The Tiger Rising
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."
Kate DiCamillo says of THE TIGER RISING, "Rob Horton first showedup in a short story I was writing. I finished the story, but apparentlyRob wasn t finished with me. He hung around for weeks afterward, haunting the other stories I was working on. Finally, I said to him, What in the world do you want? And he said, I know where there sa tiger. Like Sistine, I said one word back to him, Where? THE TIGERRISING is how Rob Horton answered me.""