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“One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!”When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and hi ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Charlesbridge
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Francesca Forrest
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, tightly told, moving tale, set in the Sundarbans, a region of mangrove forests and ocean-mixing-with-land in Bangladesh and India that I’d love to visit one day. It’s home to the endangered Bengal tiger, and also to struggling farmers, equally endangered thanks to climate change and the storms and rising seawaters that it’s brought. In this setting, we meet Neel, a boy with a good head for schoolwork who’s weighted down by his family’s and headmaster’s hopes and expectations ...more
Craig Wiesner
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting and fun story about an Indian boy named Neel trying to rescue a tiger cub before an unscrupulous businessman, who is destroying the boy's island, can capture the cub and sell it on the black market. In the midst of his hope to find and save the cub, Neel is also dealing with great expectations his family and village have for his future. Neel's headmaster thinks he's the smartest boy in his grade and has entered him in a contest to win a scholarship. Neel isn't all that enthusi ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Neel lives in the Sunderbans of West Benal, and his village is next to a tiger preserve. His family is struggling after his mother's recent bout with dysentery, and his father's fishing business has been negatively impacted by bad weather. Mr. Gupta is a local entrepreneur who is trying to take over the entire village, and has the money to do so, so when one of the tiger cubs escapes from the preserve, he offers the local men lots of money to find the cub and turn it in to him. Neel knows that M ...more
Edward Sullivan
A fast-paced, engrossing story with compelling conflicts and evocative descriptions.
Sejal
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was the winner for the 2016 South Asian Book Award. This book was read on the Kindle edition. I enjoyed reading it on the Kindle because I can start reading it on my computer and move onto my ipad, or travel and read it on my iphone. It is also easy to find pages or city. The only downside of reading it on the Kindle is not being able to flip pages of a real book. This book follows a boy, Neel, in the third person, who lives on an island near India and Bangladesh. Neel was selected to ...more
Kristen
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick, simple story about doing the right thing. It was hard to get into at first because so many of the characters are unlikable for the first half of the story--but things improve as the search for the baby tiger escalates.
Crystal
Tiger Boy is a wonderful story of family and home. Neel loves his home in the Sunderbans. He never wants to leave. He is in contention for a scholarship though that would lead to possibilities of employment in the future that could help his family. He struggles because the last thing he wants to do is leave, but his family doesn't have enough money for his sister to get an education and his father works very hard. He could change his family's situation if he leaves.

I found it to be a quick read
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Brenda
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a terrific addition to our 3rd grade classroom. We are planning on exploring global habitats, endangered animals and global geography. I can't wait to share this with the class to get them talking about all the issues that are presented here. It will be a stretch for them because it is so far from what they know - but what a terrific stretch to attempt.
Katrina
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes authors try so hard to convey an important message that they lose track of their characters and the story itself. Not so in this case. Perkins writes with a clear, approachable style that brings her characters to richly developed life while deftly introducing readers to the Sunderbans, an archipelago of islands near Kolkata, India.

Neel, youngest in his family of four, has been nominated for a scholarship that will allow him to achieve the kind of education few from these islands have
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Diane
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Many things in life are worth more than money."

Neel and his family live in the Sunderbans, an archipelago off the coasts of India and Bangladesh. It isn't an easy life, but they are a tight-knit and loving family. The families of the island are struggling to recover from a recent cyclone that has done severe damage to their homes and crops. But Neel's father, Baba, has recovered better than most because of his motto: "Protect the tigers. Plant trees." It is the presence of the Golpata trees tha
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Teresa
This was fairly suspenseful plot-wise, but very interesting re: setting and "lifestyle". Neel is a student on the Sunderban islands, and he has a chance to win a scholarship to a top school in Kolcatta, but he doesn't really want to go away from home. His anxiety about prepping for the test, especially in math, is weighing on him; everyone thinks he's got to take advantage of this great opportunity. Meanwhile, a tiger cub has escaped from the local tiger refuge; Neel and his sister want to find ...more
Cindy Hudson
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Neel is nominated for a scholarship that will take him away from his small island in West Bengal to study in the city. His headmaster believes he has promise and can go on to do great things. But Neel doesn’t want to leave his family, his friends and his village. He wants life to go on there as it always has.

Yet he sees how much is changing when a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve and swims to Neel’s island. Everyone is out searching for her. Some want to rescue her while others want to po
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Lexi
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tiger Boy tells the story of a boy, Neel, who is living in the Sundarbands which are a collection of islands in India and Bangladesh (home to mangrove forests and wildlife reserves that protect the wild bengal tigers). Neel has been selected by his school headmaster as the only student in his school to compete for a scholarship which will send him to an elite school in Kolkata where he will have the opportunity to become a "big, smart man" and hopefully be able to provide for his entire family. ...more
HW6thgrade
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Tiger boy by Mitali Perkins follows a young boy named Neel who loves to read and write. At his school he is selected to be entered for a prestigious scholarship to train in the big city next to their small island in Africa. Neel struggles to grasp math and his headmaster is getting angry and disappointed in Neel. When a young tiger cub escapes from the reserve, Neel's studies are the least of his worries and he decides that he will find that cub. To make matters worse a rich man named Gupta has ...more
Mary
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry! That is all.

