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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,025 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Willis Holt Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307737960
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Tiger Ann Parker is smart in school and good at baseball, but she's forever teased about her family by the girls in class. Tiger Ann knows her folks are different from others in their small town of Saitter, Louisiana. They are mentally slow, and Tiger Ann keeps her pain and embarrassment hidden as long as her strong and smart Granny runs the household. Then Granny dies suddenly and Aunt Dorie Kay arrives, offering Tiger Ann a way out. Now Tiger Ann must make the most important decision of her life.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Making an unusually auspicious debut, Holt offers a unique coming-of-age tale . . . readers . . . will admire [Tiger's] courage, loyalty and love for her parents. Publisher Weekly, Starred
  • Holt . . . eases the action along with a low-key, unpretentious plot . . . uncannily credible characters. The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
  • Tiger has a distinctive voice, and her subtle observations include an increasing awareness of those marginalized by difference of class, race, and intelligence. The Bulletin, Recommended
  • A 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Morgan | 2/16/2014

    " RRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyy good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/12/2014

    " A great YA read about family and what's really important in life. Even though it's for younger readers, the author doesn't talk down at all - it's well written, with beautiful imagery and language, and therefore enjoyable to read as an adult. It is a shorter read, with a simple plot (which is why it's 4 and not 5 stars as an adult reader), but still very worthwhile. This is a book I'd own for my kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/11/2014

    " A very unique story with a strong female character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/9/2014

    " I had read this book when I was in middle school. I remember really liking it back then so I decided to reread to see if I had the same feeling. I liked it just as much but, I think I had more of an understanding on what I was actually reading this time around. A beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 2/6/2014

    " I love this book. This tells the story of a sweet girl and the struggle to live with two mentally disabled parents. I really thought it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/4/2014

    " I didnt think this book would be that great but it is AMAZING!i love it...if u like Cold SASsy tree than u will like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 1/27/2014

    " Oh, this was such a sweet little tale all about Tiger Ann and her rural life. The movie was quite enjoyable also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 1/24/2014

    " I wasn't too sure about this book when I started it because it was about a couple of Louisianians the narrator called "retarded", but it ended up being a pretty cute story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " A beautiful story, all of her books are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 12/30/2013

    " One of the best fiction books I've read all year! This is a sweet and touching story that anyone who's been a kid can relate to. Sometimes I think I like children's fiction better than YA (or even adult) fiction because you get a sweet, heartfelt story without all the drama and obnoxious dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/24/2013

    " Beautiful audio presentation for a wonderfully tender coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 12/1/2013

    " sweet, nice, sends a goood message "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " This is considered a juvenille fiction book, but I really liked it a lot. I didn't think it was overly juvenille. It was a fun quick read. I tend to like any story about a cute little southern town. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariela Patino | 11/19/2013

    " My Lousiana sky is a beautiful story depicting the life of 12-year-old Tiger. With her mother and father being mentally challenged, it is hard for her to fit in her town and make friends. It only takes one summer for Tiger to realize what really matters in her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 9/16/2013

    " One word: PERFECT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Winkler | 5/24/2013

    " set in the late 50s, this novel is my favorite type of realistic fiction--it's actually realistic! the characters are fully-realized and the story rings true throughout. same author did "when zachary beaver came to town" which is also beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/13/2013

    " Good coming of age story. Tiger needed to figure out what was important in her life-family or fitting in. Unique circumstances in the story, but something we can all still relate with. Great for tween girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 9/21/2012

    " it made me cry. the girl who feels her mother is childish and should grow up suddenly learns that its not her fault. but then her mother like grandmother dies and she learns the secret she wonders who all knew. who all knew when i never knew "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay Reinberg | 8/28/2012

    " A few parts that are inappropriate for 4th/5th graders, be sure you are the only one who reads aloud(not a parent/guest reader) and do not post on the doc camera "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/15/2012

    " Good story, good writing, but not sure current middle schoolers would get into it. Story takes place in 1957 in rural Louisiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shell :O) | 1/8/2012

    " This was one of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 5/26/2011

    " This is a great read for young teen girls, or anyone pre-teen and up. Tiger's parents are intellectually challenged. Grandma takes care of everything. Dad is slow, but has more common sense that most people. I think this book is a must. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/30/2011

    " Made me cry but is such a touching story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Best | 2/9/2011

    " This was a great book with a stong plot. I really enjoyed every minute of this book. If you like heart wrenching yet soft stories, this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devyani | 12/12/2010

    " I read it a while ago, but I loved it. It was beautiful and touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/11/2010

    " FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/8/2010

    " Made me cry but is such a touching story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baranie | 9/24/2010

    " Read this since my 5th grader's class is reading it. Great story about a girl with two mentally challenged parents growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/13/2010

    " This is one of Ashley's favorite books. I read it because I wanted to see what kind of book she likes. It was a sweet story and I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 4/2/2010

    " OK. Not really recommendable. I wouldn't bother wiht it, except for now I' a good ways into the story. "

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About the Author
Author Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series and several award-winning novels, including Part of Me, Keeper of the Night, My Louisiana Sky, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. A former Navy brat, she lived all over the world as a child, and now resides in West Texas with her family.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.