The Tiger's Child
Simon & Schuster Inc., 1995
“It told of a six-year-old girl who had lured a local toddler from his yard, taken him to a nearby woodland, tied him to a tree and set fire to him.” (p. 3)
That’s an awfully dark thing for a six-year-old to be doing. Or anyone for a matter-of-fact. This is one of the opening lines of the book and is an immediate attention grabber. If a person were to read this and not have to stop to think about that statement for a moment, they may be a little dark too.
In the first half, Torey learns she will be getting a new student in the special needs class. She is experiencing that Sheila has many ups and downs. She learns that the little girl won’t just have an effect on her teaching life but also impact her personal life as well.
At the beginning, Torey is a little leery about Sheila due to her past. Soon Sheila is becoming more involved in class and starts showing great improvement. Although some days are like a roller coaster. Torey learns that the girl is more than just a regular student of hers. She is a geneous. Proving to be with an IQ around 180. Sheila improves more and more as the school year comes to a close. Soon it is time to say goodbye because Torey will be leaving for graduate school.
A couple years down the road Torey receives an envelope with familiar handwriting in it. It is from Sheila. A poem sent to the university she is attending. There was no letter or anything else with the poem and no way to see where it came from.
After Torey finished her schooling she decides to move back closer to where she came from. She is still curious of Sheila’s whereabouts. She locates Sheila after a while. It has been seven years since they’d seen each other and they are arranging a meeting. After the meeting, Torey and Sheila begin to hang out more and doing a lot of activities together. They talk about the past but Sheila doesn’t remember a lot about it or the times she spent in the classroom with Torey. As they are together Torey allows Sheila to read the book she wrote about having her in the classroom call One Child. Sheila isn’t too happy about the way Torey expresses her feelings in the book.
Torey brings Sheila to the class she is working with and Sheila takes an interest in one of the children. The child doesn’t have much family background like her and seems to be having troubles also.
So far this book is interesting. The author has a strange way of putting her text together by having large and random time leaps but other than that, this is a good book. It has some dark spots, like when she kills the child, but so does a lot of reading. The darkness helps show what detail the author is trying to get across. I like this book because it has detail that can help make the story more clear, but at the same time make you think. I wonder if the rest of the book will be as thought provoking as the first.