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Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead (shot in a holdup) and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 12th 2005 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 1981)
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Rob McGrory It's left open. Davey leaves letters in the cave for Wolf and she indicates that she hopes they'll see one another again someday. As for her friends…moreIt's left open. Davey leaves letters in the cave for Wolf and she indicates that she hopes they'll see one another again someday. As for her friends in Atlantic City, that's left open as well. Davey says she wonders if her friends have changed in the past year but the book ends before we find out. I would have liked to find out, but Ms. Blume leaves it up to the readers.
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She and Wolf meet up again as adults after they both marry, have kids, and get divorced. It all happens through the magic of social media! (less)

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Megan
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporary YA. Even so Tiger Eyes is a book which, I believe, still stands the test of time. This is the story of fifteen year old Davey, who has lived her entire life in Atlantic City with her parents and little brother. One night, Davey's father is shot to death during a robbery while working at his grocery store. In attempt to get their lives back ...more
jv poore
To say that this is a re-read seems somewhat insufficient. At the tender age of ten, I purchased this gem and proceeded to read it, perhaps five or six dozen times. Its where I first heard of the Grateful Dead. I asked my mom what it meant, her reply of How the hell should I know? was not helpful. (Dont worry, only eight years later, I totally figured it out).

To this day, some three decades later, I still recall entire passages from Tiger Eyes and all calico cats will forever be known to me as
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Sana
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
1st time reading: 4 stars.
2nd time reading: rating to come

On hold @ pg 114. I spilled my ice cream shake on this and this is boring me. I'll continue this some other time.

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This is a reread because I was organizing my bookshelf and came across my old copy of this AND I READ THE WORD WOLF AND I JUST HAD TO REREAD IT OKAY? This was also my first Judy Blume book which I remember loving.
Rachel Aranda
Rating for this audiobook is a 4.5 rating. I read along on a print copy while the audio played in the background. It would be nice to hear more books by this narrator, Emma Galvin, as I like her voice and tone that she brought to this book.

I really enjoyed this book even though the subject matter can be pretty heavy at times. For most of the time I felt quite in tune with Davie, the main character, as her personality and mood are very similar to mine when I was going through a change around her
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Erin
I have never read a Judy Blume book before, and I felt vaguely embarrassed when I checked this out from the library. There's no nostalgic link for me to any of Blume's books, so I'll admit I was worried about how I would like this book.

But all you Blume-hards (what?) can relax about the three star rating up there, because when I say I "liked" this book I really do mean it. The thing is, I became so invested in some of the plotlines that when they failed to reach a satisfying conclusion I felt
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Adriana
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Book I read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. This book is an old favorite of mine, that I decided to re-read. I first read this book when I was about eleven years old, and decided to re-read it because I saw it in my nightstand table, when I was looking for a book I owed the school. The book takes place in New Jersey, where the main character fifteen year old Davey Wexler's father is murdered in Atlantic City, in a store that he works in. After her father is murdered Davey deals with the death ...more
Rachel Aranda
Rating for this audiobook is a 4.5 rating. I read along on a print copy while the audio played in the background. It would be nice to hear more books by this narrator, Emma Galvin, as I like her voice and tone that she brought to this book.

I really enjoyed this book even though the subject matter can be pretty heavy at times. For most of the time I felt quite in tune with Davie, the main character, as her personality and mood are very similar to mine when I was going through a change around her
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Lisa
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure I read this as a kid, but I don't remember it at all. Maybe my friends older sister never had Tiger Eyes?
Judy Blume just gets me. I myself have just suffered a loss and I knew i needed something to bring me a bit of light. This book was absolutely everything I needed right now. At the end I cried, put it down and I felt a bit better. Thank you for the therapy Judy xx
Acordul Fin
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.
I liked the last half more than the first, but, overall, it was an engaging story about both coming of age and overcoming grief.

It was very realistic the way it was handled, though I did find her family infuriating at times: her mother completely vacated and left her kids to be
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Jennifer
Judy Blume actually signed this much-loved dog-eared paperback of mine and it is one of my most prized possessions. Sadly, I have tried giving it to tons of my 8th grade girls and they just aren't feeling it. But now that Twilight has made chastity hot, I may try it again!
Audra
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was in elementary school. Which now that I think about it, may have been too young. But I have always fancied myself an advanced reader, especially when I was younger. Let's start at the beginning, with the book's cover. When I read this, I used to stare at the cover between readings. I know there were different covers but this is the one I read over and over - it's a haunting picture. As marketing folks know, packaging can make or break a product and I am certain the ...more
Joe
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm writing this just days after some wretched little scumbag murdered 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, and that tragedy gives added dimension to this book: Davey, a 15-year-old white girl in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has to face something no child should have to deal with: the murder of her father. The situation could be another maudlin weeper, but in the hands of Judy Blume the story is concise and honest. Davey and her family go to Los Alamos, New Mexico, for recovery from the trauma.

Davey
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Trisha
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You have sad eyes, Tiger," he says. "A bright smile but sad eyes."

This was a very very well done story. Loss of a parent shouldn't be easy for any family. It should be messy and angry, full of secrets and tantrums and a lot of days spent NOT leaving your bed. I thought that was the best part of this book - that Davey was never perfect and she never tried to be. She didn't go through stages and she didn't handle things right.

