"One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!"

When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching - he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.

The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel's preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't mind - he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.

But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.

Awards & Honors

Notable Books for a Global Society

NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction (Honorable Mention)

CBC-NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

A Junior Library Guild Selection

CCBC Choices

2016 South Asia Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Mitali Perkins's Tiger Boy

Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tiger Boy
Author(s): Mitali Perkins
ISBN: 1-58089-660-X / 978-1-58089-660-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tiger Boy
Author(s): Mitali Perkins
ISBN: 1-58089-661-8 / 978-1-58089-661-0 (USA edition)
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2017 : Paperback
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Title: TIGER BOY
Author(s): Mitaliperkins
ISBN: 9383331224 / 978-9383331222
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tiger Boy
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tiger Boy
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