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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,012 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Two tiger cub brothers are torn from the jungle and taken to Rome. The stronger cub is trained as a killer at the Coliseum. Emperor Caesar makes a gift of the smaller cub to his beautiful daughter, Aurelia. Sheadores her cub, Boots. Julius, a young animal keeper, teaches Aurelia how to earn Boots's trust. Boots is pampered while his brother, known as Brute, lives in the co ...more
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Published March 25th 2009 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published 2004)
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Feb 24, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages ten and up
I really enjoyed this book! It is historical fiction set in Rome around 3rd century AD. Two tiger cubs are captured and brought to Rome. One is given to the emperor's daughter to be raised as her pampered pet. The other brother is taught to be a vicious man-eating fighter at the Colosseum. While there is description of the gladiators and animals slaughtering each other, there is also innocent, forbidden love between the princess and a slave. It demonstrates the social structure of Rome very vivi ...more
This was historical fiction for kids. I could see my girls loving this if they were younger....princesses and tigers for pets. They would eat that up. This was a story of 2 tigers (brothers) and the different lives they led once they were captured. One was a pampered pet, the other was sent to fight for entertainment. The ending was not just a little vague, but a lot vague. For being a kids book, I would think it would have been wrapped up a little neater. Just sayin'. I would have been bombarde ...more
I thought this was a decent YA book set in Ancient Rome. The beginning was a bit slow and I considered putting it aside. However, it is a short book so I decided to continue. I'm glad I did. The second half of the book was much more interesting to me.

I do recommend this book to anyone that likes YA and is interested in Roman stories and the Coliseum. I felt bad for the animals in the book and their were some mildly gory parts, as you would imagine. If you are very sensitive to animal cruelty or
Carolyn  C.
Feb 24, 2010 Carolyn C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone - if children, older
Recommended to Carolyn by: Cori
Listened to this book on c/!! The reader was fabulous!! I had the opportunity to visit the coliseum in Rome and reading this historical novel about the "entertainment" that went on in this arena was nothing short of amazing!! People are just down right bloodhthirsty...back in the time of ancient Rome and I'm sorry to say today also (look at TV and movies now!!). Although written for youth, the author did not sugar-coat the brutality of the "circus." Personally, it pretty much broke my hea ...more
Colleen Houck
Loved this book. It reminds me a lot of the movie Two Brothers. Not sure if the film was based on this book or not but the stories are surprisingly similar. A great quick read for tiger fans!
Oct 21, 2014 Jmathews11 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne Marie
Sep 06, 2014 Anne Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Boo's review (7) ...I loved this book and I give it all 5 stars. It's really, really good because a princess gets to have a tiger as a pet. You may want to miss the arena chapters because they are really, really gross and it made me sad.....except for the end part at the arena, because that was cool. My favorite part was the ending and even if you skip the other arena stuff because it's shouldn't miss the ending because it works out great for the tiger. I learned that even though ...more
Robert Kent
Tiger, Tiger is historical fiction that while written with younger readers in mind, like the best middle grade works, is a book meant to be enjoyed by adults as well. The trick, as always, is a good story well-told, and content that would be of interest to any reader at any stage in their life.

It's obvious Banks means for children to read her book as she slows down for them on occasion:

