Tiger Eyes

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After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears. "This is a masterly novel."—Jean Fritz, The New York Times Book Review. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's ...

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Overview

After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears. "This is a masterly novel."—Jean Fritz, The New York Times Book Review. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

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Gr 7 Up—The most remarkable thing about Judy Blume's book (Atheneum, 1982) is how well it has stood the test of time-it's as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. This is the story of 15-year-old Davey who finds her father shot during a hold-up in his store. Davey and her mother have trouble coping with their violent loss, but when Davey begins to have panic attacks in school, her mother decides to move the family temporarily to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to stay with relatives. Living with her overly strict aunt and uncle makes Davey angry. When her mother starts dating, Davey is furious that her father could be forgotten so swiftly. Davey and her mother are both deep in the grieving process but working through it in very different ways. Too young to work, Davey volunteers at the hospital where she meets an elderly man dying of cancer. When she meets the man's son, their friendship and common sense of loss helps Davey begin to heal. Emma Galvin's narration perfectly voices Davey's escalating emotions and teen angst. A well-told and well-performed story.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385739894
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 278,467
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy  Blume

Judy Blume, one of America’s most popular authors, is the recipient of the 2004 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of beloved books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and novels for adult readers, including Wifey, Smart Women, and Summer Sisters. Her work has been translated into thirty-two languages.Visit Judy at JudyBlume.com or follow her on Twitter at @JudyBlume.

Biography

Before Judy Blume, there may have been a handful of books that spoke to issues teens could identify with; but very few were getting down to nitty-gritty stuff like menstruation, masturbation, parents divorcing, being half-Jewish, or deciding to have sex. Now, these were some issues that adolescents could dig into, and Blume’s ability to address them realistically and responsibly has made her one of the most popular – and most banned – authors for young adults.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, published in 1970, was Blume’s third book and the one that established her fan base. Drawing on some of the same things she faced as a sixth grader growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Blume created a sympathetic, first-person portrait of a girl whose family moves to the suburbs as she struggles with puberty and religion. In subsequent classics such as Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes, Blume wrote about the pain of being different, falling in love, and figuring out one's identity. Usually written in a confessional/diary style, Blume’s books feel like letters from friends who just happen to be going through a very interesting version of the same tortures suffered by their audience.

Blume has also accumulated a great following among the 12-and-under set with her Fudge series, centering on the lives of preteen Peter Hatcher and his hilariously troublesome younger brother, Farley (a.k.a. Fudge). Blume’s books in this category are particularly adept at portraying the travails of siblings, making both sides sympathetic. Her 2002 entry, Double Fudge, takes a somewhat surreal turn, providing the Hatchers with a doppelganger of Fudge when they meet some distant relatives on a trip.

Blume has also had success writing for adults, again applying her ability to turn some of her own sensations into compelling stories. Wifey in 1978 was the raunchy chronicle of a bored suburban housewife’s infidelities, both real and imagined. She followed this up five years later with Smart Women, a novel about friendship between two divorced women living in Colorado; and 1998’s Summer Sisters, also about two female friends.

Blume has said she continually struggles with her writing, often sure that each book will be the last, that she’ll never get another idea. She keeps proving herself wrong with more than 20 books to her credit; hopefully she will continue to do so.

Good To Know

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was inspired by an article given to Blume by her babysitter about a toddler who swallowed a small pet turtle. She wrote a picture book introducing Fudge (based on her own then-toddler son), the turtle, and older brother Peter; but it was rejected. A few years later, E. P. Dutton editor Ann Durell suggested that Blume turn the story into a longer book about the Hatcher family. Blume did, and the Fudge legacy was born.

Blume is not an author without conflict about her station in life. She says on her web site that, as part of her "fantasy about having a regular job," she has a morning routine that involves getting fully dressed and starting at 9 a.m. She has also getting out of writing altogether."After I had written more than ten books I thought seriously about quitting," she writes. "I felt I couldn't take the loneliness anymore. I thought I would rather be anything but a writer. But I've finally come to appreciate the freedom of writing. I accept the fact that it's hard and solitary work."

Blume's book about divorce, It's Not the End of the World, proved ultimately to be closer to her own experience than she originally imagined. Her own marriage was in trouble at the time, but she couldn't quite face it. "In the hope that it would get better I dedicated this book to my husband," she writes in an essay. "But a few years later, we, too, divorced. It was hard on all of us, more painful than I could have imagined, but somehow we muddled through and it wasn't the end of any of our worlds, though on some days it might have felt like it."

Her most autobiographical book is Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself, says Blume. "Sally is the kind of kid I was at ten," Blume says on her web site.

Blume keeps setting Fudge aside, readers keep bringing him back. The sequel Superfudge was written after tons of fans wrote in asking for more of Farley Hatcher; again more begging led to Fudge-a-Mania ten years later. Blume planned never to write about Fudge again, but grandson Elliott was a persistent pesterer (just like Fudge), and got his way with 2002's Double Fudge.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 12, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S. in education, New York University, 1961
    2. Website:

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

    This is my favorite book from Judy Blume!!!

