Tiger Rising

Finalist, National Book Awards 2001 for Young People's Literature

2001 Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo book cover
ISBN 9780763609115
Candlewick Press
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Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures was on the National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature in 2013, and she was a National Book Award Finalist for the same category in 2001 for The Tiger Rising. More about this author >

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Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger—a real-life, very large tiger—pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things—like memories, and heartache, and tigers—can’t be locked up forever.