Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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A Book and a Movie! June 15, 2013

Filed under: Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — bhomel @ 7:58 am
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Tiger Eyes was first published in 1981. Judy Blume was a popular author in the 80s-90s. Her books were the kind you read secretly and told your friends about because Judy Blume wrote about growing up and had occasional curse words. Judy Blume’s books were a little edgier than most books you read in middle school.

Fast forward to 2013 and Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes is now a movie! When I heard about the upcoming movie release, I decided to read the book.

Tiger Eyes is about a girl named Davey. Davey’s father is killed in a robbery at his store. Davey’s mom decides a change of scenery is needed after the tragedy. Davey, her mom, and younger brother head to New Mexico to stay with her aunt and uncle. Not only does Davey feel like she’s lost her dad, but her mom slowly starts to fall into depression. Davey feels alone in a new place. Her aunt and uncle try to  pick up the pieces and take control of the family. To help escape, Davey begins to explore Los Alamos by riding her bike to the canyon and climbing down the rocks. It is here where she meets Wolf – he not only helps her back up the canyon but teaches her how to climb. There’s something about Wolf that makes Davey feel like he’s a true friend. After spending time in New Mexico and with Wolf, Davey finally learns how to face the tragedy of her father’s death and her sadness.

Tiger Eyes is about losing someone close to you and finding the strength to move forward. It is recommended for mature readers. The movie has several differences than the book so I recommend reading the book first and then catching the entertaining flick. The movie is rated PG-13.

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