    I'm in middle school and I'm not a person who reads alot but this book have changed the way I've think about Books . I would not put the book down.It felt like I have so many thing in common with the main character.This book is sad, happy, thrilling, realalisticwith a bit of romance

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    i absilutly loved it.

    well the first time i picked up this book i was in the 6th grade i was looking for something to spike my thoughts and i have always been a Blume fan so i read it and wasnt able to put it down i would read all through the night just to find out what would happpen next my only problem was when it was over i still wanted more i wasnt done with the characters story so i ended up reading the book atleast 3 times i have lost track by now . i would defenatly recomend it to anyone looking for a book.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Tiger eyes(:

    I loved this book!! I am in middle school in the 6th grade. And am turning thirteen in 2 and a half months(: And the first time I read it I thought how is it like my life. And then I read it more and it was amazing!!! It is just like my life!! I'm not even lying!! Except for my brothers name and mine. Oh and my brithday(; if you want An amazing book to read it's this one! Not a joke!!!(; And you'll agree once you've read it!(:

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Amazing!

    I really loved this book. I read it in an hour and it was just really good! I cried at some parts and it had a really good ending. Thank you, Judy Blume, for writing this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    So asome

    I can't believe how good this book was. Once i started to read it i knew that i wouldn't be able to put it down. It talked about a girl who was dealing with her father being shot and killed. Then moving away from home to live with her aunt and uncle who she doesn't even like. This book showed the pain a girl who loved her father went through.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    This is a great book.

    I first read this book three times while in grammer school,and I still love it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Please read this and help me out!

    I haven't read this, but I'm looking for a new book and this looks really good. The thing is I am only 11. I have a very advanced reading level so I'm not worried about that, but do you think the content is suitable? I don't watch pg 13 movie except Harry potter all but seven. ( I've read them all though.)
    Please reply, thanks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Great book!

    One of my favorites from my childhood years 20+ years ago. Still love it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    A must read

    Tiger Eyes is an amazing story. Last year my mom recomended it to me and I thought it was too sad, but recently a family I knew was killed, and now I can really relate to it. Great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Wonderful book 15years later

    I first read this book when I was in middle school and I cried at parts! I was really sad when it ended because I loved the book so much. I still think about how good of a book it is. Everyone should read it (not just young people); it is that well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

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    When i read this book i started to get bored in the beginning but around the middle it started to get better


    I really liked this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    ILOVE IT

    this book was amazing! i couldnt put it down! i love the romance ang the suspence. it was wonderful

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    I read this a as a teen and have now bought it for my own daughter!

    Must read! Enjoyable for teens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    So glad to have this book again.

    I must have read this book 25 times as a preteen/teenager. It is so vivid and beautiful. I can't wait to reconnect with it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!

    I had to read this book for my 9th grade L.A. class and i fell in love with it!!! I really grew close to davey as if she were real and my best friend it was just great i could not have picked a better book to read for L.A. soo happy i picked it :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Best story ever

    I <3 this book i think its the best book shes written so far i recomend this book to anyone! ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Serious and excellent YA literature

    Tiger Eyes was one of my favorite books when I first encountered it as an adolescent. After reading it again, now, at least 20 years later, I am impressed at how relevant it remains. It is a powerful novel that explores universal experiences with grace, wisdom, and a seeming simplicity that in no way diminishes the enormity or complexity of the themes with which it is concerned.

    Tiger Eyes is the story of a 15-year-old girl, Davey, whose father is shot in a hold-up of his Atlantic City 7-Eleven store, and dies. In the wake of the shooting and Davey's subsequent panic attacks, Davey, her younger brother, and mother move to New Mexico to live with Davey's aunt and uncle with whom they had a distant relationship. Here, Davey meets the engmatic Wolf, and begins to learn how she will live again in her much changed world.

    I enjoy so many things about this book. Stylistically, I enjoyed, all over again, how Blume reveals what happened the night of Davey's father's murder over the course of the book, rather than all at once in the beginning, which for me, mirrors the manner in which Davey, and her family, face and come to terms with the event and death in their own and different ways, and times. I also very much enjoyed Blume's exploration of fear, how it relates to death, and how facing our fears is a necessary part of healing when the worst of our fears have been realized.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    5 stars

    I believe that this book is a great protrayal of a 15-year-old girl who has gone through dramatic changes in her life. Davey is an amazing girl who just can not seem to move on with her life. The dramatic story of the tramatic event that she witnessed needs 5 stars. It was astonishingly brillant and Wolf is the perfect example of an unexpected person that would help Davey. I have read this book about six times and i think that if you have not read this book then you are missing out on one amazing novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is realy good. I would recomed this book to people who love and I mean love drama .In this story ,it all starts with that night . So start to read and I gerenty you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Sparrowclaw

    I am waiting.

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