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Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.

Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes tha
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Paperback, 217 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)
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Mel (Epic Reading) It's a 650L.
Personally I think any 12-year-old with an average reading level can get through this book and enjoy it.
The subject matter is deep,…more
It's a 650L.
Personally I think any 12-year-old with an average reading level can get through this book and enjoy it.
The subject matter is deep, however, as a young teen when I read it I loved it and read it over and over again.
Excellent morals, take-aways and statements like any other Judy Blume book.

Young children of "today" may need a 'card catalogue' explained to them however, as there are no computers in this book. :) (less)
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Megan
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporary YA. Even so Tiger Eyes is a book which, I believe, still stands the test of time. This is the story of fifteen year old Davey, who has lived her entire life in Atlantic City with her parents and little brother. One night, Davey's father is shot to death during a robbery while working at his grocery store. In attempt to get their lives back together ...more
sana  °¤°
1st time reading: 4 stars.
2nd time reading: rating to come

On hold @ pg 114. I spilled my ice cream shake on this and this is boring me. I'll continue this some other time.

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This is a reread because I was organizing my bookshelf and came across my old copy of this AND I READ THE WORD WOLF AND I JUST HAD TO REREAD IT OKAY? This was also my first Judy Blume book which I remember loving.
Erin
I have never read a Judy Blume book before, and I felt vaguely embarrassed when I checked this out from the library. There's no nostalgic link for me to any of Blume's books, so I'll admit I was worried about how I would like this book.

But all you Blume-hards (what?) can relax about the three star rating up there, because when I say I "liked" this book I really do mean it. The thing is, I became so invested in some of the plotlines that when they failed to reach a satisfying conclusion I felt li
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Adriana
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Book I read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. This book is an old favorite of mine, that I decided to re-read. I first read this book when I was about eleven years old, and decided to re-read it because I saw it in my nightstand table, when I was looking for a book I owed the school. The book takes place in New Jersey, where the main character fifteen year old Davey Wexler's father is murdered in Atlantic City, in a store that he works in. After her father is murdered Davey deals with the death ...more
Jennifer
Judy Blume actually signed this much-loved dog-eared paperback of mine and it is one of my most prized possessions. Sadly, I have tried giving it to tons of my 8th grade girls and they just aren't feeling it. But now that Twilight has made chastity hot, I may try it again!
Audra
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was in elementary school. Which now that I think about it, may have been too young. But I have always fancied myself an advanced reader, especially when I was younger. Let's start at the beginning, with the book's cover. When I read this, I used to stare at the cover between readings. I know there were different covers but this is the one I read over and over - it's a haunting picture. As marketing folks know, packaging can make or break a product and I am certain the sam ...more
Joe
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing this just days after some wretched little scumbag murdered 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, and that tragedy gives added dimension to this book: Davey, a 15-year-old white girl in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has to face something no child should have to deal with: the murder of her father. The situation could be another maudlin weeper, but in the hands of Judy Blume the story is concise and honest. Davey and her family go to Los Alamos, New Mexico, for recovery from the trauma.

Davey
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Trisha
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You have sad eyes, Tiger," he says. "A bright smile but sad eyes."

This was a very very well done story. Loss of a parent shouldn't be easy for any family. It should be messy and angry, full of secrets and tantrums and a lot of days spent NOT leaving your bed. I thought that was the best part of this book - that Davey was never perfect and she never tried to be. She didn't go through stages and she didn't handle things right.

