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by L. S. Matthews

Published by Delacorte, 2004
183 pages
ISBN: 0-385-73180-9

Ages 10-13

Tiger lives in an unidentified country, where his western aid-worker parents help the local people cope with drought, devastating rainfall, poverty, famine and warfare. When the escalating fighting nears their home, the family heads for the border on foot, led by a native guide. Their journey is complicated by a passenger; a fish Tiger found in a mud puddle after a recent storm. Tiger knows Fish will die when the water dries up, and convinces his parents to let him cart it along in a cooking pot. As they struggle with harsh climate, dwindling food supplies, and a harrowing run-in with a trio of armed men, Fish's safety is never far from Tiger's thoughts. Although this contemporary tale succeeds at story level, the skillful use of symbolism and metaphor transforms it into a strong literary novel. Fish's continued existence is clearly linked to the well-being of Tiger and his family. Tiger's selfless behavior, which echoes that of his parents and the Guide, ultimately embodies a theme of hope for humanity. (MVL) 2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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