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The Tiger Rising

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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
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Published (first published 2001)
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karen
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
Megan
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
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The Rusty Key
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
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Cathy Costello
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
Kyra
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melmarian
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
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Waffle...♥
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Stacey
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
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?
Bunga Mawar
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
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Alyssa Prater
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
Elizabeth Lamorte-wright
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.
Frances
**spoilers**

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
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Baylee Burton
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
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Nikoleta
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
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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
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Aura
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 n ...more
Riley Peters
I read this book for my schools English class. So during Silent Sustained Reading every week, I would pull out the Tiger Rising and read. For me, I did not really find much interest in reading. I never have liked to read just for fun, but when I picked up The Tiger Rising to read I would always find myself lost in the book. This book wasn't even about a subject I find interest in. I did not know what it was about the book but I kept finding myself loving the book. There was never a dull moment. ...more
Josh Frimpong
This book is an decent book. It's kind of a boring read but the lessons learned through the book make it worth it. The book will help people who are dealing with being different or bullied. It teaches that no matter how deep your sadness is or how much you get bullied there are other people like that too. You just got to keep moving forward and find your reason to live. Everyone has a purpose and all you have to do is find it. Another lesson you can learn from the book is that you shouldn't trus ...more
Charity
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
Penny
Three-and-a-half stars.

Kate DiCamillo is so great at writing stories for adults in the guise of children's literature. Tiger Rising is no exception.

Here is a story about young Rob, his newfound friend Sistine and a caged tiger he discovers in the forrest. Rob and Sistine have both recently lost a parent -- Rob's mom died and Sistine's father has gone off to make another life with his secretary. Rob's way to handle his loss, sadness and confusion is to put all those feelings in a suitcase and kee
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Jessica Cain
Summary and Critique:
DiCamillo writes the unlikely story of a boy finding a tiger in the woods and simultaneously meeting a girl who pushes him to explore his feelings. The two children meet on the common ground of family trouble. Rob who meets the tiger finds that the tiger triggers all sorts of different magic into his life. This book is about the consequences of escape, the story has a lot of symbolism in it as well as emotions that the reader can relate to. I really enjoyed this book not on
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Aaron Wallace
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
Josiah
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
Kathy Roderer
The Tiger Rising is a complex book, rich in fascinating characters, an unlikely situation, and symbolism. Rob Horton, whose mother died, has moved with his father to another town in Florida, where they are temporarily staying in a motel until his father finds work. Rob buries his deep sadness “in a suitcase” and strives to never let it out. He comes to know a friend, Sistine, who also is new to town and is wrestling with her own personal and family issues. Whereas Rob is struggling with grief an ...more
Alan
ATOS Book Level: 4.0
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 3.0
Lexile: 520L
Word Count: 19369

A story of two children suffering from loss. Rob lived at the Kentucky Star Motel, he had lived there, with his dad, since shortly after his mother had died. He is trying to survive his new school where he is harassed on the bus daily by the Threeemonger brothers, Norton and Billy. He's made fun of by the other kids because of a skin condition on his legs. Life is lonely and without tears. Rob ha
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Lesly
This book is about a boy name Rob that lives in a house with his father. Rob doesn’t have any siblings and robs mother past away. Rob was really hurt when his mother died. Now that he only lives with his dad, his dads makes him tough, work, and go to school. One day Rob goes to school and meets a girl name Sistine. Rob and Sistine eventually became good friends. One day Rob was waking around his house and met up with the guy that owns the place where he lives. The man asks him for a favor, to fe ...more
Tripp
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
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Liz
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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.

Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After
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