Sep 11, 2013 Nathan Helton rated it it was amazing
The tiger rising is a great book that shows how rob goes through all of these events with a tiger.He meets a girl named Sistine.Rob keeps all of his emotions down and feelings down ,but Sistine puts them out their for the whole entire world to see.When rob has to make a decision to let the tiger go or just to let it be.And if he does let it go what will happen to it?
Dec 28, 2010 melmarian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Pernahkah kau merasa seperti menyimpan seekor harimau di dalam hatimu?

Mungkin ada beberapa dari kita yang pernah atau masih menyimpan 'harimau' di dalam hatinya. Harimau itu bisa berupa kesedihan, kemarahan, kepahitan, pemberontakan, dan berbagai macam lagi yang terus dipendam dalam hati sampai berkarat, dan akhirnya menyedot sisa kehidupan yang kita miliki.

The Tiger Rising mengisahkan seorang anak lelaki, Rob Horton, yang berjuang melawan kesedihannya karena ditinggal ibunda tercinta. Rob sam
Mar 30, 2008 Waffle...♥ rated it really liked it
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Leah Jay
Sep 04, 2015 Leah Jay rated it it was amazing
Of course I am going to give this five stars, it's by my favorite author. But if I could, I might have given it a 4. 8, just because it might have been my least favorite of her books.

What I really like about this story is that there is a lot of character development in this book, with very important life lessons.

I also related to Rob in away I've never related to a character before: his itchy legs. My entire life I have never been able to stop the scratching. No medicine, no
Bunga Mawar
Dec 14, 2009 Bunga Mawar rated it liked it
Moral cerita:
1. Jadilah penyayang binatang... yang tahu kalau ada seekor harimau dilepas di daerah pemukiman di mana masyarakatnya jarang melihat hewan ini berkeliaran bebas, harimau itu pasti akan mengejutkan banyak orang. Dan akan ada yang terluka saat berhadapan dengannya. Sebaiknya hubungi nomor kebun binatang atau BKSDA terdekat biar mereka yang mengurusnya. Atau panggil pedagang hewan langka profesional. Serahkan pada ahlinya. Jangan sok tahu.

2. Melampiaskan perasaan marah, benci, atau cin
Joy Lee
Jan 28, 2016 Joy Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2016
윈딕시를 읽고 나서 케이트 디카밀로의 책들에 관심이 생겨 연이어 읽고 있습니다.

타이거 라이징은 평범하게 진행되는 듯한 면 속에서도 마음에 남는 대목들이 있어서 favorite으로 꼽게 되었어요..

주인공 롭이 머무는 모텔에서 객실 청소를 하는 아줌마는 롭의 친구 시슬리의 말을 빌자면 마치 예언자인 것 마냥

사람의 내면이나 상황을 꿰뚫어 보고 그로 인해 결과로 나타난 문제 행동이나 증상들을 읽어냅니다.

그리고 서로 절친이 된 롭과 시슬리를 보며 이 둘이 친구로 엮어지게 된 일이 신에 의한 것이 아니겠냐고 지나가듯 이야기합니다.

슬픔에 마음 속 깊이 가둬 놓고 있는 롭과 분노에 갇힌 시슬리가 서로 친구가 됨이 신이 하신 일이라구요...

사람의 만남에는 우연처럼 보이지만 이런 필연이 있는것 같다고 느끼게 되는 순간...

여러 생각들이 머리 속에 떠올랐습니다..

그리고 이미 제게 주신 만남들에 감사하게 되었구요...

살면서 슬픔과 분노를 느끼지 않을 수는 없지만 그런 자신의 아픔 속에서

또다른 아픔을 가
Jan 01, 2015 Nikoleta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realist
Άλλο ένα δυνατό έργο απο την Dicamillo. Αυτή τη φορά ασχολήθηκε με το ζήτημα bulling στα σχολεία και πως αυτό το χειρίζονται τα ίδια τα θύματα. Η γλώσσα που χρησιμοποίησε είναι απλή, η αφήγηση ρεαλιστική παρόλα αυτά καθόλη τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης υπάρχει διάχυτη μία έντονη μελαγχολία. Χρησιμοποίησε το συμβολισμό της τίγρης για να αναδείξει τα θαμμένα συναισθήματα των ηρώων κάτι που θα μπορούσε να είναι όμορφο και να σε αγγίξει αν ίσως η διήγηση κρατούσε λίγες παραπάνω σελίδες, διότι εμένα με ...more
Aayush Ajith
Oct 17, 2016 Aayush Ajith rated it really liked it
Rob keeps his suitcase closed and only when he talks to sistine his suitcase opens
Apr 14, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
After the death of his mother, Rob Horton and his father, Robert moved from Jacksonville to a small town in Florida to get a fresh start. Unfortunately for them Lester, FL is not very kind to newcomers. Sistine Bailey, also new to town reluctantly befriends Rob despite her great desire to get back to Philadelphia with her father. When Rob is asked to stay home from school due to the rash on his legs, he happily takes to assisting his father with work at the hotel they are temporarily living in. ...more

