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Music for Tigers

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Shipped halfway around the world to spend the summer with her mom’s eccentric Australian relatives, middle schooler and passionate violinist Louisa is prepared to be resentful. But life at the family’s remote camp in the Tasmanian rainforest is intriguing, to say the least. There are pig-footed bandicoots, scary spiders, weird noises and odors in the night, and a quirky bo ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Pajama Press
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
This is a lovely story for middle-grade readers with an interest in threatened and endangered species, or just nature in general. The tigers in the title are not really tigers at all. They are technically thylacines, doglike marsupials with stripes on their backs, hence the common name "Tasmanian tigers." If you harbor fantasies of someday spotting an animal that is believed to be extinct, this book may fuel your hopes. It does happen occasionally that someone finds a living member of a species ...more
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When I was in middle school, I helped out as a library aide. You got to take out as many books as you wanted, and you got to play as much Oregon Trail as you wanted. I lost count of how many times I took out the Guinness’s Book of World Animal Records. It was that book that first introduced me to the thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger).

Kadarusman’s young adult novel is about Louisa who much rather be practicing for an audition yet finds herself visiting her mother’s fam
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You’ll be transported to the lush Tasmanian rainforest of Australia where curiosity and wonder abound underneath giant ferns and eucalyptus. At first, Louisa, a talented violinist, was hesitant to spend the summer with an uncle that she has never met so far away from her Toronto home. Very quickly though, she becomes entranced by her surroundings, the animals, and a journal that belonged to her great-grandmother that reveals a rich-family history of steadfast conservation efforts for Tasmanian t ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks very much to Pajama Press and my friends at my ARC sharing group, Book Portage for a copy of this new book from Michelle Kadarusman, whose Girl of the Southern Sea I really enjoyed (It was also nominated for the Governor General award in Canada). This story takes place in Tasmania. Louisa is a Canadian but is sent to Tasmania to stay with relatives and discovers what appears to be an animal who is thought to be extinct. Her explorations of the wild and discoveries of things inside nature ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Music for Tigers is a beautifully written middle grade novel that will warm the hearts of young readers. Lou grows by leaps and bounds when she is sent to spend the summer in Tasmania instead of practicing her violin. Readers will find themselves drawn into this beautiful story as Lou connects with her family roots and the Australian back country.
Laurie Hnatiuk
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2020
Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book for #bookportage.

I loved spending time and getting to know not only Louisa but her extended family in Tasmania Canadian author @michellekadarusman’s upcoming novel Music for Tigers will be a wonderful addition to classrooms and librarians and will be of interest to a wide range of readers which is one of its many strengths.

Louisa lives in Toronto but is being sent to Tasmania to spend the summer with her mother’s brother. Louisa does not want to
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book for #bookportage.

I'm a big fan of the author's writing so this book was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Louisa lives in Canada, but is sent to Tasmania to spend the summer with her mom's brother at their family bush camp while her parents are busy doing field research. Louisa's passion lies with music, particularly her violin, and she'd rather be at home practicing for an upcoming audition than in the middle
Jill Jemmett
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Louisa is sent to Tasmania to stay with her uncle for the summer when her parents go on a research trip. Her Uncle Ruff lives in a remote camp where he looks after a variety of wild animals. He gives Louisa a journal belonging to her great-grandmother, who rescued Tasmanian tigers. Even though Tasmanian tigers were thought to be extinct for centuries, Louisa’s family knows that they are secretly around the island. Now, Louisa is the only one who holds the secret to rescuing the remaining tiger.

