Synopses & Reviews
Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.
Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Daveys “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels.
Slowly, with Wolfs help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?
After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears. "This is a masterly novel."--Jean Fritz, The New York Times Book Review. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
About the Author
Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, and always believable stories. Among her hugely popular books are Blubber, Freckle Juice, and Are You There God? Its Me, Margaret. Judy Blume is the recipient of the National Book Foundations 2004 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West and New York City. Visit her at www.judyblume.com.
Judy Blume talks about writing
Although there's a violent crime at the center of the story, Tiger Eyes isn't about violence. It's about the sudden, tragic loss of someone you love. I lost my beloved father suddenly, when I was 21. He died, not as the result of a violent crime, but of a heart attack at home. I was with him. I still can't write this without choking up, remembering. Davey's feelings about her father's sudden death were based on mine, though I'm not sure I was aware of it while I was writing the book.
I lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the setting of the book, for two years. My teenaged children went to school there. It wasn't a happy experience but it helped me write what George (my husband) and Larry (my grown son) think is my best book. It allowed me to write about a world I would never have known, about characters I'd never have imagined. Yet I had no idea, while I was living there, I would ever write a book set in that town. All I could think of was getting out. It took a few years to look back and see it more clearly.