The Tiger Rising is the tale of 12-year-old Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the Kentucky Star Motel where he lives with his dad. Join the adventure as he learns to control his feelings and meets new friends.
The characters will tug at your heart. Rob and his father moved to Lister, Florida, to try to begin life a new without Rob's mother, who recently died from cancer.
"He made all his feelings go inside the suitcase; he stuffed them in tight and then sat on the suitcase and locked it shut." Rob’s sadness permeates the story; even the weather, with its constant dreary drizzle is sad. With the arrival of a new student, Sistine Bailey, Rob's self-contained world begins to crumble. He and Sistine are both friendless and victims of the cruelty often shown outsiders at school.
This story deals with the tough issues of death, grieving, and the great accompanying sadness, and has every student waiting to see what the finale is going to be.