November 20th, 2020
| Published: November 18th, 2020 by Lion Fiction |
| Genre: Historical Fiction |
| Age: Middle Grade |
| Length: 224 Pages |
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Welcome to my stop on this week long blog tour featuring 20 amazing bloggers. To find out more, check out the schedule here.
We’re at that time of year which I consider to be the pefect time to pick up childrens and middle grade book, and I think you should definitely add this one to your list.
What Is It About?
Sahira and her parents are travelling from India to London to deliver two majestic tiger’s to the menegerie in the tower of London.
But tragedy strikes the ship and sickness steals Sahira’s parents from her on the journey. Left alone in London, Sarhira finds herself confined to a miserable and dangerous orphanage. Despite her heartache and the threats she faces, Sahira is determined to carry out her father’s last request – to protect God’s beautiful creatures: her tigers. To do so, Sahira must set out on an adventure and use all her powers of persuasion to engage the help of some new friends along the way.
Can the quest to find her tigers a safe home, lead Sahira to find her own place of hope and belonging in this strange and foreign land?
What Did I Think?
Sahira is a fearless young lady whose adventures in London I loved to read about. She’s thrust into a society that is very much against her because of who her mother is, the colour of her skin and the clothes she wears. But she faces all of that head on whilst staying true to herself and her own beliefs.
This has been compared to the likes of Frances Hodgsen Burnetts classic childrens books ‘The Little Princess’ and ‘The Secret Garden’ and I definitely agree. I loved both of these books when I was younger (and still do to be honest). But it has more of a modern feel as Tigers In The Tower explores the racism and snobbishness Sahira experiences from the Brits.
The writing is beautiful and makes this an enjoyable read for absolutely any age. It’s an emotional but hopeful story set in Victorian London about kindness, friendship and beautiful animals, and it really was a delight to read.
Where You Can Find It:
Sahira – Hero wiser than their years
Ava from Liz Moore’s The Unseen World. She’s very intelligent for her age and knows a lot of about code and computer science. She uses that to uncover her fathers secretive past.
Rama & Sita – Majestic book
I love this question, but I have no idea how to answer it. I’ve gone with a beautfiul book for this, which is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, this years Women’s Prize winner!
Pence’s Orphanage for Pauper Children – Fictional world you wouldn’t want to live in
They’re all a bit miserable, aren’t they? But none would beat Gilead from The Handmaids Tale. Especially for a woman.
Mr. Pence – Favourite Villain
A recent favourite is the Komizer from The Heart of Betrayal. He was so unpredictable, I loved (and hated) him!
Sahira & Ned – Favourite unlikely friendship
Katniss & Cinna. Who would of thought a girl from District 12 and a citizen of the Capital could get along so well?
Mrs. Cops – Favourite Fictional Mother
Molly and Cassie’s Mum’s from The Upside of Unrequited. I just remember they treated their daughters with so much love and respect and gave the best advice.
Tea & Ginger Cake – Book That Makes You Happy
One book that never fails to put a smile on my face is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It deals with some heavy topics but is also such a hopeful, uplifting read and funny read at times as well.
Nebbie – Fictional animal you want as a pet
I would love a pegasus. I love horses, and the only thing better than horses is horses that can fly.
About the Author: Julia Goldingis a multi-award winning writer for adults and young adults. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.
Born in 1969, she grew up near Epping Forest. She studied English at Cambridge University, then joined the Foreign Office and worked in Poland, before returning to Oxford University to study for a doctorate in literature of the romantic period. She worked for Oxfam, lobbying on conflict issues, before becoming a full-time writer. Over three-quarter of a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.