The Tiger Rising
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A National Book Award finalist by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo.
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. Featuring a new cover illustration by Stephen Walton.
on a blanket, staring up at a big oak tree. His mother had been on one side of him, and his father, asleep and snoring, had been on the other. He remembered that his mother had taken hold of his hand and pointed up at the sun shining through the leaves of the tree and said, "Look, Rob, I have never in my life seen a prettier color of green. Ain't it perfect?" "Yes, ma'am," he said, staring at the leaves. "It looks like the original green. The first one God ever thought up." His mother squeezed
He cuffed Rob on the ear. "What are you staring at, disease boy? Come on," he said to Billy. And together, they swaggered up the aisle of the bus and sat in the seat behind the new girl. They whispered things to her, but Rob couldn't hear what they were saying. He thought about the Sistine Chapel. He had seen a picture of it in the big art book that Mrs. Dupree kept on a small shelf behind her desk in the library. The pages of the book were slick and shiny. And each picture made Rob feel cool
them walked through the woods in silence. Sistine and Rob chewed Eight Ball gum, and Willie May smoked a cigarette, and nobody said a word. "Lord God," said Willie May when they came up to the cage. She stared at the pacing animal. "Ain't no reason to doubt the fierceness of God when He make something like that," she said. "Who was the fool that caged this tiger up?" "He belongs to Beauchamp," Rob told her. "Beauchamp," said Willie May with disgust. She shook her head. "One person in the world
we'll have you come back to school when your legs have cleared up. What do you think about that plan?" Rob stared down at his legs. He felt the picture of the tiger burning in his pocket. He concentrated on keeping his heart from singing out loud with joy. "Yes, sir," he said slowly, "that would be all right" "That's right," said Mr. Phelmer. "I thought you would think it's a good plan. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll just write your parents--I mean your father-- a note, and tell him what's
class because he had to walk from the gym all the way to the front of the school. And he did not know where his drawing of the tiger was, but he still had Mr. Phelmer's note in his back pocket and that was all that truly mattered to him, the note that proved that he would never have to come back. 22 Chapter 7 It turned out to be an extraordinary day in almost every possible way. It started with finding the tiger, and it ended with Sistine Bailey sitting down next to him on the bus on the way