Music for Tigers

music for tigers

Governor General's Award Finalist

Music For Tigers is a life-changing book bound to stick with you long after you finish it. Kadarusman takes readers on a journey to the other side of the world into the thick growth of the Tarkine forest of gum trees, lush vines, giant spiders, weird creatures and the elusive (and thought to be extinct) Tasmanian tiger. This unique setting introduces stunning wildlife: bandicoots, devils and the special tiger will capture the interest of even the most reluctant reader.

Louisa is sent to stay with her strange and silent Uncle Ruff, an uncle she doesn't know and barely understands. Ruff is ROUGH--a man of few words and not one to coddle a child. Besides playing her beloved violin, Louisa begins exploring her surroundings deep in her family's wilderness sanctuary and reading her grandmother's notebooks. She meets Colin who is on the spectrum and they become fast friends. Learning about the land and its "extinct" tigers fills Louisa with hope and love. When she realizes there is one tiger in danger because its home will soon be destroyed, Louisa (with Colin and Uncle Ruff) has to locate, capture and relocate the cat. Using her music, Louisa draws the beautiful cat to her.

This coming of age story with the elements of conservation, an appreciation and acceptance of the neurodiverse, a celebration of aboriginal peoples, the importance of saving the planet, practicing love and hope will pull on your heartstrings. Pages that follow the story give us hope as a planet--the Tasmanian tiger might still exist!

Highly, highly recommended for ages 8 and up! An excellent whole class read which could be taught across several subject areas: geography, history, science, reading, ecology, and perfect for discussions about empathy. A MUST READ and a MUST HAVE for every library and every middle grade reader.

Recommended by: Pamela Thompson McLeod, blogger, reviewer, literary intern, writer, Florida USA

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From Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Michelle Kadarusman comes a novel about a young violinist who discovers her mother’s family secretly harbor a sanctuary for extinct Tasmanian tigers in the remote Australian rainforest

Shipped halfway around the world to spend the summer with her mom’s eccentric Australian relatives, middle schooler and passionate violinist Louisa is prepared to be resentful. But life at the family’s remote camp in the Tasmanian rainforest is intriguing, to say the least. There are pig-footed bandicoots, scary spiders, weird noises and odors in the night, and a quirky boy named Colin who cooks the most amazing meals. Not the least strange is her Uncle Ruff, with his unusual pet and veiled hints about something named Convict Rock.

Finally, Louisa learns the truth: Convict Rock is a sanctuary established by her great-grandmother Eleanor―a sanctuary for Tasmanian tigers, Australia’s huge marsupials that were famously hunted into extinction almost a hundred years ago. Or so the world believes. Hidden in the rainforest at Convict Rock, one tiger remains. But now the sanctuary is threatened by a mining operation, and the last Tasmanian tiger must be lured deeper into the forest. The problem is, not since her great-grandmother has a member of the family been able to earn the shy tigers’ trust.

As the summer progresses, Louisa forges unexpected connections with Colin, with the forest, and―through Eleanor’s journal―with her great-grandmother. She begins to suspect the key to saving the tiger is her very own music. But will her plan work? Or will the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger disappear once again, this time forever?

A moving coming-of-age story wrapped up in the moss, leaves, and blue gums of the Tasmanian rainforest where, hidden under giant ferns, crouches its most beloved, and lost, creature.---from the publisher

192 pages                                      978-1772780543                    Ages 8-12

Keywords:  tigers, endangered species, endangered animals, coming of age, family,  secrets, Tasmania, rain forest, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Australia and Oceania, conservation, neurodiverse

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