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Review: Tiger Lily (Anderson)

This is a beautifully-written romance between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily. Great for teens who love retellings.

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AUTHOR: Jodi Lynn Anderson
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PUBLICATION DATE: July 3, 2012
ISBN: 9780062114617
PAGES: 292
SOURCE: purchased for my Nook
GENRE: fantasy (Peter Pan spin-off)
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS

SUMMARY: Tells the story of Tiger Lily, the Neverland native who loved Peter Pan before Wendy Darling came along and took him away.

REVIEW: I am planning to take a group of students to see the play Peter Pan next May, so to promote the trip (they have to read 10 books on a list of 27 books in order to go), I included two Peter Pan spinoffs as possible reading choices. The other book is Peter and the Starcatchers (Barry), and I may also add Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth (Hart).

Tiger Lily is beautiful and lyrical. I love the descriptions of Neverland and how growing up/old is considered a contagious disease that affects Englishmen. Tiger Lily is strong and courageous, and I absolutely loved her character’s quiet power.The author takes her time crafting the story, selecting words carefully and perfectly to suit the emotion of the scene.

I’m not sure if I was supposed to like Peter Pan, but I really wasn’t a fan. He is skinny and wild and immature, and I have no idea what Tiger Lily sees in him.

I was a little disappointed that Captain Hook wasn’t a bigger player in the story. There is another pirate who plays a minor role for a little while, but even he isn’t really much of a threat. The biggest threat to Tiger Lily is her looming marriage to a brute and, of course, Wendy’s arrival in Neverland.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A beautifully-written story for fans of Peter Pan or retellings. Prior knowledge of Peter Pan is not necessary.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have one copy and two more on the way. It was mildly popular last year when we got it, but since I added it to our Lone Star Plus list this year, it is very popular. It’s been well-received by the students who have read it.

READALIKES: Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth (Hart); Peter and the Starcatchers (Barry)

RATING BREAKDOWN:

  • Overall: 4/5
  • Creativity: 4/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Engrossing: 3/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 4/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

CONTENT:

  • Language: none
  • Sexuality: mild; characters swim naked, but it isn’t sexual; some kissing; some allusion to rape; cross-dressing male
  • Violence: mild; a mermaid is eaten by a strange beast, one character is a murderer; crocodiles eat a human
  • Drugs/Alcohol: mild; drunken pirates

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