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Tears of a tiger

by Draper, Sharon M.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Clairton Public Library Young Adult YA DRAP
Location  Clairton Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA DRAP
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Young Adult Paperbacks YA pbk (D)
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Young Adult Paperbacks
 
Call Number  YA pbk (D)
 
 
Oakmont Carnegie Library Young Adult Fiction YA DR
Location  Oakmont Carnegie Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA DR
 
 
Summary
Andy tackles his guilt and grief in the first book of Sharon M. Draper's award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

Tigers don't cry--or do they? After the death of his longtime friend and fellow Hazelwood Tiger in a car accident, Andy, the driver, blames himself and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While his other friends have managed to work through their grief and move on, Andy allows death to become the focus of his life. In the months that follow the accident, the lives of Andy and his friends are traced through a series of letters, articles, homework assignments, and dialogues, and it becomes clear that Tigers do indeed need to cry.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-10. When star basketball player Robert Washington and his three closest friends mix drinking and driving in a postgame victory celebration, Robert is killed in an auto accident. The driver, Andy Jackson, is unable to resolve his feelings of guilt and remorse. Neither Andy's parents nor his psychologist accurately perceive the depth of Andy's depression, with tragic results--Andy, at the end, commits suicide. The story emerges through newspaper articles, journal entries, homework assignments, letters, and conversations that give the book immediacy; the teenage conversational idiom is contemporary and well written. Andy's perceptions of the racism directed toward young black males--by teachers, guidance counselors, and clerks in shopping malls--will be recognized by African American YAs. Although some heavy-handed didacticism detracts from the novel's impact, the characters and their experiences will captivate teen readers. The novel is also suitable for use in curricular units dealing with alcohol abuse, suicide, and racism. ~--Merri Monks"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Draper's ambitious first novel tackles teenage drinking, suicidal depression and other front-page topics-and relates the action through dialogue or compositions ``by'' the characters. Exuberant after a high-school basketball victory, athletic stars Andy and Robert down a few beers with friends and then ride around in Andy's car. When Robert is killed in an expressway accident, Andy assumes what turns out to be an unbearable burden of guilt. Short chapters in the form of newspaper articles, diary entries and school writing assignments telegraph the community's reactions and Andy's own feelings; these latter are amplified through Andy's conversations with his coach, with his girlfriend and-poignantly-with the psychologist his concerned parents send him to. This quick-cutting, MTV-like approach allows insights into a number of different viewpoints, ranging from Andy's wrenching internal monologues to the ghastly perkiness of the school's ``grief counselor.'' Casting most of the protagonists as African American, Draper also makes some telling (though not terribly new) points about race and racism. Though the issue-oriented plot can get a bit preachy, the combination of raw energy and intense emotion should stimulate readers. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Death -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Aladdin Paperbacks,1996
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent, author, 1995
Description 180 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN 0689806981 (pbk.)
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