To launch the entertainment, two tall, splendid gladiators were set to fight, one armed with a sword and the o
Feb 03, 2014 Lizaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice, the book really got you to worry about whats gonna happen next. You got dragged into it.. I liked this book.
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Two tiger cubs are captured in the jungle and separated after arriving in Rome. One is confined to a dank menagerie of animals under the Colosseum where he is trained to fight and attack for the pleasure of the Romans. The other becomes a pet of 12-year-old Aurelia, the daughter of Caesar, the Roman emperor. She names the tiger Boots. Boots is quickly tamed by his trainer: fangs are extracted, feet are shod and he is castrated. The other tiger, Brute, becomes a crowd favorite at the circus where ...more
Jenniferb English9
I really enjoyed Tiger, Tiger! It’s a unique historical fiction story written by Lynne Reid Banks about two tiger cubs who were brought up in ancient Rome. One of them was taken to the Colosseum to fight people and other animals, and his brother was given to Aurelia, Caesar’s daughter, as a gift. The slave Julius takes care of one tiger and brings him to the palace to visit Aurelia, who names the tiger Boots. She and her friend Marcus become friendly with Julius and Boots. But then they try to p ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Leilab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 2 tiger cubs in the jungle and one day hunters from Rome come and snatch the tigers from the jungle the tigers are trapped. the youngest tiger is given a present to the princess she names him boots (you'll see why when you read the book) she s very caring and loving to her tiger but hed father (Caesar) is scared she will get hurt so the tiger comes with a salve that will teach her how to tame him.The other tiger is given to the circus and taught to be a vicious man-eating figh ...more
I liked the ending of this book. Even though it's not a happy ending, that's kind of what I like about it. In all those "forbidden love" books, the guy always gets the girl and they live happily ever after and such. But this book ends it realistically. The newly freed slave doesn't get the princess, even though they both love each other. This ending is realistic, and that's what I like about it. Julius runs off because he is a target to the emperor, and princess Aurelia marries Marcus and never ...more
May 07, 2009 Daria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Veeery unrealistic, and historically improbable. Historical fiction writers these days think they can make 3rd century people think and go against the flow like we modern beings do nowadays...
Isabel Jazmín
May 10, 2015 Isabel Jazmín rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estuve a punto de dejar de leerlo en el primer capítulo, por la crueldad de la captura de los tigres. Pero seguí y no me arrepiento: es una historia emocionante, tierna, triste y complicada, donde se retrata esa sociedad romana con el famoso "pan y circo".

El desarrollo de Botas y Cafre es el resultado de cómo son tratados por los dospatas y te lleva a pensar qué tanto de lo que recibes en la vida es consecuencia de lo que has dado.

Aurelia es la princesa sí y como tal es caprichosa pero ella tam
May 14, 2016 Krisz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I bought the book I had no idea it was a children's one. And the story could easily be written for adults - because the lesson behind it is lovely.
I enjoyed the style, the story... the characters were not so detailed as could be, which is okay for a kids' book. My favourite character was Julius and it was very clever of LRB to name him after a ceasar - this way she could ensure we see him as a noble man.
I loved how the details came all together toward the end and provided an unpredictable s
Mar 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started to read this story to a Year 3 class (aged 7-8) as our topic was The Romans. This book ended up being slightly too old for them, and so we stopped reading it about half way through. But I took it home so I could finished it. And I loved it!

Not only do you get a wealth of knowledge of life in Ancient Rome, you get a lovely story about friendship, honour and love.

The story of the tiger brothers separation, one to be a pampered pet and the other trained for the Games, shows how life was li
Sep 11, 2015 Dorottya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I picked up this book at a (heavy) discount bookstore, not expecting too much from it - some made for teens sappy hollywoodized love story set in ancient Rome for a twist.

Oh I was SO wrong. It blew me away completely.
Even with adult eyes, this book was amazing. It was so realistic on so many levels-well, I am not too knowledge able about ordinary people's lives in ancient Rome, so I'm not one to judge that aspect. But what it had to say about power, people's attitudes to power, personal relation
Esta novela me llamó la atención nada más leer su sinopsis y la editorial fue muy amable por enviarme un ejemplar. Además, la edición está muy cuidada, incluso incluye una pequeña tira a modo de marcapáginas.

