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The Girl and the Tiger

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Isha is a girl who loves animals, but struggles in the confines of school. When she is sent away to live with her grandparents on the Indian countryside, she discovers a sacred grove where a young Bengal tiger has taken refuge. Isha knows that the ever-shrinking forests of India mean there are few places left for a tiger to hide. When the local villagers also discover the ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by Owl Hollow Press
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May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, the author is my brother, but, I LOVED this book!

When it comes to strong and compelling young protagonists, this books falls into the same camp as The Goldfinch and the Harry Potter series for me. What I love about The Girl and The Tiger is that it take its time unraveling, the plot isn't hurried, but it's still filled with action and adventure. It's grounded in thoughtful character development and relationships that feel so real and familiar. This book is such a blend of elements that you
Amanda Sargent
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As both a wildlife conservationist and avid reader, the foundation of my passion for the natural world was built with the great classic stories inspired by it: the Jungle Book, Call of the Wild, Moby Dick, Tarzan, etc. As I got older, I was moved by the literature of naturalists like Muir, Carson, Thoreau and Steinbeck. Of course, gobbling them all up from an early age leaves you wishing you could read them all again for the first time, because it's rare that a modern-day novel come close.

Mohsin Kazmi
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul Rosolie takes you through desert, treacherous mountain passes, montane rainforests and lush southern jungles with Isha and her rambunctious striped companion. This incredible journey celebrates the best that human-kind can be when interacting with nature while reminding you of what can happen when humanity loses its historical connection with wildlife. He gives dignity to the complex Indian culture that has lived alongside wildlife for thousands of years. I truly could not put this book dow ...more
Charles Edwards-Freshwater
I want to go into this review by first saying that I definitely appreciated what this book set out to do. The interesting conflict between Modern India and the animal kingdom is definitely worth exploring, and I was very interested in learning in the afterword that most of the characters and events are based on real people/ occurrences. Though, it must worth noting that reality, when pushed together as a narrative, does not necessarily make interesting fiction.

My main problem with this book is t
Samhita Argula
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is phenomenal and provoking! The narrative is fluid and draws beautiful, scary pictures in our minds.

The story is about a girl who adopts a tiger and their journey across South India. They are accompanied by a terrific uncle-nephew duo and a boy with an elephant. This adventure takes this gang of misfits from the forest plantations of Mangalore to the heart of tribal populated jungles in the Periamangalam range of Tamilnadu.

This book includes anecdotes of nature learning, the age old h
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul Rosolie’s first foray into fiction, The Girl and the Tiger, is a resounding success. For me, it rates as one of the most entertaining examples of naturalist writing in existence. This book sinks its claws into you early on, and never lets go, building to a climax worthy of your rabid anticipation. It captures some of the highlights of Rosolie’s first book, Mother of God, with vivid descriptions of the natural world and stories of transcendent adventure—but it goes much further, with well-de ...more
Sterling Bennett
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rosolies passion and knowledge is evident with the vivid imagery contained in the girl and the tiger. Every time I opened it I felt like I was transported directly to India, this book kept me engaged until the very last page where the ending is not what i had imagined. He brought to life in a very compelling way, the challenges of preserving nature while accommodating the needs of man. I was very quickly immersed into the story of The Girl and The Tiger and came away with renewed respect for our ...more
Neethi Mahesh
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul Rosolie’s sojourn into Indian forests, in- depth research and interaction with conservationists has combined fiction into realistically portraying the intricacies of human- animal relationships, conflict and the tight rope that wildlife in present day India, walk; in fragmented landscapes where the lines between forests and human settlements are blurred, the story weaves through despair with a sense of prevailing hope. This heartfelt novel does much to resonate with people working on the gr ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book shows the bitter conflict between humans and nature. It highlights the political state and materialistic aspects of the country and how it always creates negative impacts on the forests, jungles and the wildlife within it. And also how the tribal people are forced to choose between being in harmony with the jungle that they belong to or disrupt it by cooperating with the government to put forth projects such dam projects etc.

This book has touched me on various levels as it portrays a he
Thomas Kelley
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place in India you follow along with fifteen year old Isha who is pretty smart but she does not seem to fit in at school. Isha has a special knack with animals of all kind, a animal whisper she even has the birds communicating with her. She spends a lot of time in the country side it is a world she understands. She is in tune with nature to the point she will not even kill a mosquito. This story is told from at least two different angles one from the humans side and one from the ...more
Gowri Varanashi
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thrilling adventure this book takes you on, will make it very difficult to put it down once you start! Paul has done the most brilliant job of balancing the adventures while conveying the true scenes of threat to wildlife and conservation issues/challenges witnessed regularly by conservationists in India, today. Being from India, the accurate references of India made me nostalgic for home and i love that the main character is a girl on an impossible mission but is brave to take on any hurdle ...more
David DeGuire
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in years that I literally could not put down. I love how the narrator role moves back and forth between different characters, and the storylines are woven together masterfully. It was easy to feel and appreciate the author’s love and respect for nature. Even before I finished the book, my commitment to see some of India’s remaining wild jungle was cemented. The author’s previous book, Mother of God, is next on my reading list!
Alessio Bariviera
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paul Rosolie writes as a contemporary Jack London. His magic works Jumanji-like, sucking you onto the battlefield of conservation in modern India. "The Girl and the Tiger" makes you bleed and dream as if you were there too. A realistic, heart-breaking, yet awe-inspiring journey on which everyone should embark and a holy-must-read for every single Indian. ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful novel, a tribute to wild animals in particular and Nature in general. As another review were mentioned, there are places where it was difficult for me to read because of the graphic nature of the way the villagers treated certain animals and also the way that animals capture and kill their prey. However, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt akin to wild animals in any shape or form. It is beautifully written, with much compassion and attention to lush desc ...more
Francine Werda
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book and could not put it down! All the good feels and some tears (you want to feel something right?) This book is so true and sound! I loved it and ordered another from the author. You wont regret it! Get ready to lose yourself in the wilds of Isha and Kala...great read!
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book changed the way i used to the see nature, And makes realize wild animals are not there on earth to entertain or support mankind, it is there to live just like us.

