About The Book

Andy tackles his guilt and grief in the first book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

Tigers don’t cry—or do they? After the death of his longtime friend and fellow Hazelwood Tiger in a car accident, Andy, the driver, blames himself and cannot get past his guilt and pain. While his other friends have managed to work through their grief and move on, Andy allows death to become the focus of his life. In the months that follow the accident, the lives of Andy and his friends are traced through a series of letters, articles, homework assignments, and dialogues, and it becomes clear that Tigers do indeed need to cry.

About The Author
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Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 2014)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442489134
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

“As compelling a novel as any published in the last two decades. Buy it, read it, share it.”

– VOYA

“Short chapters and alternating viewpoints provide raw energy and intense emotion."

– Publisher's Weekly

“The characters' voices are strong, vivid, and ring true. This moving novel will leave a lasting impression.”

– SLJ

Awards and Honors
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award
  • ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award
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