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Iris and the Tiger

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  285 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune–and her sprawling estate–to Iris’s scheming parents.

But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn’t quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iris’s eyes play tricks on her
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 27th 2016 by Text Publishing
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“She pictured a golden head with golden eyes and pricked ears, somewhere in the house. A striped body prowling down the curling staircase, out the front door and into the forest. Tail flicking as it moved beyond the edge of the painting and out into the real world. The tiger, doing exactly as it pleased, not caring in the slightest about the rules that should have kept it on the canvas”

Iris and the Tiger is the first novel for younger readers written by Australian author, Leanne Hall. She may be
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love middle grade novels and the magic and wonderment that a true coming of age reveals, and Iris and The Tiger was such a lovely and vivid read. Following the footsteps or twelve year old Iris, I loved discovering the magic that was the Bosque de Nubes in a mixture of Australian and Spanish culture. Although she's visiting on behalf of her scheming parents, it isn't long before Iris begins to understand that the sprawling estate isn't what it seems. I adored the interactive artwork. Surreal p ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Iris and the Tiger’ is the new novel from Australian author Leanne Hall, a magnificent middle-grade magical-realism marvel.

Let me begin my review of Hall’s ‘Iris and the Tiger’ by quoting another book. ‘It’s the things you read at the age you are now which stick. Books crow-bar the world open for you.’ Said to a 12-year-old girl on her birthday, in Katherine Rundell’s beautiful novel, ‘Rooftoppers’.

I love that quote, and the epitome of it is surely in Leanne Hall’s ‘Iris and the Tiger’ which, t
Emily Mead
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Iris and the Tiger is an MG kind of Wonderland-ish book.

And there were things that I loved about it.

For example, the surrealism. There’s all sorts of weird stuff happening and I absolutely love it. I especially loved the boots that merged into feet and walk you around. I could use a pair of them.

The idea that paintings can become real is SO COOL and something I’ve occasionally used in my own writing. I know next to nothing about paintings, but surrealism is definitely my favourite kind. Because,
Sean Kennedy
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Iris and the Tiger" is like the lovechild of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Wes Anderson - a loopy tale of magic realism combined with a heady sense of nostalgic twee - and I loved every minute of it. There's a crazy aunt, a mysterious house, magical beasts, ghosts and paintings that come to life - yet it is all handled with a deftness and charm that allows you to accept it wholeheartedly. ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Glaiza by: Romi (likes books)
This book made me wonder why I stopped reading middle-grade books. Iris and the Tiger is a wonderful book on art and magic. Cont'd on the blog: ...more
Text Publishing
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friendship, ya, fiction
‘There are lots of twists in this book and I never knew what was going to happen next…Recommended to anyone who likes magical adventure stories.’
Kookie Magazine

Leanne Hall has created a playful, imaginative world in Iris and the Tiger. From tennis-playing sunflowers to surrealist dinner parties, there is a lot to love here.

‘A surrealist mystery (what could be more intriguing than that?) and a fantastic journey through life, art and families. Wise, whimsical, delightfully original and altogethe
My review is now posted at Reading Time. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Anika Claire
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A rather strange, magical, creepy at times but also rather sweet story. The characters were a highlight and I'm sad that it's over - I want to hear more about the adventures of Iris and Jordi!

Full review posted on Tea in the Treetops in January 2016:
There’s something very strange about Bosque de Nubes, and it isn’t just Iris’ odd Aunt Ursula, or the surreal paintings on every wall. When Iris visits the old house in Spain to try to convince her Aunt to leave it all to her, she finds dark shadows
Bookish Devil
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Iris, a young Aussie is sent to her Aunt Ursula's mansion by her parents, entrusting her with the job of gathering details about that estate clandestinely.
What Iris presumed to be an easy job turned more complex than she could possibly imagine. Ever since she arrived at Spain, she felt something was amiss in her Aunt's mansion.
She then starts to see bizarre things happening around her. Big sunflowers playing tennis in the courtyard, a pair a boots which seemed to have a life on their
Hélène Louise
After a rather incertain beginning I grew to appreciate my reading more and more. I loved the unusual context - a tiny magic world, centered on an old house and its park, in Spain, yes in Spain for once! -, the characters, the originality of the mystery.
The mix between art and magic was cleverly done and quite fascinating.
I discovered Leanne Hall some time ago with her fascinating dualogy This is Shyness § Queen of the Night and wasn't disappointed with this book, wrote for young readers. It wou
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2016-favorites
I've compared Leanne Hall's writing to Miyazaki before and it's even more apt with Iris and the Tiger. I LOVED THIS. It's Miyazaki meets Alice in Wonderland in Spain. With art! It's 12 year old Iris seeing things for the first time, whether it's a surrealist painting come to life or her parents' true intentions in sending her abroad.

I'd also very much like to be invited to a dinner where the dress code is: Dress As Your Dreams.