Shuffled off to live in a strange area, Davey tries to find a new worl
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Liz Fichera
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless story. A teen dealing with love and loss told in a very authentic voice. The secondary characters were equally as authentic. A very relatable story, regardless of age.
Arixel
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***SPOILER ALERT***
It's crazy how in just a second, your life can change in an instant. You might even experience pain in this just one second. Well, the pain in this book is dealing with the loss of a family member. It's extremely hard to just think, "that person isn't here anymore." In this realistic fiction book, you will see how Davey continues to live her life, although it isn't easy.I enjoyed reading this book, every bit of it. Can you really fully move on from something that happened? I
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Sarah
I was a massive fan of Judy Blume as a teenager, at the time there weren't the huge range of YA books that we have now and she was one of the few writers that I could turn to when I wanted to read a book about teenagers with real problems, ones that I could relate to. Recently Judy Blume visited the UK and I got the chance to attend an event with her and I can't tell you how excited I was to meet the author who wrote some of my favourite childhood books. It had been a long time since I'd read an ...more
Jonathan
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-grades
Ever wondered how it feels like to lose a member of your family? In this book, Blume decribes a girl named Davey and how she managed to get on with her life after a critical incident that just occured. That day, Davey and Hugh, her boyfriend was at the backyard of her father's store making out. All of a sudden, they hear gunshots. It all happened too fast for either one of them to grab it. Ever since Davey's father was shot in the chest and killed, Davey never felt the way she does before. She f ...more
Cherylann
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when it was first published in paperback. As someone who grew up on Judy Blume (I think I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret for the first time in 3rd grade and about 100 times after), as a teen I was excited to see something new and something age appropriate get published. I remember liking the book (but it wasn't Margaret). I've now revisited the book 30 years after publication and probably 28 years after I read it the first time. In those 28 years, I grew up, moved away ...more
Amber
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book when I was 13 and enjoyed the book. It was about this girl named Davey who had to move with her little brother and mom to move in with their aunt and uncle in New Mexico after her father was killed in a robbery at his store. She then meets this mysterious guy named Wolf who knows how she is feeling and tries to help her move on. I recommend this to all fans of YA. There is even a movie of this book out on DVD and it was pretty good as well but be sure to read the book first befo ...more
Stephanie
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember this being my favourite Judy Blume book as a kid, and I read it again now after my daughter read it. Some heavier subjects like the death of a parent, other parent's struggle to cope, teenaged drinking, but it is well-done with likeable characters, and Blume really connects to young female readers.
Elena Luna
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''Cuando los lagartijos corren''
I read this book more than one month ago, and since then I've been thinking about how to write a good review. This book is amazing, so I wanted to write a good review for it. A review that can express how incredible this book is. And what it made me feel.
The first thing that called my attention was the cover page. A girl who looked my age. Tiger Eyes, I read. I looked at the girl again, those were not tiger eyes, those were sad eyes. It made me think of my grandma
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Lisa Gricius
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
I recently came across this edition at the Ogden Farmers' Library Annual used book sale. I was filling up a dollar bag on the last day, stuffing in as much as I could(and then some)! I couldn't wait to take this beautifully scripted Dell edition with Judy's 1980's yellow and black scroll home to my daughter who is entering into the realm of young adulthood. I was so excited, informing her that this was the edition I had and that she MUST READ IT!! NOW!! And of course, I was deflated when she loo ...more
Genevieve Chao
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel, “Tiger Eyes” by Judy Blume is a great book about how deal with something tragic and move on.I chose this book because I read the back and it sounded like a good story.
Davey, a high school girl from Atlantic City, New Jersey has just lost her father because he was shot when managing his store. Her mom, her brother, and her move temporarily to New Mexico to live with her aunt and uncle. One day Davey goes to a canyon to get her mind off things. While in the canyon she meets a boy name
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Amanda L
Oh, Judy Blume. A faggy apron. Really!?

But aside from that she deftly handles a young woman's grief and sustained growth in the wake of losing her father >>not a spoiler<<.

Even if only briefly, she astutely addresses the effect of patent-child role reversal that tends to become reality as all are confronting tragedy and the child experiences her parent's vulnerability for the first time. Overall, she handled the subject of death/grief very well and even left some issues and storyline
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Katie
Picked this up at Half Price Books since it's one of those books I feel like I should've read by now. I thought it was really great. And, you know, I knew Blume touched on "scandalous" things, but I was kind of surprised anyway by the (view spoiler). My childhood was so innocent! Or at least, oblivious.
Lesley
I remember reading this when I was 12 or 13 yrs old. Read this now for my 50 state challenge for new mexico. AS a preteen/teenager loved the Judy Blume books. As an adult reading it, it is definitely written for a younger reader but good story of death, loss, and new beginnings!
Vanessa
This book is excellent with detail and everything. I loved it!
is aout a girl that moves to another place and she meets a guy who is mysterious and she likes him
Shahd daghash
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ginny Deffendall
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally published in 1981. I have no idea why I never read it in my youth - I am of that generation after all.

Despite a few references to Jean Nate and a few other 1980's delights, this book is still incredibly relevant to today. And that is quite impressive. Judy Blume is the queen of YA and with great reason. This book is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.

4 stars!
Gulshan Naqvee
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book and the movie are like learning experiences.. How to stand again and pretty motivational. Judy Blume is the queen of teen emotions.
Cathy
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One step closer to having read every Judy Blume book.
Kristin Boldon
Finally got around to reading this. A solid page turner, though the teen alcoholism subplot got short shrift.
Julia
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and i think if the same people are going through was the main character is going through then it would help a little more. Davey doesn't want anything to change after her father gets shot in their shop that they own. they move down with their dads sister and her husband. Davey's mom can't handle her father being gone. So their dads sister helps out. Davey's mom meets someone but davy does not want then dating but soon she asks her to marry him. Davey doesn't want to go t ...more
Gina (My Precious Blog)
I read plenty of Judy Blume books growing up. I don't think many people would argue against she's a talented writer. I've always enjoyed her works and Tiger Eyes is no exception. In this story Davis (Davey) for short is trying the sort through the sudden, tragic loss of her young father. He was 34 years old when his convenience store was robbed and he was shot in cold blood. In the aftermath, her family crumbles. Forced to move to another state and live with her Aunt and Uncle, the family desper ...more
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