Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy #1)

Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy #1)

by Sharon M. Draper


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Andy tackles his guilt and grief in the first book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy, now in trade paperback with a new cover.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442489134
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Series: Hazelwood High Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 32,359
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and 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 most recently 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. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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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Tears of a Tiger 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 600 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has great detail and tells the story of a teenage boy who made one mistake, but it changed his life forever. Andy and his friends were drinking. Andy crashed his car and killed his best friend. He treats everyone different and no longer has a sense of humor or ever smiles. He keeps blaming himself for the death of his best friend even though it's not his fault. He can't live with the pain and the guilt, so he commits suicide.This book is sad and devastating but it is one of the greatest books I have ever read. The plot is very good and it covers everything that you would expect a teenage boy to do in this situation. This book is altogether great. It shows that people shouldn't take the easy way out of tough situations.
EJ22 More than 1 year ago
Tears of a Tiger is about four teenagers in a car, laughing, having a good time, but when the driver, Andy, looks up again all he sees is a big wall. They crash and three of them make it out of the car. Rob is pinned in the car and his friends, Andy, Gerald, and Tyrone, all attempt to get him out. Before they could, the gas tank blows up and burns Rob alive. Andy is the most devastated because Rob was his best friend. Andy has to try to deal with losing his best friend, doing well in school, doing well for the basketball team, and staying true to his girlfriend. Dealing with sports and keeping my grades up is hard enough for me! Throughout the whole book is about Andy trying to keep his life straight. If you like books about basketball and drama you will love this book! Please don't miss out on a great book. You will love it! The end of the book has a very very surprise ending that almost put me into tears. I guess you can get attached to a book and the characters in it. It's almost like the book becomes a part of you and your life!
Gwen88 More than 1 year ago
In the book Tears of a Tiger, you see what Andy goes through when him and his friends get in a car crash that was his fault. He was the one that bought the beer and drank it and he drove. His best friend ends up dying in the crash. The book was really good in my opinion. And I am not going to lie. It was really sad and almost brought me to tears reading it. What I didn¿t understand was why was Andy driving when BJ was totally sober. If one of them wasn¿t drunk then he should have been the one that was driving. The whole book you see Andy slowly being torn up on the inside. At school no one really expected anything to be wrong because he was good at pretending that he was cool and all okay about the crash. He should have just opened up and been like, ¿ya¿ll it really hurts to think that it was all my fault...¿ and that would have probably helped a lot. And the fact that Keisha dumped him and pretty much told him to suck it up, was really mean of her. I mean I could see where Gerald was coming from because he went through a lot too, but keisha had never been through something even close to that. She said that she lost Robbie too but it wasn¿t her fault that he died. But the fact the Andy committed suicide was the really sad part for me. And the fact that his little brother found him, that was really sad. The end of the book was really good, and I love how they made the last paragraph from Andy¿s brother talking to his grave. I was kind of wondering why the book was called Tears of a Tiger. Then when I read that I understood. I guess Keisha know now how it feels to be one of the reasons why someone dies.
Taylor38 More than 1 year ago
Tears of a Tiger is a great book that I would recommend for all teens to read. Sharon Draper creates a situation to where she can explain Life and Death to young adults. One lesson I learned is to never drink and drive because you will never what might happen in the next second or two. Sharon Draper teaches responsibility and demonstrates it on a Teen who killed his best friend in a car accident. This book points out that not only older people die, but that younger people die also. Many children say I'm going to have a good life, but in the long run they end up messing it up and dying at a very young age. Sharon Draper takes her unique story and shows how you should live your life to the fullest each and every day. Even if you do something terrible you should let it go. In the books case Andy blames the death of his best friend on him and he take the pressure. He should have just moved on with his life because that¿s what his best friend Robert Washington probably wanted for him. Once again Sharon M. Draper makes another great story for teens to really understand what can happen in Life even if it's just an accident.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharon Draper know how to make these characters come alivr. When I read her novels they come alive as I read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book 5-STARS . ! Because never in my life has a book made me cry real tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tears Of A Tiger is an all time favorite of mine. It surely captures the dangers of drinking and driving, underage drinking, and depression among teenagers. This is a must read for anyone who likes action books. The ending? You'll never see it coming. -Ali
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great plot but a dark story, whoever gives this a postive review is awesome and whoever gives this a negative review is an idiot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was asome at the eant i was in tears. For real
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I had to read it for a summer reading book. I thouht it was gona be boring. But its the best.book i have read so farr.!(; If your thinking about getting it, i defintly would. !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book tells how one mistake can haunt your life forever. I recommend this to your teens (or yourself) whoever thought about drinking. This tradegy will probably change their mind in a heart beat. Please read! -Book Beast
TinyCowboy More than 1 year ago
The novel TEAR OF A TIGER was a page- turning and a well-written story of a teenage boy who suffers with depression after accidentally murdering his best friend and fellow teammate, Rob Washington, in a drunk driving accident. This book was a tad hard to understand because much slang is used and the book is quite stereotypical but is true to the real life tragedy of being responsible for another human accidental death and the classic teenage dilemma. I recommend this book for those with a certain taste in literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was aamazzing! The only problem was that it was really, really sad. My friend and I cried while reading it. But it only made the book better. I recomend it to everyone who doesn't mind a sad book.
Russo19 More than 1 year ago
This book meant a lot to me. My bestfriend, Nevada, asked me to read it and I did. I've had 4 friends die in car accidents, 11 friends die all together. This book made me cry, it's the best book I have EVER read. Thank you Sharon M. Draper for writing this amazing series. -Russo
