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The Tiger Rising

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  15,452 Ratings  ·  1,906 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!
Sydney Because of Winn Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Desperaux, Ramie Nightangle, the Mercy Watson series, the Bink and Gollie…moreBecause of Winn Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Desperaux, Ramie Nightangle, the Mercy Watson series, the Bink and Gollie series, and Flora and Ulysses.(less)

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Mar 12, 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
Aug 09, 2009 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 ba ...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
Aug 19, 2009 Kyra rated it did not like it
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Cathy Costello
Jul 08, 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
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?
Alexis Steven
Estuvo bien, sin embargo, el libro claramente, desde un principio, busca conmover al lector y tratar de tocar su corazón, no está mal que lo haga, pero la intención es tan clara que resulta forzada. Tiene un inicio rápido y un final precipitado. Creo que la autora se inclina por este tipo de libros, cortos pero con peso, y está bien, solo que no siempre resulta adecuado, como en este caso. Toca un tema fuerte de una manera nerviosa y rápida, lo cual no permite que el lector conecte con la fue
Dec 13, 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
Jan 08, 2008 Waffle...♥ rated it really liked it
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Leah Bird
Jul 22, 2015 Leah Bird 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
Nov 21, 2015 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
Oct 28, 2016 Lulu added it
this book is good
Dondee Gocongg
Oct 07, 2015 Dondee Gocongg rated it liked it
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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
May 21, 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.
Maile Adams
I thought this book was very interesting. It had a lot of unexpected things in the book that I would not have expected. For me, this book was kind of hard to understand. One thing would lead to the next and sometimes I would just get lost in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in action books.

This book was about a boy named Rob who was wandering along in the forest one day and spotted a tiger in a cage. That same day he met this girl who happened to be in the forest as we
Kris Marley Patrick
Jul 03, 2017 Kris Marley Patrick rated it really liked it
A book that gets better with each reading.

Now that I know Kate DiCamillo's process, I appreciate her work that much more. She rewrites each draft from memory!

Leslie Smith
Jan 07, 2017 Leslie Smith rated it it was ok
Kate DiCamillo is a talented writer. I have at least four of her books, and always manage to find myself sucked into her stories; all of them except for this one. I debated writing this review for a few reasons. One was that as a 20 year-old adult I do not feel that I should have much input on children's novels. They aren't geared towards me, and any book that encourages a child to read is a good book. However, here I am, weighing in on this book and a few of the troupes I found within.

The story
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
Jaden Nelson
I read this as a sort of fill-in book (waiting for a book I ordered) and I thought it was ok, but quite bland and a little unimpressive with the symbolism I was expecting, but of course I have to keep in mind this is a children's s book. Overall, not one of the best children's books I've read, but would recommend younger kids read it just to try it.
Megan Davis
Aug 24, 2015 Megan Davis rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for what it was. A quiet, melancholy look at life, love, and grief from the perspective of a child. Some complain that it's too sad, but it's meant to be sad. Get over it. Life is sad. Sometimes we learn to love more for having been hurt. And some people relate best to the entire world from the standpoint of sadness. If you don't, and you don't understand it, go read Mary Poppins.

I liked the two children who were thrown together. I liked how Sistine was not polite to Rob, sh
Jul 03, 2012 Liza rated it really liked it
DiCamillo, K. (2001). The Tiger Rising. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Gr. 4-6. Rob and his father are starting a new life in Florida. One day, walking in the forest behind the motel they live in, Rob discovers a caged tiger; he tries to keep it a secret, but just can’t keep it to himself. When he meets Sistine, the two become friends and devise a plan for freeing the tiger – after all, nothing that beautiful can stay caged forever.
Curriculum: This is a good book to use to talk about symbolism.

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
Sep 09, 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
Nov 17, 2014 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 ά ...more
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
Ryan Mac
My local public radio station raves about Kate DiCamillo's books so I thought that I would give one a try when I saw it in the downloadable audiobook section. This was a nice little book about a young boy dealing with the death of his mother and the decision of his father to move to Florida. Rob is bullied at school and still grieving from the loss of his mother when he meets another new student at school--Sistine and finds a live tiger in a cage behind the hotel where he lives.

EDIT: Read again
Jul 22, 2009 Kristy rated it really liked it
I read this YA novel in a book club with other teachers from my school. Though it has been a looong time since I have delved into the world of YA, I have to say that this was an incredible way to get back into it. It is the story of a lonely boy named Rob, whose mom died 6 months earlier. First he finds a tiger, and then he meets a mysterious new friend named Sistine ("like the chapel," she says). The two of them, with help from a wise old woman, learn how to let go of their respective sadness.

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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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