- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Westland (1 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9383331224
- ISBN-13: 978-9383331222
- Package Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tiger Boy Paperback – Sep 2015
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Mitali Bose Perkins has written many novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the new York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an american Library association’s top ten novels for Young adults, starred in Publishers Weekly as “a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.”) Mitali has lived in Bangladesh, India, england, thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. Currently she resides in the san Francisco Bay area with her husband and sons.
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Yet he sees how much is changing when a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve and swims to Neel’s island. Everyone is out searching for her. Some want to rescue her while others want to poach her for money. Can Neel and his sister save her?
Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins offers a glimpse into village life in the Sunderbans, an area in the delta of the Bay of Bengal that borders India and Bangladesh. Life may be simple there compared to more developed areas, but people sometimes struggle to provide for their families. Neel’s desire to save a tiger cub comes from his father teaching him to do what is right in life. But he is in conflict because his father helps the poachers, who give him money that can be used for Neel’s education. How can he both follow his conscience and honor his father?
Perkins brings attention to this little known part of the world with a story that resonates for families in many circumstances. In an author’s note at the end she talks about the particular problems in the Sunderbans, where people, animals and nature are all trying hard to survive.
She says, “People. Animals. Land. Trees. Climate. Greed. Hunger. Need. All these elements converge to create a cyclone of struggle in the Sunderbans. The survival of the village communities, the majestic Bengal tiger, and other endangered species depend on a concerted global effort. This book is my way of inviting us to become part of the solution.”
Perkins also provides a list of organization working with Bengal tigers and others working to improve life in the Sunderbans. A glossary at the back helps readers learn more about unfamiliar terms. I recommend Tiger Boy for readers aged 7 to 10.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.