Karen McKenna
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! It immediately inspired me to learn more about Tasmania, the Tarkine forest, and the wildlife there. I loved learning about bandicoots, Tasmanian tigers, and devils. I admit that I knew next to nothing about this beautiful part of the world. I was inspired to learn more, and realized this would be a great read aloud for students in my 3rd grade class next year before beginning our information unit and animal reports because the story inspires you to learn about animals you ne ...more
Louisa wants nothing more than to practice playing the violin back home in Canada, but her mother has shipped her off to Tasmania to stay with her uncle. She's not impressed by him or by the large spiders that fill the cabin where she is to stay. Eventually, as she reads the remains of a journal kept by her great-grandmother, Eleanor, Louisa realizes why her uncle behaves as he does and the special charge that her family has taken on to preserve the Tasmanian tigers, a species long thought to be ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2020
In a single word: brilliant.

From start to finish, Music for Tigers is absolutely brilliant.

The power of Kadarusman's story telling of Louisa discovering truths of her family, world, and self, is intricately interwoven with discussions of deforestation, species extinction, effects of mining, neurodiversity and the difficulties that arise from being neurally diverse, childhood anxiety, normalizing cognitve behavioral therapy, the strength of family, friends, and nature.

Music for Tigers is a book
Storytime With Stephanie
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are books that grip you from page one and transport you right into the story. The author takes you on a journey and drops you right in the middle of their story, Michelle Kadarusman has this particular magic in her writing. Never have I read one of her beautiful books and not been completely captivated, almost always reading them in one sitting.

Music for Tigers is her incredible new story, set in the Tasmanian rainforest, about family, legacy, friendship, and environmentalism. Michelle Kad
Tara Elliott
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book was magical in the way it transported me to a part of the world I will never likely get to but through these pages. The characters felt like I really knew them and loved them all for their unique personalities, both human and animal. I loved this book and would give it more stars if I could. Thank you Michelle Kadarusman for this amazing book.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and covers important topics like conservation, history, ASD, and anxiety. It was a great fictional story, but also very educational. The descriptions the author used really transported the reader. The book accomplishes so much from character development to an interesting plot in a relatively short book.
Michelle Kadarusman
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Advance Reading Copy of my story Music for Tigers is out! I am so excited to share this story with you, set in my homeland of Australia. It is a coming of age story, but also a love letter to nature the importance of taking care of our environment and all its creatures. I hope you enjoy spending time in the Tasmanian rainforest with me.
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable read!! Great setting and interesting story line. Makes me want to visitTasmania!
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and Myrick Marketing and Media, LLC Pajama Press for an ARC of Music for Tigers. I am giving an honest opinion in exchange for a copy of the book. As a sixth grade reading teacher, I am thrilled to highly recommend this story. Very rarely do we find a book that fits so many niches for a vast amount of middle school readers. For reluctant readers, the unique setting and mystery will draw them into the story. The reader immediately feels at home and enthralled with Tasmania. ...more
Angela Blount
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central:

3.5 Stars

A vividly descriptive Middle-Grade work with an ecological focus--enriched by elements of music, friendship, and atypical neurology.

When her parents get busy with work, Canadian-born Louisa is shipped off to spend the summer with an uncle she's never met--in the Tarkine forests of Tasmania. Initially, Louisa is agonizingly disinterested in everything outside of her drive to practice her violin. Her uncle
Read this to see if it would be a good fit for my 10-year-old niece, and ended up quite enjoying it. My mother is Australian, and I visited there several times as a child, so this brought back some fond memories.