Well, almost. It's a terrific and accessible adventure story that children as young as 7 or 8 can enjoy, but that will speak to older kids (and, as I said, even adults). Fifth-grader Neel has a chance at a scholarship to a boarding school in Kolkata. But he loves his home in the Sunderbans, and doesn't want to leave. When a young tiger cub escapes from the nearby reserve, Neel and his sister decide they will rescue her and return her to the reserve. This puts t
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Natalie
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story follows Neel, a young boy who is confronted with the task of doing what is right. When a baby tiger cub escapes from the local reserve, Neel and his sister set out to find the cub to return it to safety before she is poached and sold on the black market for her organs and fur. Throughout the story, Neel is conflicted with the decision to turn the cub in for money to help his family or to do the right thing and return the young cub to the nature reserve where she can live a long life f ...more
Liz Murray
A tightly paced and concise story that has at its center a baby tiger who has escaped from a reserve. I didn't know about the Sundarbans before reading this story and it is a beautiful introduction to the area. The 'tiger boy' of the title is a young boy who has the chance to win a scholarship to study outside of his village, a prestigious scholarship and an opportunity for him to shine. He doesn't want to leave his family and the village though. He's distracted from study by wanting to find the ...more
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
A young boy named Neel puts everything on hold to help find a tiger cub that has escaped a nature reserve near Neel’s island village. He risks his scholarship at a boarding school far from home to save this cub from being killed and sold on the black market by a rich man that has just moved to the island. He learns that sometimes you have to take risks for the ones you love.

It was a quick book, but very moving. It was a bit difficult to get into at first because most of the characters are pretty
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Taylor Madison
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cultural, young-adult
Neel lives in the Sunderbans with his family. While working towards winning a scholarship, a tiger cub escaped the reserve. Neel needed to find the cub and bring it back to the reserve before Gupta and his men find it first, since Gupta plans on selling the cub on the black market. My favorite line from the book was “Many things in life are worth more than money”(Perkins,97). I liked this quote because it really sums up a key message from the story. Another key message from the story is courage. ...more
Michelle
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful and short chapter book about the Sunderban islands off the coast of India and Bangladesh. Neel is a smart young student who is offered the chance to win a scholarship. He must study in order to win but he wrestles with the idea of leaving his home. He loves where he lives and his family especially his mothers delicious cooking. A tiger cub escapes from the nearby preserve and Neel and his sister figure out where the cub is before a local poacher does. This story shares a great sense ...more
Panther Library
I like the dialogue and descriptions of the Sunderbans Islands of Bengali. And the search for the tiger is believable and fun to follow. Good story, good setting: that’s enough for me, and for just about any middle schooler to connect with.

There isn’t much surprise in terms of character or plot development: in many ways it’s a standard rich and greedy vs. poor and noble fable. I like how the main character isn’t the only one with tough decisions to make. The fact that the decisions get made qui
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Int'l librarian
I like the dialogue and descriptions of the Sunderbans Islands of Bengali. And the search for the tiger is believable and fun to follow. Good story, good setting: that’s enough for me, and for just about any middle schooler to connect with.

There isn’t much surprise in terms of character or plot development: in many ways it’s a standard rich and greedy vs. poor and noble fable. I like how the main character isn’t the only one with tough decisions to make. The fact that the decisions get made qui
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Nadine
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written book with some very interesting themes on conservation, education for boys/girls; the implication that education should take one away from what one loves, and of course the question of poverty vs. animal rights/preservation. The language was appropriate for the difficult to reach 7-9 year old crowd as well
Rachael Bookfairs
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story of a young boy who is trying to find & rescue a lost tiger cub before it is captured and sold for a bounty. The writing is engaging & lyrical & the characters really blossom.
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
The perfect book to help your reader be easily immersed in what it might feel like to grow up in India, find their destiny, better understand their family and rescue a tiger cub. A wonderful read--perfect for classrooms everywhere.
Gina
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
A quick read. A good middle grade story that talks about the importance of education, nature, and wildlife. A good book for exposing kids to real life issues and to promote discussion of various topics.
Mary
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cin
Initially I did not like this book at all, but the more I got into the story the more I appreciated it's perspective. And it really has a lot of backmatter that encourages kids to do something about the situations.
Monica Hocking
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This very good book. It helps you to remember about respect for others, believe in yourself and give 100% in everything you do! Great book!
Katrina
A sweet story. Joins the ranks of “Julie of the Wolves” and “My Side of the Mountain.”
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Mitali Perkins has written twelve novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award) Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL best 100 Book for children in the past 100 years), Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel), and Tiger Boy, which won the South Asia Book Award for Younger Readers. She currently writes and resides in San Francisco: mitaliperkins.com.
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