October 14, 2013

Monday's Read: Tears of a Tiger

Last week, after finishing my book sooner than expected and realizing I didn't have one for personal
reading time during our strategic reading class (I like to be a good role model and read with the students), I borrowed a book from a coworker that I LOVED!

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper was great for so many reasons:

1. The story teaches a valuable lesson about how instantly lives can be altered from poor choices. This is a great message for teenagers who think they are so invincible.

2. Each chapter of the book is written from a different perspective, making it great for teaching Point of View.

3. Each chapter is also a fabulous opportunity to teach Author's Craft because the chapters are unique in their writing. Draper uses essays, poems, diary entries, and conversations to reveal the angst of the characters in her story.

4. The ending certainly leaves readers full of emotion. I can't see how anyone could read this book and not walk away with some strong opinions.

5. It's a trilogy. I love books in a a series because you can expose students to one and then hook them for the rest of the series.

The story is about four high school basketball players who suffered a devastating crash one night when they were out drinking and driving after a game. What they thought was a joyride ended up taking the life of one of their best friends, and the consequences run deep.

I had to assure my students that it's merely a coincidence that the last two books I read in class were about car crashes... this is not a running theme in my reading. Ha! But they are also captivated by my book talks, so I maybe I'm on to something here...


  1. This series has been popular with my students for a long time. There is another good one, The Battle of Jericho, by Draper that the students like as well.

  2. Tears of a Tiger is such a powerful book. I love that it is short also so that there is more of a chance to hook reluctant readers.

  3. This book sounds perfect for my teenage son! Have you read Wonder? I'm reading it to my class now and it is written by different character's perspectives.
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