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Tiger Lily

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by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets


In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.

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Editorial Reviews

Ann Brashares
“Funny, free, and utterly imaginative, Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing is packed with loveliness.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Serious and moving.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“Serious and moving.”
“In expressive, graceful language, Anderson tells the story of the fierce Tiger Lily and her thorny romance with the legendary Peter Pan. Its sensitive, passionate portrayal of familiar characters…is captivating.”
“With this quiet and bittersweet story, readers will never again think of Peter Pan as simple animation.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Serious and moving.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Serious and moving."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“Serious and moving.”

Publishers Weekly
Much has been written about Peter Pan, but Tiger Lily, the girl he spurned in Neverland, has remained more of a mystery. In this evocative tale of unrequited love, Anderson (Peaches) gives Tiger Lily new psychological depth. Told from the perspective of Tinker Bell, the novel explores how Tiger Lily meets and falls in love with Peter, despite being betrothed to another villager, a man Tiger Lily despises. Tiger Lily and Peter’s complicated inner conflicts emerge as they sort out their feelings about freedom, power, loyalty, and responsibility. When a girl from England arrives, Tiger Lily feels the flame of jealousy for the first time, and the results could be deadly. The mythology of Neverland is eloquently woven into the story, and characters are reborn in fascinating ways—Hook is an alcoholic, Smee a serial killer, and Tiger Lily’s adoptive father a “two-spirit” shaman, “born to be two genders.” Readers will find it hard to resist being drawn into Tiger Lily’s world, where dangers and emotions are painted several shades darker than in J.M. Barrie’s classic fantasy. Ages 14–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (July)
VOYA - Deena Lipomi
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily, a tribal girl of the remote island of Neverland, defies her female role in her village yet respects, loves, and honors her father, the village shaman. Yet, when an Englishman washes onto Neverland's shores, Tiger Lily saves him against her father's wishes and garners the attention of the leader of the "dangerous" Lost Boys, Peter Pan. Tiger Lily is drawn to Peter like no one she has met before, and she repeatedly sneaks out to visit him despite her promised marriage to one of her tribesmen. When another boat of Englishmen arrives at Neverland with the beautiful Wendy, Tiger Lily must decide who she desires, who she wants to be, and what life to choose. This unique retelling of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie has a literary feel, lush descriptions, and a mysterious but sympathetic main character. Anderson uses Tiger Lily's devotee Tinker Bell, a bug-like fairy who cannot speak but can read thoughts, to tell the story; this allows the reader to see snippets of the pirates' and Lost Boys' lives when Tiger Lily is not present while still maintaining her filter. Tiger Lily is recommended to teens looking for a sophisticated fantasy, a new spin on a classic tale, or a fresh literary perspective. Reviewer: Deena Lipomi
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Peter Pan and other Neverland characters are now teen agers. Tiger Lily is being raised by the local shaman Tik Tok, who wears long dresses. Tinker Bell is the narrator. An English ship crashes against the rocks, and a lone survivor, Phillip, crawls onto the shore. Tik Tok announces that Tiger Lily is to be married to the local oaf with an overbearing mother at the end of the hot season. Tiger Lily discovers Peter Pan and they fall in love. She sneaks out at night to be with Pan and the lost boys. Meanwhile Phillip, while waiting for a ship to come for him, converts the colony to Christianity, which proves the undoing of Tik Tok, who commits suicide. An aging Captain Hook kidnaps boys in England, but Pan rescues them. When a ship from England arrives the sailors settle into the colony, and Wendy takes over Pan and the lost boys. Tiger Lily discovers that her childhood friend, Pine Sap, is building a house with hopes of marrying her. Tiger Lily decides to betray Peter and Wendy to Captain Hook, but later relents and saves them. When crows take over the village, the ship departs with Wendy, Pan, and the boys. Tiger Lily comes to love Pine Sap, and Tinker Bell visits England. This complicated plot finally becomes interesting, but it is questionable that a fairy tale will appeal to young teens. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Tiger Lily is the adopted daughter of Tik Tok, shaman of the Sky Eater tribe of Neverland. As such, she should be a revered member of her community. Instead she is teased and harassed by other children-until one of her tormentors mysteriously dies. After that Tiger Lily is still an outsider, still looked down on, but she is also feared. She grows up wild and alone, running through Neverland's forests, becoming a skilled hunter and tracker. Her only companions are other village misfits, Pine Sap and Moon Eye, and a tiny faerie. Then one day she goes against her village's orders and saves an Englander shipwrecked on Neverland's shores. How was she to know her good deed would lead to heartache, sorrow, and the greatest betrayal she would ever face? Neverland is a dark place in this faerie-narrated tale of Peter Pan's first love. Teens familiar only with Disney's version of the story may find this novel perplexing, but its many layers create a place of dangerous wonder. Tiger Lily has been reinvented with a complex backstory, giving her a credible source of deep strength and dark emotion. Believable secondary characters have also been carefully crafted and developed, and mature themes run throughout, adding realism and edginess to this fantasy. Anderson has done for Peter Pan what Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars (Dial, 2006) did for Alice in Wonderland, and older teens will appreciate her addition to the Neverland mythology.—Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
It's no paradise--white-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets come with mud, mosquitoes and croc-infested swamps--but guided by fragile, insect-size faerie Tink, readers are drawn into this richly re-imagined Neverland anyway. Tink is obsessed with Tiger Lily, whose tribe avoids pirates and Peter Pan's lost boys, believed to carry the aging disease. (Neverlanders stop aging when some life-defining event occurs.) Adopted daughter of shaman Tik Tok, Tiger Lily is proud and competitive, kept at a wary distance by her peers except for gentle Pine Sap, whose unconditional love she appreciates but doesn't return. Athletic Tiger Lily, nonathletic Pine Sap and Tik Tok, whose identity doesn't match his gender, share a bond that's shaken after Tiger Lily rescues an English shipwreck survivor, then falls in love with Peter, following him into an emotional wilderness as intoxicating and dangerous as Neverland itself. Equally strong passions rule psychotic Smee, alcoholic Hook and, especially, Peter, with his need to be best--from winning games to protecting the lost boys. He's irresistible; even mermaids, with their long hair and sharp teeth, aren't immune. Tink's love and helplessness (faeries read thoughts but cannot speak) become a source of tension and metaphor in this post-colonial fable that covers a lot of ground: wilderness and civilization, gender and power, time and change. Working with the darker threads of Barrie's bittersweet classic, Anderson weaves an enchanting tale. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

