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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo


Book Summary

Still reeling from the loss of his mother, Rob is struggling to feel normal again.  He meets Sistine, a girl determined never to be normal.  Together they face bus bullies, imperfect families, and a decision about a remarkable secret.

Book Review

This is a serious book, which may be better suited for small group discussion than independent reading recommendations. The symbolism is accessible to middle grade readers, but they may not appreciate the language use without directed study, Sistine is a strong character, and Rob's journey, especially the relationship with his almost-silent father, is interesting to examine. This is not a page-turning humor romp that invites mass appeal, but it does invite re-reading and thoughtful reflection.

The Tiger Rising book cover
The Tiger Rising

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Bullying
  • Friendships
  • Loss of a Parent; Grief
  • Having a Secret
  • Talking Through Problems
  • Risk-Taking; Courage

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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