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Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, Bk 1)
Tears of a Tiger - Hazelwood High, Bk 1
Author: Sharon M. Draper
After a car accident kills Robert, Andy's best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn't know if he can go on. He's consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident after a long evening of drinking and partying. — With perceptiveness and compassion, Sharon M. Draper portrays an African-American t...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780689806988
ISBN-10: 0689806981
Publication Date: 2/1/1996
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
A gripping story dealing with teenage drunk driving that comes from a teen's point of view.
Even the most hard-shelled, reluctant readers will read, and think about, and LOVE this book.
reviewed Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
My 15 year old son had to read this book for school. I read it also and it will move you to tears.
auntietilly2 avatar reviewed Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, Bk 1) on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
My daughter loves this story and writer. She has read this book a few times.
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In one horrifying night, Andy's life changed forever...
Andy Jackson was driving the car that crashed one night after a game, killing Robert Washington, his best friend and the captain of the Hazelwood High Tigers. It was late, and they'd been drinking, and now, months later, Andy can't stop blaming himself. As he turns away from family, friends, and even his girlfriend, he finds he's losing the most precious thing of all - his ability to face the future.
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This can be a very powerful book for the right reader. I think if I had read this as a pre-teen/younger teen it would have done a lot more for me.
I definitely liked the way Draper wrote the book, she wrote it using a series of essay assignments, poems, letters to friends, conversations between friends and the young characters and their parents, news articles, etc. That's different than a lot of books today and I enjoyed the difference.
The most powerful part for me was the very end, Monty's letter to Andy. Monty is Andy's 6 year old little brother and that letter (along with the others at the end) showed a pretty wide range of emotions between the friends and between the young people. That part, along with most of the rest of the book, seemed very realistic to me.
There were a few parts of the book that seemed really wooden. Nothing too big and nothing to really take away from the book IMO, but wooden nontheless.
I'd say besides Monty's ending letter, Keisha and her input was pretty powerful also. I think this probably makes a great book for a young reluctant reader too