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Ann Brashares

“Funny, free, and utterly imaginative, Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing is packed with loveliness.”

Meet the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., with her husband, her son, and an endless parade of stray pets.

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Tiger Lily 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Tiger Lily promised a dark and tragic interpretation of a familiar children's story, one that would steal your breath away - and that was right. This book is exactly what it promised to be- a new, fresh take on an old story, a love story. As fascinating a story as it is, I can also see how this introspective book wouldn't be for every reader- but it's sure to capture the hearts of many who enjoy a grand romance, and anything to do with Peter Pan. Reasons to Read: 1.A thoughtful interpretation of Peter Pan: I enjoy the story of Peter Pan, but I thought it was fantastic how well Jodi Lynn put her own spin on this story; the majority of the "facts" and details remain the same (or if they are changed, there's a reasonable explanation for it) and I was constantly surprised at how she made such a classic story her own. It can be hard to rework familiar territory, but the effect ends up making Tiger Lily a masterpiece of retellings. 2.Lovely storytelling: While at first I had some reservations with the story being narrated by Tinker Bell, I soon realized how effective it was being told from a third party. Part of what makes the story so poignant is that it's never really clear how the various characters truly feel about one another or their circumstances - and because it's told through Tinker Bell's eyes, it feels even more tragic because we get to see hints of the pain experienced by a number of characters rather than just Tiger Lily. Tinker Bell is remarkably unbiased (except when it comes to Tiger Lily, whom she clearly has strong ties to) and offers a different perspective on the events as well. 3.A strong, unique Tiger Lily: This is not the helpless, fairly bland Native American princess we're used to (thanks, Disney). Tiger Lily is reimagined as we haven't seen her before, and she's fully brought to life with her own past and her own personality. And her relationship with Peter Pan is beautiful in its own right, so simple and just plain RIGHT. It's the way things change between them that's so heartbreaking, and how they both feel lost to do anything about it. The one thing I was not expecting from this story was for the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan to be so pivotal, and even after reading most of it I didn't feel that should have had so much impact as it did. And the ending felt so rushed that it didn't feel wholly pulled together. I just had a hard time believing that this strong heroine would just sit back passively and watch while things happened around her, and then to react later on in such a strong, violent way. And honestly it was at that point that I began to lose my connection to Tiger Lily, because while I could understand her distress I couldn't fathom her rationale behind her choices. And for a book that's promoted as a love story- well, I found the romance between Peter and Tiger Lily to be rather rushed. And I found where the book really shone, was in its portrayal of various other relationships and qthe idea of cultures clashing and transformation and feeling like a misfit. THAT, more than any love story, is what the book (even unconsciously) seems to be about. And that's what's so striking about it. But all in all, this is a truly unique and stunning book that leaves a small mark on your heart. It's one that's unforgettable, partially because of how it makes you think differently about this familiar story and question characters like Pan, Wendy, Tiger Lily, and Tinker Bell to think of them in ways we've never seen before. ARC borrowed from Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. I have always loved Peter Pan, and to hear about this book made me so exited. The story was a beautiful one about Tigerlily being Peter Pan's first love before Wendy came. The book was written briliantly from the perspective of Tinkerbell, and within a day of getting the book I finnished it. I have never been a fan of Wendy, even in the Disney version, and the ending suprized me. I didnt think this book was 'dark', and it was especially not 'disturbing' as some people put it. I love this book, and as a thirteen year old, am obsessed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and it' already captured my book-nerd heart. This is a masterpiece. I thought the story of just Peter Pan was great but this tops it. Absolutely brilliant. I don't want to put it down, ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book..not only is it a great modern twist on one of my favorite storys of all time, but its also a fresh take on it from a point of view not often thought of...The way Anderson breathes life into tiger lily makes you practically fall in love with her and all her flaws and insecurities over and over again in each chapter. Her vivid detailing of the tribe life and mischivious lost boys is simply magical...Each time I pick up this book I find myself transported to the mysterious,whimsical land that is neverland! Definitly a book I would reccomend to anyone who wants to explore the darker side of neverland and Wendy Darling...