I should preface this by saying that I usually love Kate DiCamillo. Although the book was very short, the characters were well developed. Here's the kicker for me: it read like a school book. Let's all talk about the tiger's death and whether it had to happen. Should Rob have done anything differently? etc. The setting is a little strange, almost like the book is set in a bubble. I don't mind this-- it gives it a timeless quality that many classic children's books have-- but it makes
Baylee Burton
Dec 14, 2013 Baylee Burton rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised how much the story grabbed me in the beginning. I could connect and feel the emotions, with the main character Rob Horton. The story line kept me wanting me to read more.. This book would be good for readers who like mysteries. It keeps you guessing.

The story takes place in Florida. Rob the main character is dealing with issues with his mother dying, and Sistene, who has problems dealing with people. Rob and Sistene get to know each other at the motel. Both of them wanted
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Kate DiCamillo is a magical writer and she sure writes a lot about animals so far I know there was mice, an elephant, a rabbit, a dog, and I think there was some pigs too that she written about.

I am using this book as part of the Dare to Dream's Autumn 2012 Reading Challenge. The Tiger Rising will meet the task of reading a book with a yellow and/or orange cover because there is orange on the tiger, yellow on the title words and yellow on Sistine's hair :-)

This was a nice, simple, and powerful s
Aug 04, 2014 Aura rated it it was amazing
After reading Edward Tulane, Despereaux and Winn Dixie, my expectation s of DiCamillo were so high I feared I was going to be disappointed with Tiger Rising. Well, I was surprised again by a novel for children that touches an adult as though it was written for me. This deeply emotional story about a boy who finds a caged tiger in the unlikely place of North Florida woods. The cage tiger symbolizes the deep pain he and everyone has bottled inside of them. Beautiful allegorical novel that I will ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Feeling good about your life, were you? Feeling like you had things under control and maybe even stabilized? This book is a good depression simulator. One day everything is fine and the next your mother dies, you move, your father emotionally retreats, you live in a dump, you meet angry girl with just as many issues, your father's boss is a sleaze, you get beat up on the bus, you have a disgusting disease on your legs that gets you evicted from school, you have little or no food to eat. There is ...more
Elizabeth Lamorte-wright
May 22, 2015 Elizabeth Lamorte-wright rated it it was amazing
I am not in the habit of reading elementary level books, but the fifth grade class I'm currently student-teaching is reading it, and I was intrigued. This is an incredibly beautiful story. It offers an excellent discussion on grief and loss in a way that children (or anyone) can really relate to. I totally cried in front of a class of 11 year olds when I finished it. A great choice for middle-level readers.
Aaron Wallace
Aug 03, 2014 Aaron Wallace rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a awsome book and it was very well written.It was a little hard to figure out that they were in florida.But over all great book.This is one of the best books i have ever read
Isabella Cuevas
Jun 11, 2015 Isabella Cuevas rated it really liked it
I liked it because the book was very described by that i mean you can really picture what was going on.
Dondee Gocongg
Feb 22, 2016 Dondee Gocongg rated it liked it
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Garrett Dudley
Feb 29, 2016 Garrett Dudley rated it it was amazing
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Joey Oborne
Oct 14, 2016 Joey Oborne rated it liked it
Good book!!!
Nov 04, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok
Whenever a major personal tragedy occurs, such as the death of a parent or other very close loved one, it can divide one's life into two distinct segments: everything before the tragedy, and then all that follows after it. Even if one releases one's grief as healthily as possible that mental division is likely to remain, but moving forward into some semblance of healing isn't really a possibility until those initial raw, uncontrollable feelings of despair are allowed to find an outlet. This is ...more
Long Long
Sep 22, 2016 Long Long rated it it was amazing
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Sep 16, 2011 Tripp added it
Shelves: scarlett
From Scarlett's bookshelf, this National Book Award Finalist is a close third person narration, with occasional dips into omniscience. Rob Horton and his father have moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Lister, Florida in an attempt to get some distance from the cancer death of Caroline, Rob's mother. It's been six months, and Rob is picked on by bullies at school. He keeps all his emotions in an imaginary suitcase that he never allows to open.

The novel opens with him seeing a caged tiger in the
Mar 10, 2014 Charity rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This was a nice, quick audiobook for my kids and me to listen to on the way to and from the doctor's office this past week. (That sounds more ominous than it is. It was just an annual checkup at a doctor's office that's a good distance away along a route that's very trafficky. Not that most people reading this review care much about the details of our physical health, but I do have family members who read these reviews sometimes and I don't want to scare anyone. So, don't worry, Mom...we're all ...more
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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