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Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes

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by Judy Blume

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
How does this young adult classic, an examination of grief in the face of profound loss, stand up to the test of time? More than thirty years after its release (and a year after the production of a movie by the same name), will a generation of youth raised by helicopter parents and tethered to cell phones understand Davey Wexler’s deep sense of isolation? Will modern teens saturated in e-mail, instant messaging, tweeting, Facebook, and selfies understand Davey life without those media? The experience of adolescence has changed very much since the book was written, it’s true. But Davey’s struggle to deal with her father’s senseless death in a shooting at the family’s convenience store and her mother’s withdrawal into grief is starkly written, authentic, and compelling. Issues of growing sexual awareness and living a full life in spite of risks and danger will ring true with teens of every generation. Highly recommended—with or without the movie—for school and public libraries. A page of comments by Judy Blume on her inspiration for the book accompanies this edition. Readers interested in learning more about Blume and this book can find several interviews with the author online. Includes a section from Blume’s novel Forever. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
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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Perfection Learning Prebound
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Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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Tiger Eyes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
ladiipurple More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites from my childhood years 20+ years ago. Still love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book three times while in grammer school,and I still love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing! i couldnt put it down! i love the romance ang the suspence. it was wonderful
keanuboy More than 1 year ago
Must read! Enjoyable for teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 this book i think its the best book shes written so far i recomend this book to anyone! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Star Wars too. I cried when han solo got killed in THE FORCE AWAKENS! #STARWARSFAN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love u Em I sorry I was away I back ik u probably have forgotten me but I have not u I will love u forever
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I related to this book ! My father passed away suddenly from a heart attack and I felt the smell feelings Davey did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i miss you. Where are u
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Davey's whole life is falling apart. Her father was shot in a holdup. Her family is broken. And worse, her mother is taking Davey and her little brother all the way from home to visit relatives in New Mexico while they recover. Davey doesn't want to recover. But New Mexico works its own kind of magic on Davey and her family. Wandering the desert landscape Davey meets a mysterious boy called &quot;Wolf&quot; with his own secrets and his own reasons for understanding Davey's sad eyes. With his help, maybe Davey can finally move on. So Judy Blume is obviously very popular. Most of her books fall into the time before I was reading YA (this one being published a few years before I was born) so Blume is never quite an author I get to. While I can see the appeal of this book, it largely didn't work for me. While Davey's struggles are very contemporary and relevant, the story itself was often dated with Davey working as a candy striper (do those even exist anymore?) to name but one example. A general air of Cold War hysteria permeates the story as well with Davey's aunt and uncle in a panic about the nearby nuclear plant malfunctioning. I can see the appeal here and it might appeal to readers looking for this very specific kind of story. On the other hand there are also more recent stories that cover similar themes just as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago