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Tiger, Tiger

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,137 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Two tiger cub brothers are torn from the jungle and taken to Rome. The stronger cub is trained as a killer at the Coliseum. Emperor Caesar makes a gift of the smaller cub to his beautiful daughter, Aurelia. She adores her cub, Boots, and Julius, a young animal keeper, teaches her how to earn the tiger's trust. Boots is pampered while his brother, known as Brute, lives in a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 195 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by Laurel Leaf (first published 2004)
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Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages ten and up
I really enjoyed this book! It is historical fiction set in Rome around 3rd century AD. Two tiger cubs are captured and brought to Rome. One is given to the emperor's daughter to be raised as her pampered pet. The other brother is taught to be a vicious man-eating fighter at the Colosseum. While there is description of the gladiators and animals slaughtering each other, there is also innocent, forbidden love between the princess and a slave. It demonstrates the social structure of Rome very vivi ...more
Grace Crandall
Alright, this book was...odd. There's a lot about it I really liked, but the threads of plot seemed to sprawl around aimlessly instead of pulling together into any cohesive story. Sometimes that works for me, but in this book it just...didn't.
The premise itself is very, very cool. the story follows a pair of tiger cubs captured by Roman traders and sold seperately--one going to the arena, where it's trained up to be fierce, hateful, and aggressive, and the other given to the emperor's daughter
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This was historical fiction for kids. I could see my girls loving this if they were younger....princesses and tigers for pets. They would eat that up. This was a story of 2 tigers (brothers) and the different lives they led once they were captured. One was a pampered pet, the other was sent to fight for entertainment. The ending was not just a little vague, but a lot vague. For being a kids book, I would think it would have been wrapped up a little neater. Just sayin'. I would have been bombarde ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought this was a decent YA book set in Ancient Rome. The beginning was a bit slow and I considered putting it aside. However, it is a short book so I decided to continue. I'm glad I did. The second half of the book was much more interesting to me.

I do recommend this book to anyone that likes YA and is interested in Roman stories and the Coliseum. I felt bad for the animals in the book and their were some mildly gory parts, as you would imagine. If you are very sensitive to animal cruelty or
Robert Kent
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tiger, Tiger is historical fiction that while written with younger readers in mind, like the best middle grade works, is a book meant to be enjoyed by adults as well. The trick, as always, is a good story well-told, and content that would be of interest to any reader at any stage in their life.

It's obvious Banks means for children to read her book as she slows down for them on occasion:

To launch the entertainment, two tall, splendid gladiators were set to fight, one armed with a sword and the o
Carolyn  C.
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone - if children, older
Recommended to Carolyn by: Cori
Listened to this book on c/!! The reader was fabulous!! I had the opportunity to visit the coliseum in Rome and reading this historical novel about the "entertainment" that went on in this arena was nothing short of amazing!! People are just down right bloodhthirsty...back in the time of ancient Rome and I'm sorry to say today also (look at TV and movies now!!). Although written for youth, the author did not sugar-coat the brutality of the "circus." Personally, it pretty much broke my hea ...more
Colleen Houck
Loved this book. It reminds me a lot of the movie Two Brothers. Not sure if the film was based on this book or not but the stories are surprisingly similar. A great quick read for tiger fans!
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Anne Marie
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Boo's review (7) ...I loved this book and I give it all 5 stars. It's really, really good because a princess gets to have a tiger as a pet. You may want to miss the arena chapters because they are really, really gross and it made me sad.....except for the end part at the arena, because that was cool. My favorite part was the ending and even if you skip the other arena stuff because it's shouldn't miss the ending because it works out great for the tiger. I learned that even though ...more
Mr. Steve
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a super good historical fiction book taking place in ancient Rome. My concern is that I believe the title and cover will draw in animal lovers who would be mortified by the realistically brutal scenes in this book.
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Lynne Reid Banks is a British author of books for children and adults. She has written forty books, including the best-selling children's novel The Indian in the Cupboard, which has sold over 10 million copies and been made into a film.
Banks was born in London, the only child of James and Muriel Reid Banks. She was evacuated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada during World War II but returned after
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“That it's possible to be against the circus, not because you're afraid to die there, but because it's wicked and wrong.
~Aurelia, 152”
“What did I tell you when you were little girl? The only way we women can get through our lives honorably is with courage and resignation, both.
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