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The Tiger Rising

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  13,954 Ratings  ·  1,718 Reviews
From the best-selling author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes the moving story of an eleven-year-old-boy, Rob Horton, who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the hotel where he lives with his father. With the help of his new friend, Sistine Bailey, Rob must decide what to do with his discovery and at the same time come to terms with his past.
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Published April 11th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Leah Jay
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
Mar 11, 2015 Ryan Mac rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, alexander
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
Aug 04, 2014 Aura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Riley Peters
Dec 16, 2014 Riley Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2014 Charity rated it liked it
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
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
Miles Pretel
The tiger rising, written by Kate DiCamillo is about how Rob discovers things that help him express feelings again. Him and his father moved to Florida after his mother's death and now live and work in a run down motel that is owned by a cowardly man. They moved because they wanted to forget her, Rob's father doesn't like to express his feelings or remember his deceased wife and doesn't let Rob do so either. Keeping these emotions inside him make Rob become very quiet and kept to himself. He dev ...more
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
Erin Lindsay McCabe
I'll read anything Kate DiCamillo writes. I bought this months ago, hoping the kid would let me read it to him. Nope. But we came across the audiobook and now he's hooked. We've listened to it repetitively. The first time, the climax made me tear up-- if there's one thing that DiCamillo is a master of, it's writing about emotions (in this case grief, shame, anger, helplessness) authentically. Her books are not "easy" or "feel-good" but they address real emotions and experiences (death, bullying, ...more
Garrett Dudley
Feb 29, 2016 Garrett Dudley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Isabella Cuevas
Jun 11, 2015 Isabella Cuevas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because the book was very described by that i mean you can really picture what was going on.
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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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