The story follows a Canadian girl named Louisa, who spends a summer visiting her uncle in the Tarkine forest of Tasmania. There she learns how her great grandmother once rescued a thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, an animal that is now extinct—or is it, the novel asks. While there, she befr
Katelyn Spedden
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Music for Tigers is a fantastic coming of age story. There are many different things dealt with In the novel and they all flow together so well. It’s crazy knowing that there were animals that were abundant at one time and people deciding they were pests killed them off. And yes you know that there aren’t really tigers running around Tasmania and that no one has noticed them yet but it is a wonderful thought thi
Misty  Miller
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Music for Tigers gracefully unlocks adventure while expressing an underlying mystery. Louisa or Lou is sent to spend the summer in Australia – in a remote part of Tasmanian to be exact. For this music loving, violin playing, middle schooler, nothing could be further from where she would like to be. The fact it is to spend the summer with an uncle she has never met only makes matters worse.
At the beginning of the story Lou has a one-track mind – practicing the violin. Can she see past her own de
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing and fantastic book! I have enjoyed Michelle Kadarusman's writing before, and loved this title as well. I read Music for Tigers in one sitting, punctuated only by pausing to google images of the various creatures mentioned in the book. I was fascinated with the idea of a family legacy of caring for endangered creatures, and it brought to mind often the Endling books by Katherine Applegate - a completely different genre of books, to be sure, but also stories that deal with extin ...more
Tanya #TeacherReader
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written almost lyrical (musical) story. There are so many themes that will appeal to middle grade readers--Australia, conservation, extinct/endangered animals, friendship, music, neurodiversity, and more. This is actually my first summer reading book of 2020 and I can’t wait to have some students read it for feedback, but now I have to wait until the fall.

When Louisa arrives to stay with her Uncle Ruf in Tasmania at the family’s wilderness sanctuary, she is suffering anxie
I absolutely loved this and can't wait to include it in my middle grades book recommendation newsletter and tell all of my students about it in the fall! Louisa's time in Tasmania captured my attention right from the beginning and left me wanting to learn about the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and more about animals that seem to return from extinction. Such a beautiful story.

Quotes I want to remember...
"When people don't understand something, they tend to generalize and use labels, like 'weir
Kristin Crouch
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Music for Tigers is the story of a reluctant visitor to the Tasmanian rainforest. Not wanting to abandon her music, she brings her violin along to meet a whole new cast of characters in her life. When her uncle hands her the journals of her great-grandmother, Lou realizes she has more in common with this woman than she could have imagined.
A story of family, conservation, and kindness, Music for Tigers captured my attention and then my heart.
Highly recommend! I think it may even be the first re
Forest of Reading, Silver Birch Fiction Nominee. Read aloud and recorded, cover to cover, for my students, since access to paper copies is tough this year with quarantine protocols. Will they appreciate my efforts? Who knows. I appreciate the publisher and author for granting me permission to create these recordings!

The book itself was fantastic. The setting was gorgeous. the plot had just enough in it to propel the reader forward. I thought the theme of neurodiversity and friendship was well ha
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

Young aspiring musician Louisa isn’t sure about the phrase “fair dinkum” when she visits from Canada and hears her Australian uncle use it in the early days of her visit with him at a camp in the wilds of Tasmania. The phrase signifies not only approval but a warm vote of confidence. It can be applied to many aspects of Governor General’s award nominated author Michelle Kadarusman’s third middle grade novel, Music For Tigers.

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I really loved the setting in Tasmania, the endangered species theme and the characters. It was a quickly moving story where I learned a lot about the Tasmania tiger. Louisa a young violinist from Canada is sent to spend the summer with her Uncle Ruff in Tasmania where is he a caretaker of a remote camp that protects endangered species of bandicoots and possibly (?) tasmanian tigers. Louisa is reluctant to go but this summer adventure changes Louisa in many ways. She learns of her family history ...more
Martha Meyer
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Louisa, a passionate middle school violinist, is sent to the Tasmanian forest (from Canada) to live with her uncle, a naturalist. Despite the disruption to her practice schedule, she discovers the joy learning about new species and even makes a new friend. Species extinction and deforestation are the backdrop to Louisa's participation in a family secret that also begins to heal her. Fascinating and full of compassion, this book is a joy. ...more
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Michelle Kadarusman is a middle-grade children's author, her novels include The Theory of Hummingbirds, Girl of the Southern Sea and Music for Tigers. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived in Indonesia and Canada. Her novels have earned many nominations and honors, including the Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards, Green Earth Books Awards, USBBY Outstanding International ...more

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