Tiger Lily

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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.”
Booklist
“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.”
BookPage
“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062003263
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 74,269
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Tiger Lily promised a dark and tragic interpretation of a famili

    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

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Amazing

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    I'm not even half way through...

    ...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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Thought Provoking Must Read!

    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...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Good, But...No.

    Maybe it's because I'm old fashioned, but I was...disturbed by this dark, twisted tale on Peter Pan.
    While it is written beautifully, I don't agree with the story line, or the ending. It was all too much.
    I couldn't really get into the character of Tiger Lily. I felt as though all of her emotions were cut short, and the descriptions incomplete.
    While this is a neat version of Peter Pan, I'm more in love with the idea of it rather than the book itself.
    I was completely distraught and disturbed by the end of this story. But that's exactly what I was- disappointed.
    All in all, a 3 out of 5.
    I would love to read another story that sticks more to the original plot, and goes more into depth with the beauty that is this timeless story.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    Loved this book

    Best book ever made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the charecters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Must read!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Amazinh

    10 pages in and already in love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Twilightstorm

    Twilightstims eyes widen and sshe swallows. "Yes I do." she says as firmly as she can



    Aww gtg i WILL be on tomarrow. I PROMISE!!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Eaglestar

    She padded out of her den, heading into camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Lilywolf to Larkfrost

    I'm really gonna miss you Larkfrost but I don't want your real life to suffer because of rp. I love ya and I hope life settles down a bit so you can come back soon. Have a great break! See you later! :) ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Stan & Co

    I was checking around to make sure things were okay, and saw this. I'm glad that you found courage to take a break as well to help with your own difficulties, and also hope that you won't feel like you're ripping off a limb by taking a break, like I do. I hope you solve your reasons or taking a break soon.<p>

    -Stan & Co&#9786

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Teagan ( Deercloud & Ryebreeze's rper)

    I approve of your descision buddeh! Great choice. I may have to do that sometime this year also, so don't worry. When will you be starting this scedule though? Deercloud is having her kits right now, also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Lilystar and Co. Message

    Hi guys! I just read Stan and Co.'s announcement at 'announcement' result 3, and that inspired me to write this message. Here are all of my RPs, so you know who I am:
    <p>
    Lilystar and Moonstorm of EmberClan
    <br>
    Larkfrost and Pridefall of HorseClan
    <br>
    Rainstar and Co. of RainClan
    <br>
    Warrior Fallen of Extinction
    <p>
    Lately, school has been rough. I've had a whole bunch of tests, and a handful of large assignments. I am unable to use my time efficiently, because of play rehearsal, soccer, and RP. Play rehearsal and soccer can't be controlled, but RP can. I find my self staying up extremely late RPing with you guys, and as a growing person, I should get as much sleep as possible. I also fond myself forgetting assignments, and doing them last minute. No, I'm not leaving forever, I'm just taking short breaks. I will be here every other week, I might even be on more often than that! Even so, I'm taking a slight break. I love all of you guys so so much, but RP is negativly affecting my real life. I promise, I'm NOT leaving for good, just taking a break. &hearts
    <br>
    ~Lilystar, Moonstorm, Larkfrost, Pridefall, Rainstar, Doesong, Hawktalon, and Warrior Fallen

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

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    I came across Tiger Lily during one of the many takeovers or giv

    I came across Tiger Lily during one of the many takeovers or giveaways I have attended. When I first read the description, I was immediately drawn in, I could not stop thinking about this book. I am a sucker for the untold stories that outline and make up my beloved stories, especially when you give me one surrounding a story I have loved nearly all my life. Tiger Lily is an outcast in her village. She is seen as odd and weird, not conforming to the norms set by the tribe. She is as tough as any boy but strong and silent. Through a few chance happenings, they also come to believe Tiger Lily is one to fear. Tiger Lily is finally betrothed to Giant, who is mean and cruel to her, as a way to try to settle her down. During a chance encounter, she meets Peter Pan. I loved watching their romance bud and bloom, but when Tiger Lily has to break a promise to meet Pan it sets course for a rift in their relationship. Wendy comes to Neverland during Tiger Lily's absence and everything Tiger Lily and Peter Pan have ever known changes. This is very little like the &quot;fairy tale&quot; story that I grew up with, this to me shows such a different and more realistic side to a beloved tale. I felt that I was right there with Tiger Lily during all the different emotions and stages in her life. If you are expecting a sweet love story, then you will be mistaken here. If you want an emotional ride, you have come to the right place. I absolutely love a few lines in the book, which I feel describes it perfectly,&quot;Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you've heard. The boy and girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn't win.&quot;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Good

    Very well written but not an amazing book. A twist from the basic Peter Pan story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    John

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Natalie

    Takes deep breaths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Tiger Lilly

    This book was amazing, if you have not read this yet then you should. Like right now

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