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Publisher's Summary

Coretta Scott King award-winner and National Teacher of the Year, Sharon M. Draper uses a brilliant variety of styles and voices to tell this compelling first story of her Hazelwood High trilogy. The night that changes everything in Andy's life begins as a great time. His basketball team wins a big game, and he and his best friend have some cold brews stashed in the car, just waiting for the rolling party to begin. Nothing anyone can say or do afterwards will convince Andy that what happens next isn't his fault.
©1994 Sharon M. Draper (P)2003 Recorded Books,LLC

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I have never read a novel that caused me to become so emotionally invested in it. This is a real life novel depicting real life situations that people, young and old, face on a daily basis. Wonderful, wonderful literature.

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Thankful that my child didn’t read it!!

When school was about to start, I saw a reading list posted on our school board website. 9th graders could pick one of 3 books listed, if they chose. Well I made a huge mistake and bought the book, Tears of a Tiger, for my 14 year old to read. Thankfully she never got around to reading it!!
Last night, I stayed up reading the book myself, and I’m horrified that anyone would think that 14-15 year olds could handle such a read. Shockingly, the age level of this book is 12+.
Maybe I’m bothered so much by this book because teen suicide has impacted my family; or may it’s because the teen is judged so harshly for his decision, yet he had tried to reach out, but no one was available; or maybe it’s because the author is very misinformed about mental health; or maybe it’s the way that everyone forgave the teen for a fatal drinking and driving accident that he caused, but couldn’t forgive him for ending his own life due to his mental and emotional trauma; but whatever it is, I’m so thankful that my 14 year old, who has been so profoundly effected by suicide did not read this!!
Normally, I’d never say anything negative of informative reading materials for students, from any educator, but Tears of a Tiger, is definitely not a book that should be on any students reading list.
Parents, always be proactive, because what might be ok for one student, might greatly effect yours.

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The narrator changes frequently, but I cried at the very end. The middle of the story was a little slow, though. Great book all in all!

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Best Book

I read this book before but I never got to finish and I’m glad I did🥺👏🏽

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Amazing!😭

I just finished reading this book today and it is very emotional. I couldn't stop crying aloud towards the end.

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Tears of a reader

This book, this series, has always been a favorite of mine. It talks about the ways that people try and cope with death and depression. I am so glad that I am able to retread this book. Strongly recommend.

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powerful story, wrong category

this is not a sports story. also, the effect of multiple narrators disturbed me (particularly women doing male voices).

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The best book

This was the best book I read and the drama is very intense and very deep in emotion

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A memory of my high school book I read.

I was so surprised to remember I used to read this when I was in high school for the first time. Sharon Draper was my favorite author at the time since "Copper sun" became one of my favorite read. I am a person with good memory and want to collect the books that I once read in high school and have them in my audible library. This is definitely a good read and listening to it makes be proud and happy.

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Good story; confusing performance

This is a good story; definitely a high interest novel for high schoolers, but anyone would like it. Some of the subtle preachiness wasn't so subtle. It was a nice audio to listen to on my 3hr drive.

The performers were good...especially during the first half. I prefer audios that feature a cast of voices rather than the reader performing all of the parts. Unfortunately, there were a few parts were the male and female dialogue was read by the man and similarly there were segments that had the a female reading both parts of a dialogue. I do not understand why because for most of the rendition each character had the same person assigned to read. Maybe they had a schedule to keep and a couple of people were absent so characters were double assigned. That was slightly annoying but overall a pretty authentic performance.

At any rate, I'm not disappointed to have purchased this audio.