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the charecters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much it hurts It's amazing but it's a little slow at the beginning but I promise you it's worth it One of my favorite books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 pages in and already in love this book!
SCHSReader1 7 months ago
Tiger Lily is a book about a girl in her teens living in Neverland. After Tiger Lily finds a lost Englander, her father Tik Tok arranges a marriage for her in exchange for being able to watch the Englander. Tiger Lily is set to marry Giant, but falls in love with Peter Pan. Tiger Lily’s best friend, Pine Sap, loves her and she doesn’t know. After Tiger Lily nurses the Englander back to health, he doesn’t like that Tik Tok is girly so he cuts Tik Tok’s hair and replaces his clothes. Tik Tok kills himself and Tiger Lily goes into a depression. Peter betrays Tiger Lily when more Englanders show up by meeting Wendy and loving her instead. Eventually, Tiger Lily tries to kill Peter and Wendy but then saves them. Peter then moves to England to be with Wendy. Tiger Lily then marries Giant and 2 weeks later, he dies. After that, she realizes she has always loved Pine Sap and they get married. This book is told in Tinker Bell’s point of view, who has always followed Tiger Lily around since she was little. I recommend this book because it’s touching, realistic, and unpredictable. It’s touching when Tiger Lily realizes she loves Pine Sap. It’s realistic when Tiger Lily catches feelings for Peter. It’s unpredictable when Tiger Lily saves Peter from drowning though she tried to kill him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shad walked in, his eyes soft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down. I stayed up to 2 AM just reading it. But it ended to quickly :( this book is amazing, and if you dont read it I shall surely cry.
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Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Being the lover of retellings and Peter Pan that I am, when I first heard of Tiger Lily (and the rave reviews it was getting) I knew I had to read the version of events. Unfortunately, Tiger Lily and I did not mesh well. What started off as a wonderful story, I absolutely fell in love with the first two pages, went quickly down hill. Tiger Lily lives in a village where she was adopted by their shaman, Tik Tok, and she is character where something is different about her. She's not like the other girls. Tink, our narrator, thinks the same and secretly follows Tiger Lily on her adventures. Eventually Tiger Lily encounters Peter Pan, whom Tink and Tiger Lily fall in love with, and his group of Lost Boys. I wasn't a fan of Tink being the narrator. For me, it took away from the story. I didn't see any character development from anybody - maybe a smidge from Tiger Lily and her friend Pine Sap - but that's it. Her narration felt too much like observing, which is was, instead of being inserted into the story. Like, people watching only the people are boring. While I appreciate Jodi's new take on an old favorite, I was bored by Tiger Lily. I do think Jodi turned the story into her own creation, and there are nods to the original story, but I didn't find myself involved or even interested in the story of the characters. With a 3.97 Goodreads rating, I'm clearly in the minority, but I felt such a disconnect with this story and its characters. The writing is beautiful and I can see how others fall in love with this story, but I just was not one of them. However, I do think Jodi ended the story very well as it felt fitting and realistic to both the story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a refreshing take on Peter Pan. I loved it.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I had been interested in reading this one for quite some time now so I'm glad I made time for it! It was such a beautifully written story and I really enjoyed seeing Neverland from Tiger Lily's point of view and learning about her tribe, how she meets Peter Pan, and see how their relationship becomes what it does. This is a very character driven novel though and the pacing is on the slower side. It is very detailed and there's not very much in the way of dialogue until a bit later in the book. The reason for that is because of who our narrator is- a brilliant move on Anderson's part. I was surprised by how affected by this book I was. The ending had me choked up and I definitely felt for Tiger Lily and our narrator. It was very bittersweet and I couldn't help but feel at a loss for the