Shuffled off to live in a strange area, Davey tries to find a new
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Liz Fichera
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Timeless story. A teen dealing with love and loss told in a very authentic voice. The secondary characters were equally as authentic. A very relatable story, regardless of age.
Arixel
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***SPOILER ALERT***
It's crazy how in just a second, your life can change in an instant. You might even experience pain in this just one second. Well, the pain in this book is dealing with the loss of a family member. It's extremely hard to just think, "that person isn't here anymore." In this realistic fiction book, you will see how Davey continues to live her life, although it isn't easy.I enjoyed reading this book, every bit of it. Can you really fully move on from something that happened? I
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Sarah
I was a massive fan of Judy Blume as a teenager, at the time there weren't the huge range of YA books that we have now and she was one of the few writers that I could turn to when I wanted to read a book about teenagers with real problems, ones that I could relate to. Recently Judy Blume visited the UK and I got the chance to attend an event with her and I can't tell you how excited I was to meet the author who wrote some of my favourite childhood books. It had been a long time since I'd read ...more
Cherylann
I read this book when it was first published in paperback. As someone who grew up on Judy Blume (I think I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret for the first time in 3rd grade and about 100 times after), as a teen I was excited to see something new and something age appropriate get published. I remember liking the book (but it wasn't Margaret). I've now revisited the book 30 years after publication and probably 28 years after I read it the first time. In those 28 years, I grew up, moved away ...more
Amber
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book when I was 13 and enjoyed the book. It was about this girl named Davey who had to move with her little brother and mom to move in with their aunt and uncle in New Mexico after her father was killed in a robbery at his store. She then meets this mysterious guy named Wolf who knows how she is feeling and tries to help her move on. I recommend this to all fans of YA. There is even a movie of this book out on DVD and it was pretty good as well but be sure to read the book first ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-print, own-ebook
I loved this book as a preteen and read it over and over again.
Reading 15+ years later and I still love it.
I have more compassion for the mother in the books this time around I suppose.
The setting of Los Alamos sounds like absolute hell o me today. Though I do recall thinking that maybe being in a boring place wouldn't be so bad many years ago.

Regardless of age this is an excellent teen book.
Just be sure to explain to a teen of today what a card catalog is; as this book is long before the
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Isaac Thomas
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my high school students lent her copy to me to read. Great example of a character driven plot. You feel for the characters, and the lack of satisfying endings makes it feel much more real and relatable.
Stephanie
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember this being my favourite Judy Blume book as a kid, and I read it again now after my daughter read it. Some heavier subjects like the death of a parent, other parent's struggle to cope, teenaged drinking, but it is well-done with likeable characters, and Blume really connects to young female readers.
Elena Luna
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''Cuando los lagartijos corren''
I read this book more than one month ago, and since then I've been thinking about how to write a good review. This book is amazing, so I wanted to write a good review for it. A review that can express how incredible this book is. And what it made me feel.
The first thing that called my attention was the cover page. A girl who looked my age. Tiger Eyes, I read. I looked at the girl again, those were not tiger eyes, those were sad eyes. It made me think of my
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Jonathan
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 11-grades
Ever wondered how it feels like to lose a member of your family? In this book, Blume decribes a girl named Davey and how she managed to get on with her life after a critical incident that just occured. That day, Davey and Hugh, her boyfriend was at the backyard of her father's store making out. All of a sudden, they hear gunshots. It all happened too fast for either one of them to grab it. Ever since Davey's father was shot in the chest and killed, Davey never felt the way she does before. She ...more
Kandice
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it
I was fairly obsessed with both Judy Blume and Paula Danziger. They wrote about real teenage issues and I read and reread all of their books numerous times. This was no exception. I have not read it in close to four decades, so I was very interested to see how I would feel about it at my age. I was thrilled to find that Blume had not lost her bloom so to speak. Corny much? O_o

This story is about loss and grief, but in true Judy Blume style so much more is addressed. Davey is a 15 year old girl
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Lisa Gricius
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
I recently came across this edition at the Ogden Farmers' Library Annual used book sale. I was filling up a dollar bag on the last day, stuffing in as much as I could(and then some)! I couldn't wait to take this beautifully scripted Dell edition with Judy's 1980's yellow and black scroll home to my daughter who is entering into the realm of young adulthood. I was so excited, informing her that this was the edition I had and that she MUST READ IT!! NOW!! And of course, I was deflated when she ...more
Genevieve Chao
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The novel, Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume is a great book about how deal with something tragic and move on.I chose this book because I read the back and it sounded like a good story.
Davey, a high school girl from Atlantic City, New Jersey has just lost her father because he was shot when managing his store. Her mom, her brother, and her move temporarily to New Mexico to live with her aunt and uncle. One day Davey goes to a canyon to get her mind off things. While in the canyon she meets a boy named
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Lisa
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished re-reading one of my favorites for what seems like the millionth time (but the first time in a long while.) It still holds steady at #2 in My Top 3 Judy Blume Novels of All Time. (The others are It's Not the End of the World and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.)

I did a re-read because I wanted to watch the film adaptation - and I was so glad I did (on both counts!) It's a fairly quiet - but not boring! - book that translated into an equally quiet - but not boring! - movie.
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Amanda L
Oh, Judy Blume. A faggy apron. Really!?

But aside from that she deftly handles a young woman's grief and sustained growth in the wake of losing her father >>not a spoiler<<.

Even if only briefly, she astutely addresses the effect of patent-child role reversal that tends to become reality as all are confronting tragedy and the child experiences her parent's vulnerability for the first time. Overall, she handled the subject of death/grief very well and even left some issues and
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Katie
Picked this up at Half Price Books since it's one of those books I feel like I should've read by now. I thought it was really great. And, you know, I knew Blume touched on "scandalous" things, but I was kind of surprised anyway by the (view spoiler). My childhood was so innocent! Or at least, oblivious.
Lesley
I remember reading this when I was 12 or 13 yrs old. Read this now for my 50 state challenge for new mexico. AS a preteen/teenager loved the Judy Blume books. As an adult reading it, it is definitely written for a younger reader but good story of death, loss, and new beginnings!
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