The National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE - now in paperback 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... read more
Rob and his father are struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of Rob's mother. They have moved, and Rob is dealing with bullies and an oblivious principal at his new school, while his father is working a dead end job as a hotel maintainance man. His only friend is Willie May, the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Rob and his father are struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of Rob's mother. They have moved, and Rob is dealing with bullies and an oblivious principal at his new school, while his father is working a dead end job as a hotel maintainance man. His only friend is Willie May, the hotel maid. That all changes when he meets Sistine Bailey, and he is asked by the hotel owner to feed a tiger. Sistine is dealing with her own problems after her parents divorce, but instead of bottling up her feelings, she shows them with her fists. He takes care of the tiger and then shows Sistene.
Then Rob remembered the name of the feeling that was pushing up inside him, filling him full to overflowing. It was happiness. That was what it was called.Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
Ain’t nobody going to come and rescue you,” said Willie May. She opened the car door and sat down behind the wheel. “You got to rescue yourself. You understand what I mean?”Highlighted by 24 Kindle customers
He thought for a minute about one of the not-wishes he had buried deepest: a friend.Highlighted by 20 Kindle customers
He was afraid that if he started wishing, he might not be able to stop. In his suitcase of not-thoughts, there were also not-wishes. He kept the lid closed on them, too.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
He made all his feelings go inside the suitcase; he stuffed them in tight and then sat on the suitcase and locked it shut. That was the way he not-thought about things. Sometimes it was hard to keep the suitcase shut. But now he had something to put on top of it. The tiger.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
Rob liked the sign; he harbored a dim but abiding notion that it would bring him good luck.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
He was orange and gold and so bright, it was like staring at the sun itself, angry and trapped in a cage.Highlighted by 18 Kindle customers
He was the best not-crier in the world. It drove Norton and Billy Threemonger wild. And today, Rob had the extra power of the tiger. All he had to do was think about it, and he knew there was no way he would cry. Not ever.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
If God was going to talk through somebody, it made sense to Rob that he would pick Willie May.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
Rob imagined the tiger on top of his suitcase, blinking his golden eyes, sitting proud and strong, unaffected by all the not-thoughts inside straining to come out.Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
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