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Tears of a Tiger [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharon M. Draper
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Feb. 1 1996 Hazelwood High Trilogy (Book 1)
When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together.

As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

Sharon M. Draper has interwoven characters and events from her previous novel, Tears of a Tiger, in this unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.

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From Publishers Weekly

A high school basketball star struggles with guilt and depression following the drunk-driving accident that killed his best friend. Short chapters and alternating viewpoints provide "raw energy and intense emotion," said PW. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 7 Up--In the second book of Sharon M. Draper's trilogy (Atheneum, 1994) about teens faced with grim and realistic situations in a contemporary urban high school, star basketball player Andy Jackson can't recover from the depression building in him after his drunk driving resulted in the death of his friend, Rob. About half a dozen actors share the reading of this emotionally taut narrative which unfolds in conversations, notes, reports, and other documents. Andy, his teammates, his girlfriend, his parents, and his little brother each present both their observations and their concerns as Andy moves from shock to depression and finally to suicide in the wake of his grief. The revelation of Andy's failed attempts to get help for himself is especially keen, and the relationships among these variously mature characters is insightfully genuine. While Draper's characters are distinct and well realized, the cast of readers alternate between assuming specific roles and reading full passages in a single voice without regard to its variety of characters, making it difficult for listeners to associate specific tones and rhythms with these characters. To further muddy listener perceptions, the audio publisher has released the three titles in the trilogy (Forged by Fire, Tears of a Tiger, and Darkness Before Dawn) in a different chronology and makes reference on the packaging that this title is the first. The trailer at the end of the recording suggests listeners might want to listen to Cry, the Beloved Country or Harriet Tubman next, odd alternatives in place of Darkness Before Dawn(Recorded Books, 2002) which begins where this novel ends. Strong reading and Draper's excellent storytelling, however, outweigh the inattention to detail, making this an audiobook important to all collections for teens.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever July 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sharon M. Draper's Tears of a Tiger is the story of an unraveling black teenager who goes through a lot of pain, stress, and trauma. Sharon M. Draper writes in such a way that her literature literally brings tears to your eyes. This book describes bonds between friendship and love in a spectacular way. Tears of a Tiger presents the readers with lessons about drunk-driving and love.
17-year-old Andy Jackson discovers a world of depression when he and three other friends live a fatal car-accident. Andy, Rob, Tyrone and B.J. are four friends who celebrate after success in a high-school basketball game. All except B.J. drink during their ride on the car, even the driver, Andy. The likely conclusion that would occur happened, Andy crashed the car. All survived but Rob.
After Rob's death, Andy starts to go into a world of his own where he faces a lot of problems. He feels that Rob's death was his fault because he caused the car to crash. Without Andy, Rob wouldn't have been dead. That's not Andy's only problem. Andy's been having a lot of problems with his girlfriend. Andy's girlfriend, Keisha doesn't seem to like the fact that Andy has been in his own world. Lately she has noticed that Andy ignores her and starts being more and more of a pain. After they break up something terrible happens. If you read the book you'll find out.
This book was written in such a way that it was hard to put down. The author's style made you want to keep on reading. Each chapter was very unique. There were chapters that were newspaper articles and also phone conversations. By reading this book, I thought the author was a very creative person.
Tears of a Tiger is one of those books that the reader can generate a lot of thought. This book is filled with connection to the real world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever!!!!!! July 4 2004
By Anika
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sharon M. Draper's Tears of a Tiger is the story of an unraveling black teenager who goes through a lot of pain, stress, and trauma. Sharon M. Draper writes in such a way that her literature literally brings tears to your eyes. This book describes bonds between friendship and love in a spectacular way. Tears of a Tiger presents the readers with lessons about drunk-driving and love.
17-year-old Andy Jackson discovers a world of depression when he and three other friends live a fatal car-accident. Andy, Rob, Tyrone and B.J. are four friends who celebrate after success in a high-school basketball game. All except B.J. drink during their ride on the car, even the driver, Andy. The likely conclusion that would occur happened, Andy crashed the car. All survived but Rob.
After Rob's death, Andy starts to go into a world of his own where he faces a lot of problems. He feels that Rob's death was his fault because he caused the car to crash. Without Andy, Rob wouldn't have been dead. That's not Andy's only problem. Andy's been having a lot of problems with his girlfriend. Andy's girlfriend, Keisha doesn't seem to like the fact that Andy has been in his own world. Lately she has noticed that Andy ignores her and starts being more and more of a pain. After they break up something terrible happens. If you read the book you'll find out.
