Tiger Lily
  • Tiger Lily
  • Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

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by Jodi Lynn Anderson
     
 

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Before Neverland faded into myth, it was a remote and dangerous island filled with deadly mermaids, psychotic pirates, and watchful faeries. And 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 deep in the forbidden woods, the two form

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Overview

Before Neverland faded into myth, it was a remote and dangerous island filled with deadly mermaids, psychotic pirates, and watchful faeries. And 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 deep in the forbidden woods, 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. With her betrothal to another man and deadly enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies lurk inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

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:
07/02/2013
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
77,802
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

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

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