The Tiger Rising
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.
This is a beautifully written book, like much of this author's work. This title does not fly off the shelves for independent reading in my classes. It's perhaps better suited for small group discussion to help make the symbolism, topics, and vocabulary more accessible to middle grade readers. 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.
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