This book was written in such a way that it was hard to put down. The author's style made you want to keep on reading. Each chapter was very unique. There were chapters that were newspaper articles and also phone conversations. By reading this book, I thought the author was a very creative person.
Tears of a Tiger is one of those books that the reader can generate a lot of thought. This book is filled with connection to the real world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the frustrating book May 12 2004
Format:Hardcover
My book tears of a tiger is talking about how some boys went for a basket ball game. After a new paper article was written saying how a 17-year-old boy called Robert Washington was killed in a ghastly car accident caused by his friend Jackson. His friend who was the driver of the car, which they were in, he was drinking beer when they were driving. Two of his friends were in the accident but were treated and released, Jackson tired to save his friend but while they watch their friend die helplessly. After that this friends, teammate, and staff made his memorial service that was held. Andy was doing in school he had bad grades. Andy goes to see the psychologist telling him about his problem he had in the ghastly car accident how Rob also died. his english Teacher was concern about Andy's notes, and how he was acting or his behavior. Monty the little brother of Andy who thought that whites are better than blacks. He saw his brother as a strong Tiger meanwhile Tigers sometimes cries. After this teachers started talking about Andy's behavior going out of hand and he had changed from good to bad.
My opinion about this book Tears of a Tiger is one of the best books I have ever read it is sorrowful and interesting to read. This book has a good starting a bad ending. Has anyone ever kill himself out of frustration? Read this book and you will understand what I am saying, buy this book then you will know what I am saying. Thanks and have a nice reading time bye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tears of the hard life May 12 2004
Format:Hardcover
Tears of a Tiger is a very interesting book. This book is about some young boys who played in a basketball team. After a game they drove a car home (Andy's car). They were drinking beer when they were driving, then they had an accident where one of the boys died. The boy's name was Rob, who was one of the best friends of Andy. The other two boys in the back of the car escape from the car. Andy who was driving escaped after the accident, but Rob didn't, so he died in the car burned. After the accident Andy felt responsible of the dead of Rob. He got mad with everybody and sad, also with Keisha his girlfriend who just tried to help him. His family tried to help him too. His father wanted a good life for his son, his friends tried to help him. His little brother Monty saw Andy like a tiger, but at that time Monty saw the tiger cry. Nothing helped Andy, so he took the decision of. You can find the nest part in the book.
This book is good, because you can see how an accident changes your life and the life of all people around you. This book is for boys in the actuality. In the same problems that they have and the problems in their home. You have to read this book page by page to understand the main idea of the book. Read it is very good book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anthony's Review
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“Tears of a tiger” in my opinion is a very gripping book. It all starts with a high school teen named Robbie Washington. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doris Budhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears Of A Tiger
The main character of this book was Andy Jackson. After they won their Basketball game a few of the team went out got drunk and got in an accident and Robert Washington, the... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by english2vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars TIGERS CAN CRY.
Tears of a Tiger has to be the greatest book I ever read. This book talks abut a group of 4 friends that all of them play basketball at Hazelwood high school basketball team. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Jorge Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
The beginning of this book instantly has you craving for more. The book is very realistic with the slang and the everyday situations. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am 16 years old.Therefore,I know how teenagers act.Sharon does a very good job of portraying us.We are deeply emotional,sometimes immature,and mostly good at heart-all of which... Read more
Published on April 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears of a Tiger
This was a great book it shows how Andy is suffering form an Automobile accident. In which Andy and two friends manage to exscape from the car before in cathchs on fire,but Robbie... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Eric Helton
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Standing
This book was umbelievably good. I was so into the book that I couldn't focuss on the basics and everytime I had gotten a chance to read it I didn't wan't to put it down. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Response to Literature
Whitney Hunter
Period 3

"Stop"
"Oh my god"
"He's gone forever"

Tears rolled down all the high schools eyes. Read more
Published on April 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I read this book for school in 8th grade. I never read much, this was probably the one book i read during school that i could get into. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Kyle MacLean
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