Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Andy and his best friend Robbie have just won their basketball game. To celebrate they go out partying but Andy, who has been drinking, crashes the car and Robbie dies in the accident. Now Andy must deal with his actions. Although he expects to be hated by everyone at school he finds support from his girlfriend Keisha and a sympathetic teacher as well as his counselor. But despite this help Andy is not coping very well. Rather than a usual narrative the story is revealed in class essays, phone conversations, journal entries, and newspaper articles among other things. And a big twist at the end makes for an emotional climax to a great book.