Banks, Lynne Reid Tiger, Tiger

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Tiger, Tiger

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Tiger, Tiger is a hugely powerful and epic novel set against the dazzling backdrop of ancient Rome. This compelling and uplifting story about friendship, brotherhood and battling against the odds will grip all who read it.

Her heart was throbbing behind her ribs. A real, live tiger? But that was impossible! Of all the beasts brought from far-off countries the tiger was the most formidable. There could be no one bold enough to introduce one into Caesar's palace!

Two tiger cubs are snatched from their native jungle and shipped to Rome. On arrival at this strange land crowded with noisy "two-legs" they are cruelly separated. One cub becomes the princess's pampered and adored house pet. The other, fiercer, cub is trained to become the star performer in Caesar's bloodthirsty circus.

Princess Aurelia detests her father's brutal "sport", but must keep her feelings secret – no one dares criticise the almighty Caesar! The only person she can confide in is the slave Julius, her tiger's keeper. But such a friendship is equally forbidden: should the Emperor find out, his anger would be terrible and the punishment severe.

But friendship and love cannot be dictated, and neither tiger nor man is destined for a life in chains. In a world dominated by Caesar's will, all must fight for freedom…

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“Tiger, Tiger burns brightly to the very last page, and long afterwards, too.” Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Laureate

“A gripping, heartfelt tale of twin tigers set in Ancient Rome.” Amanda Craig, The Times

“Tiger, Tiger is a riveting read. In the style of a true Roman epic it combines bloodthirsty violence with unrequited love, and the themes of loyalty and freedom are carefully explored…” Books for Keeps

About the Author:

‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. She was born in London in 1929 and worked as an actress, writer and TV news reporter. Lynne has written thirty books: her first, ‘The L-Shaped Room’, was published in 1960. She now lives in Dorset, where she continues to write. Lynne says that writing for children comes much more easily than writing for adults.

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