jb14 More than 1 year ago
Imagine being behind the wheel of a car that kills your best freiend? Well this is like being in the shoes of a you teenage boy named Andy Jackson. He was in a very bad situation as he choose to drink and drive after a basket ball game which changed his life.The tone of this story is very depressing and guiltful. The authors purpose is to keep the reader intertained with sense and parts in the book that are real. The story takes place in the mid 1990's after a Hazzlewood basketball game with four basketball players get together for a good time.The main characters are Andy and robbie two of the teens that were involved in the tragity.The book has many main points that have alot to do with the way the story goes along and they all have a purpose to the way things lay out.The mood in this book is sometimes very different because of the events that occur.The author did a good job with fulfilling the main purpose of the book and getting the point across of anything could happen at anytme and it could change your life in a flash. The reason why i liked this book is because of the polt and the way the author keeps you in the story.I agree with the purpose of the story becuase of the fact that it could really happen to somebody and it can effect many pople in many differnt ways. I really liked the way the author lead up to certain events and everything all flowed together to make lots of since.The author overall didi a good job with the purpose of the book and the plot of it but he could have easially made it longer and addded more details to the story like how the victims famliy turned out and how the high school remembered the death of Robbie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried the book was too relatable
fgonzalez779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book Tears of a tiger by Sharon Draper is a book
RomikaC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Tears of a Tiger" is the story emotional tale of four high school teenagers, who are involved in a alcohol related car accident. This accident would change their lives forever because Robert who was a passenger is killed. Andy, who was the driver and Rob's best friend is scarred by this tragedy and learning to cope with the loss is daily struggle. Athough Andy is in the process of understanding and forgiving himself for what happened to his best friend, the everyday battle gets to be too much for him causing him to commit suicide."Tears of a Tiger" is a great book that can be incorporated into the classroom in numerous ways. Discussing the importance of refraining from the use of alcohol and drugs is the most important lesson. Showing students that only negative consquences can come from using alcohol jail, death, and diseases that occur due to alcohol use. Have students research newspaper, news, and other media sources for stories similiar to Andy's would be a good way to show them how often alcohol related deaths happen. Discussing peer pressure is another, children all deal with some sort of peer pressure but how he/she reacts in the important thing. Having a group decision about methods of saying no to peer pressure. I really enjoyed this book, I think you provided me with an inside look at how bad depression can be and the results of it if it's not controlled. So many times things happen in our lives that leaves us depressed or very saddened but, finding a way to cope with it is best.
SarahCoil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andy Jackson and his friends were all on the high school basketball team. After a big win, they decided to drink some beer and get behind the wheel of a car. Andy was driving and he watched his best friend die when they crashed and the car exploded. Andy tries to cope with the traumatic experience, but in the end everything does not turn out well for him either.As a teacher, I would definitely want the students to discuss suicide. I would want them to express the negative outcomes and how it only makes things worse for those around them. I would also ask them to do research on not only drunk driving, but underage drinking. I think that some of the statistics could have a huge impact on some of the students.I really liked this book. It made the dangers of drunk driving seem so real. Different people try to get the word out about people that die in drunk driving accidents, but it is not very common to hear about what the person driving is going through. I would never want to be in Andy¿s shoes; feeling responsible for my best friend¿s death. Throughout the book, it is obvious that he is struggling to cope with everything, but I never imagined it would go as far as it did.
DF1A_JaleahH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great teen drama of 3 basketball players and how they deal with the grief of losing a close friend and head of the basketball team in a car accident caused by andy also a basketball player, this book is based on the time of the accident and how they try to put their lives back together afterwards.
hammy_volleyball6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT EVERY TEEN NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK it is very sad also i was about to cry my eyes out
Ynaffit27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At times the writing seemed fake as Draper explained too much of a stereotypical black person's culture...working at Burger King, slavery, being followed in shops, etc. Sometimes what she wrote didn't seem necessary to the point of the novel and didn't seem to fit with the flow. Overall though, I liked the message this book was trying to convey. I think that Draper should have kept the whole book in Andy's point of view. I feel like there was too much dialogue and other genres going on that we couldn't really see Andy's degeneration; we were just simply told it. My favorite part of this book was the ending letters...they had a lot of passion and I got chills. Draper makes some really great points. Note: My rating is not about literary quality, but my own personal enjoyment. Thanks.
MrsDayClass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of drama and action,
jose_luis16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper is an in credible book. This is a fiction book. The Theme of this book is ¿Try to live your present and your future and try to forget your past¿ There are many characters in this book but the main character is Andy. In school he played basketball but his family didn¿t go cheer for his team. Another character that is important in this book is star of their Basketball team, Robbie. There are other characters like Rhonda, B.J., Keisha, Gerald, Tyrone, Dr. Carrothers and much more.There are several settings in this book. One of them is the car accident; another is the big basketball game. Andy cannot get over the accident because he is blaming himself for killing his best friend. They make him the new star for the team but he doesn¿t want to do it. Then he plays in the big basketball game and they win.In this book Andy feels depressed after the accident. To get over this accident he had to go see a psychologist for help. One day he¿s home alone and its time for you to get a copy of the book and see what happens to Andy. Does he get over the death of his friend or not? Read to find out.
ivynguyen_96 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Tears of a Tiger, encompasses that lingering in a past situation won't get you anywhere ¿ sometimes, you have to let go of the past to get to the future, forgive and forget. In the beginning, Andy Jackson, a highschool basketball, was behind the wheel of a drunk driving accident which causes the death of his best friend, Robert Washington. Throughout the middle, Andy Jackson struggles with coping with the death of his best friend thus causing him to lose contact with his loved ones (family, friends, girlfriend, etc.). By the end of the novel, Andy's been haunted by the accident to the point where he couldn't take it anymore, so he decided to take his life. (177/177 Pages)