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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,844 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate DiCamillo Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 some things—like memories, and heartache, and tigers—can’t be locked up forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delicate but surprisingly powerful novella.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Spurred by the tiger, events collide to break Rob out of his silent introspection, to form a new friendship with Sistine, a new understanding with his father, and most important, to lighten his heart. This novel is about cages—the consequences of escape as well as imprisonment. The story and symbolism are clear as a bell, and the emotions ring true.”


  • “DiCamillo demonstrates her versatility by treating themes similar to those of her first novel with a completely different approach.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This slender story is lush with haunting characters and spare descriptions, conjuring up vivid images.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The very real tiger functions exquisitely as a symbol for these two damaged children, as do the carvings Rob whittles with the skill his mama gave him…The story deftly shows the anxiety and suspense of getting close to someone after experience has taught you that may not be safe to do. DiCamillo’s gorgeous language wastes not a single word: spare and taut her sentences spin out, with the Florida mist rising off them, and unspoken words finally said aloud.”


  • Finalist for the 2001 National Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mallory | 2/20/2014

    " Currently reading for my reading/language arts class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Spence | 2/17/2014

    " This was the first chapter book I read to my 7 year old. It started out really good and my son kept telling me how great I did chosing this. He always liked it but I didn't like the direction the book took. Didn't really seem like a kids book. If I was reading this for me I might have liked it a lot more but since I was reading it to my son it wasn't my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scheucla0 | 2/8/2014

    " I reccomend this book because if you think about it it is about "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tina | 2/8/2014

    " This is my least favorite of her books, but I know people who really liked it. "

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