events that happened, even though we all know how the story of Peter Pan ends. Tiger Lily and Peter Pan couldn't be more different and yet they are alike in their stubbornness. Tiger Lily is strong, but she is also dutiful and loyal to her tribe. She will make the hard sacrifices because of that loyalty, even though she wishes things could be different. Peter is selfish. He doesn't know any better, really. While he is the leader of the Lost Boys and his loyalty is to them, he is willing to make room for Tiger Lily and he lets her become a part of their band of misfits. He is open with his emotions and feelings, where Tiger Lily is not. She could be misconstrued as cold and detached, but that's not the case. She just doesn't outwardly express her emotions and that block became a part of their issues. It's like these two had a brief moment in time, before it flitted away on the wind never to be found again. It's heartbreakingly sad, but it wasn't meant to be either. Overall, I enjoyed reading Tiger Lily's story, I loved the narrator and how that person tied into the grander scheme of things, and seeing how all the lore of Neverland, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys was presented and taken to a new level. “I like to think that nothing’s final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don’t, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I’ll see you sometime again, even if it’s not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story gives you the real story of Peter pan. It's deep, magical and soulfully thought provoking. I loved every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely in love with everything about this book!
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you've heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case." Neverland is a beautiful, dangerous place. It's an island where aging can be contagious, mermaids can drown you, and pirates terrorize the Lost Boys who are so savage they might eat you--boys who, according to rumors, might even fly. There are also the Cliff Dwellers and the Bog Dwellers. And somewhere between the two, the Sky Eaters, who remember every sunset they see and fear the wrath of their gods as much as the dreaded aging sickness. For a place that is so small and hidden away, Neverland can be a very large place. Especially for a fairy. Fairies are mute, unable to speak but also empathic and tuned to everything around them. Before she was called Tinker Bell, she knew Tiger Lily and her history--part of the Sky Eaters but also half feral and hungry for more--as much an outsider in her tribe as one stubborn fairy. Like everyone else, Tiger Lily (and Tink too) know to stay away from the Lost Boys and the fierce boy named Pan who leads them. But when Tiger Lily saves one life it sets her on a path that will lead her directly to Peter Pan and threaten everything she holds dear as one small fairy tells the story of a love that might always have been doomed and her own small role in Tiger Lily (2012) by Jodi Lynn Anderson. If you haven't guessed already, Tiger Lily is a retelling of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. This version, however, focuses on what happens before Wendy ever arrives in Neverland. It is also narrated by my favorite character, Tinker Bell. While it seems strange, giving a mute character the chance to narrate a story, it works well in Tiger Lily. Able to observe many things and intuit emotions, Tinker Bell is almost an omniscient narrator who often fades away until something important must be told. Tiger Lily builds Neverland into a place that is both marvelous and monstrous as Tiger Lily and Tink explore all of its dangers and beauties. Part-retelling, part love story, this novel is also a complex examination of how colonization and industrialization changed the world. Anderson expertly separates Tiger Lily from its source material to make Tiger Lily a complicated, flawed character who finally has her own voice. Tinker Bell is equally well-realized as the novel focuses not just on Tiger Lily and Peter's difficult romance but also Tink's evolving relationship with the characters. Tiger Lily is an unconventional, satisfying story that starts with Peter Pan but becomes much more before its conclusion. Possible Pairings: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff, Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God this isent friggin camp this is actually an amazing book. Want to camp go to atheni constitution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 Tiger Lily a book that can make me laugh, cry, and having me so compelled that I couldn't full a sleep with out reading more and more in till i'm done and having me like what  just happen. This book is so AMAZING its unbelievable that I finish a 304 page book in just three days. If you love Disney Peter Pan you'll love a tragic twist that is so compelling. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brought me to tears.
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