The best thing human race can do to wild nature and animals to let it live their life without interfering in it rather than controlling it on the presumption of saving it. Nature has its way to protect them.
Fleur Bradley
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book, with great visual storytelling, while still including strongly developed characters. Highly recommend.
Ethan Parks
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book and cannot seem to forget the haunting images and dynamic characters that inhabit Paul Rosolie’s Girl and the Tiger. The main character, Isha, is an indomitable young girl, admirable and enviable for her bottomless reservoirs of strength, integrity, and moral responsibility as she faces constant and massive obstacles on a journey to save a tiger cub. As she makes this trek across a land ravaged by deforestation, superstition, fear, and bureaucracy, the author ...more
Readers often ask novelists, “Where do you get your ideas?” Experience, observation, news stories are common responses. Imagine, though, you’re an environmentalist about to embark on a long-planned adventure to the Amazon. You wake up at 4 a.m. and decide to check your email. There among the usual messages is an intriguing one from a thirteen–year-old girl in India asking for your advice—about a tiger. What would you do?

While Paul Rosolie made his trip to the rainforest, he didn’t forget the tee
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a truly beautiful book which, at its centre, tells the story of a young girl trying to protect and save a tiger cub she has taken responsibility for and return it to its natural habitat. The book explores many current issues surrounding wildlife conservation and the complex relationship between people and animals and raises some difficult questions. The story is very hard to read at times as it depicts animal cruelty and animals hunting their prey in rather graphic detail. Some may find ...more
Whitney Schaefer
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For me, this book solidifies Rosolie’s talent as a writer. His first, Mother if God, was incredibly well written but also relied heavily on simply recounting his incredible life. The Girl And The Tiger showcases his talent in imagining up true fiction. For anyone who loves animals, India, and cliffhangers at every chapter, you will love this book. And the best part is that he weaves some of the things he’s actually lived into the story, which makes it even more fun to think that things that seem ...more
Partha Varanashi
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to interact with Paul Roaolie when was writing this book based on his wildlife experience in Western ghats of south India. He has been out solo travelling in jungle meeting people and understanding the engagement between people and wild life in Karnataka and Kerala. Can't wait for read this book!! ...more
Martha Brindley
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, touching story about a young girl trying to rescue a tiger cub. Set in modern day India and very insightful. Wonderful descriptions of wildlife and landscapes, with a hint of Born Free thrown in. A very enjoyable book and well written with nice character development. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in conservation and wildlife. My thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.
Guhan Eswaran
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit dramatic. But the evergripping story inspired by some true events definitely adds value. Not to forget the focus on the unique bond between nature and people, jungle and humans where we all should work forward to!!!
Veronica  Gavilanes
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book! This book was recommended to me by a friend who is a biologist. I trust his recommendations because he hates every time that a movie/book/meme/show is not accurate about the plants, animals, and ecosystems that they portrait. Me, as an anthropologist, I have the same pet peeve about social and cultural accuracy. I mean, everything I read doesn't have to feel like a documentary, but at least the authors should do their research. If you like animals and well researched ye ...more
Philipa Coughlan
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional book that draws you in so well to contemporary India. I read this as parts of the Brazilian rainforest were burning, due to human profiteering ad lack of consideration for the wildlife that exist in forests and jungles worldwide.
It is like a modern Jungle Book but Isha says she is not 'Mowgli'. She is a girl who struggles when confined as does Kala the young Bengal tiger she finds has taken refuge in a sacred grove near where she has moved to live with her wonderful grandparents A
Linda Rossi
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again.” –The God of Small Things

“The moon was setting and the night birds finishing their song when he woke”. From the moment this book began I was sucked in. I got a feeling I haven’t had since I was a child. This is a story that feels like an old-style adventure in the modern world. It feels like a modern day JungleBook. It feels like Kipling and Jack London got together for a collaboration.

Isha is a girl in India who hates schoo
Kshitiz Goliya
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing and underrated book I have ever read. I can't think of any other book that has so beautifully and yet so simply highlighted the deep and complex connection between humans, animals and nature. This novel isn't just a story of a compassionate girl (when usually its a boy) who tries to save the life of a tiger despite all odds. It also gives the perspective of the tiger, the elephants and numerous other animals, from a viewpoint that is non human but rooted in realit ...more
Hannelore Cheney
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Owl Hollow Press for the eARC.
This is an amazing book. It's the story of Isha, a young girl who tries to rescue a young tiger cub by taking off to try and find a jungle for the cub to escape in. The mother and her other cub have already been killed; it's a sure fact Isha's cub will be killed too if she doesn't help it.
The story also features a young boy and his blind elephant who have a very close loving relationship.
I found myself enthralled as well as horrified; it was
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE GIRL AND THE TIGER is such an important book because people don't (can't, really) care about things they know nothing about. To know, to understand, is to care. And this book lays out why we should care. How we're all affected.
It's a sad book in the sense that the problems don't end when I reach the resolution at the end of the book. When I turn the last page. Corrupt governments still exist. Overpopulation. Pollution. Loss of habitat for animals. Loss of homes for tribals/natives.
There's s
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Hello! I’m Paul Rosolie, author of Mother of God (2014), and The Girl and the Tiger (2019).

Growing up my parents read me Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, James Herriot, White Fang by Jack London and more. Because I am dyslexic it took me a long time to learn to read, much longer than other kids. So being read to was really important. It wasn’t until I was an adult tha

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