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Tears of a Tiger
Hazelwood High Series, Book 1
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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...
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...
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  • 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.
 

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  • Sharon M. Draper is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years, and Blended has also been a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Florida, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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  • DOGO Books fajaa - I read this book in 6th grade, and it was incredible. It's about these basketball players in high school who after winning a basketball game, go out drinking and driving. The main character collides with a wall and kills one of the passengers. The rest of the book is emotional and lets you really hear through his thoughts, the main character's guilt and other feelings.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 29, 1996
    A high school basketball star struggles with guilt and depression following the drunk-driving accident that killed his best friend. Short chapters and alternating viewpoints provide "raw energy and intense emotion," said PW. Ages 12-up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 3, 1994
    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.

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