Tigre, tigre nos cuenta la historia de dos hermanos tigres que son secuestrados al poco de nacer por los "dos patas" (humanos). A partir de ahí, sus vidas toman caminos diferentes: Botas es mimado por Aurelia, la hija del César; mientras que al cachorro más fuerte lo preparan para luchar en
Oct 03, 2008 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Roman historical culrure and animals
I LOVED this book because its so cute but sad at the same time. If you like stories about animals this is a good book for you also if you like Roman history. This book is about a girl named Arielia who's father is the Emporer of Italy, Ceaser. Caeser decides to give her daughter a gift so he gave her a tiger cub. The tiger cub had a twin brother who was also taken by hunters to Italy though he was sent to the Coloseum to fight the gladiators as part of what Romans called "the circus". Most peopl ...more
Joy Kirr
Feb 01, 2013 Joy Kirr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book randomly - going through the stacks at the library, looking for an "easy" audio book. I knew the author was the one from Indian in the Cupboard, but I'd actually never read any of the books in that series. The premise is what decided it for me, and I'm glad I listened to this one.

Aurelia is Emperor Caesar's daughter (not Julius Caesar, yet, however). His men capture two tiger cubs from the jungle, and Caesar gives one to his daughter for a pet, while the other one becomes a fie
Amber (Books of Amber)
This book was an absolute pleasure to read and overall I thought it was absolutely outstanding.

The book is about - as you may have guessed - two tiger cubs, who are captured by hunters and taken to Rome. Once in Rome they are separated, one (Boots) becomes a pet in the house of Caesar and the other (Brute) is caged underneath the Colosseum and trained to fight in the arena.

After a while, the story starts to focus more on Auriela - Caesar's daughter - and her cousin Marcus, who play a prank on Bo
May 11, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
A unique setting: Rome in the days of a Caesar ruler, who maintains his power through (among other things) displays of violence in the circus. And yet, this is a story aimed at younger readers. I would suggest reading or listening to this book with your younger ones instead of on their own. I guess I'd rate it PG.

This book made me think more about people's fascination with violence. It was hard to imagine why people of that day loved the circus so much. But then I remembered the television show
Grades: 4-6

Plot: The story opens with the capture of two wild tiger cubs from their jungle home, then follows them into the dank belly of a ship bound for ancient Rome. The stronger cub is immediately chosen to be trained for Caesar’s games, where he will be set loose in the coliseum to fight gladiators to the death. He is known to his tormentors as Brute. Caesar’s plans for the smaller cub, however, are quite different: he is to be a pet for Caesar’s coddled daughter Aurelia. She names him Boot
Jan 24, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best books I have ever read! Lynne Reid Banks did an amazing job developing the plot of the story, what helped me love it even more was that it is historical fiction set in Rome around 3rd century AD. Two tiger cubs are captured and brought to Rome. One is given to the emperor's daughter to be raised as her pampered pet. The other brother is taught to be a vicious man-eating fighter at the Coliseum. While there is description of the gladiators and animals slaughtering ea ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a youth book. I've been teaching 7th grade Language Arts this school year, and I wanted to coordinate their literature curriculum with the state mandated social studies curriculum, so they would have an interdisciplinary literature experience.

Seventh graders here are supposed to study ancient civilizations from ancient Egypt up through Roman empire and medieval Europe. I must have read 25 different youth books to come up with the ones I chose. I wanted books that are historically accurat
Feb 12, 2012 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love those rainy or snowy days when all you really want is to curl up on a comfy armchair by the fireplace and read. Well I had one of those days yesterday, and I discovered that this book is an amazing choice for a day like that. It is easy to follow since the setting is based in a time we have all probably learned about. Also, the language is very interesting because it incorporates some of the way people might have talked back then, yet is easy to understand. There are few characters and a ...more
Aimee Martino
May 31, 2014 Aimee Martino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


What a fantastic book! Although it was a long time ago that I read this, I still remember loving this book and the way it was written. I can only describe it as being a book that is perfect for getting you into reading if you are below the age of 13 and you haven't got "the bug" yet.

Apr 22, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-titles
Overall, an entertaining read. I found it to be sensationalist at times (particularly describing the violence of the circus) and also found the characters not well-developed. My favorite parts were the tiger parts. I love historical fiction, and so does my son, and the way they connected this to real history at the end of the book was clever.
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Lynne Reid Banks is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty books, including the best-selling children's novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and been made into a film.
Banks was born in London, the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks. She was evacuated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during World War II but returned after
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~Aurelia, 152”
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