A surrealist adventure, this book is as vivid and original and wondr
Alicia Papp
A charming, refreshing, quirky and involving story with magical surrealism, the beautiful rural Spanish landscape , big, bad property developers, a five legged shadow dog and a car with feet. Iris is wonderful, Ursula eccentric and mysterious and the atmosphere fabulous. A great read for 11-14 year olds.
Dec 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, lib19
It read to me more like an adult book than middle grade, which is what it's billed as, I think because Iris doesn't react to the surreal magic she finds as a child would (I think), want to explore and create and do things with it herself. But it's an engrossing, memorable read.... ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such an AMAZING and INTERESTING book! And SO ORIGINAL!
Highly recommend.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would be lying if I tried to claim this book hadn't left a part of itself lodged in me, and I feel lighter inside because of it.

One of those perfect books that gives you faith in the world and yourself. Beautifully written, sweet and wise, and the surrealism/magic realism was precisely what I was looking for.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Great character development and a umber of friendship issues to discuss with students. The magic works especially if the reader understands the work of surreal artists. This knowledge would enliven the visual images created and the magic.
Rania T
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel is a lively induction into the world of surrealism, and will entice a number of youngsters to play the 'Exquisite Corpse' game and fantasise whether or not their creation will come to life, much like the art pieces at 'Basque de Nubes.' ...more
Anna Davidson
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of magic and friendship. This would be a great book to read in conjunction with viewing some surrealism art.
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
The same author as This is Shyness? Count me in then :) ...more
Becky B
Iris has been sent by her parents all the way from Australia to Spain to ensure that her Great Aunt leaves her inheritance to the right people. Namely, her family. But the mission doesn't entirely sit well with Iris. She's kind of relieved to find that there's no phone reception at Aunt Ursula's estate, so she doesn't have to answer her parents questions. She does have a few questions for them, though. Like why her mother never mentioned that Aunt Ursula and the estate are so...strange. She hasn ...more
Unusual mix of surrealism and mystery. Iris Chen-Taylor is sent to Spain to get into her great aunt's good graces in order to possibly inherit her estate, Bosque de Nubes. (NB her father's Chinese family disinherited him when he married her non-Chinese mom.) When she arrives, she discovers developers desperate to build a theme park, and weird goings on--are her dead great uncle's paintings coming to life? Did he really paint them all? And have her parents been completely (or even partly) honest ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) Iris has been sent by her parents to visit her eccentric Great Aunt Ursula in Spain. They hope that she can ingratiate herself in order to get them closer to inheriting her estate and want her to see who might be a contender for inheritance. Iris feels awkward about this, but is fascinated by her aunt and her home. But Iris begins to see strange things and begins to wonder about the famous surreal paintings that are all over the house. She becomes intrigued by one that is not present ...more
Susan Grigsby
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an imaginative and interesting story about a young girl visiting the estate of her eccentric aunt. Iris is a budding teen who has been sent by her parents to her Aunt Ursula's home in Spain to learn more about Ursula's health and who might be influencing her decision about inheriting the estate. Iris soon learns there is a good deal more to Aunt Ursula, her Uncle James (a surrealist artist now deceased), and the estate in which painting subjects seem to take on physical form. As Iris sea ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Iris and the Tiger, by Leanne Hall, was a very enjoying and memorable read. I found the concept of surrealism quite fascinating and engaging to say the least, and I also found that Iris was a completely relatable protagonist. I liked how she faced many challenges in the book, and how this wasn't a typical read for tweens, typical to me meaning an unrelatable story that just didn't seem true, and is unsurprisingly flat. Iris and the Tiger, however, was quite the contrast. I thought that it had sp ...more
Maree Kimberley
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this sweet and fun story aimed at readers around 10years plus. Iris, the main character, is fun and intriguing little girl. At home she finds she doesn't fit in at home or at school, but left to explore the grand estate of her eccentric great Aunt, Iris finds out how brave, smart and strong she is. Filled with magic, art, friendships, oddball characters and fun, this is an enchanting story with lots of adventure, a few scary moments and a few gentle life lessons. A great read for kids and ...more
Mary Beth  MacLeay
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our Chinese-Australian heroine isn't quite sure what she is doing in Spain at her great-aunt's estate. That's the beginning of the mystery which only gets more mysterious. I love the setting--very much its own character. Mansion, gardens, woods. And the surrealism woven throughout adds, umm, a surrealistic note. Excellent. ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book with my daughter but she wasn't enjoying it as much as I (she's 11 going on 14) so I finished without her. I really liked it! It takes place in Spain, the main character is a 12 year old girl, and she needs to be brave & adventurous in order to find the answers she's looking for. Fun book! ...more
Margz Cafifge
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, ebook
It was a weird book and I loved it. It was taking you places then it isn't there and you're left wondering what then. Middle grade me would have been awed by the mystery and sleuthing. I loved it even though at some parts I was really disinterested with the dialogue and scenes. That's it! It was really refreshing to read middle grade books. ...more
Julia Tulloh Harper
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delightful, quirky gem of a story! This middle grade novel follows Iris as she’s sent off to her Great Aunt’s estate in Spain, where she discovers a world where paintings come to life (or the other way around!). It’s about friendship, the importance of working out and sticking to your values (even if it’s hard), and the fun of surrealist art. I really enjoyed it.
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Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children’s fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia

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