Tiger Skin Rug: A Magical Journey

by Joan Haig (Author)

Tiger Skin Rug: A Magical Journey
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Two homesick Indian boys and their new Scottish friend join a magical tiger on a journey across continents.

Lal and his brother Dilip miss home. They don't like drizzle, midges, or the tiger skin rug in their creepy new house. All they want is to leave Scotland and go back to India. But that's before they make friends with Jenny, the girl next door--and before the tiger skin rug comes back to life. The tiger tells them it will take them home in return for their help, but it must first fulfill an old promise. An adventure story in which the young protagonists learn not only the true significance of the tiger skin rug's final message but also come to understand the real meaning of home.

Publishers Weekly

Lal Patel, nearly 12, and his younger brother Dilip have just moved to Scotland from India with their parents and maternal grandmother for their father's work. Unlike their modern housing compound in India, their new home, Graystanes, is a large, fully furnished bungalow in a small town, and feels haunted. Though both boys are homesick, things start to look up when they meet their exuberant, white freckled neighbor Jenny, who's eager to show them around town. Concurrently, the tiger skin rug in their drawing room starts to converse with Dilip, temporarily becoming an apparently resurrected tiger when it does. Bringing Jenny into their secret, the brothers decide to help the tiger fulfill the promise he had made right before he was poached. Soon, the group is magically traveling to London and then India on the rug in search of the tiger's promise. The children meet new people, solve riddles, and finally help deliver the tiger's message. Though the text, narrated by Lal, includes some cultural inaccuracies, Haig's characters are lively in this swiftly paced fantastical debut. Ages 8-12. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-7--After brothers Lal and Dilip Patel move from India to Scotland with their parents and Naniji, they quickly begin to miss home desperately. Everything in Scotland is strange--especially the tiger skin rug in their new drawing room that seems almost to move when the light hits it just right. So when Dilip discovers the tiger can move, the two jump at the chance to help him keep a long-kept promise and hopefully find their own way home again. Readers are sure to devour this magical, mysterious adventure of a debut, equal parts gentle and exhilarating. Lal and Dilip's longing for the familiarity of home resonates, as do the lessons they learn along the way. VERDICT A natural recommendation for fans of emotionally resonant adventure books, and authors such as Kate DiCamillo, Sara Pennypacker, and Katherine Applegate.--Kaitlin Frick, Darien Lib., CT

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Review quotes

"The novel's magic pulsates... Tiger Skin Rug is a story in which a myth intrudes upon a boy's reality, expanding his world and delivering him to a place of contentment and understanding."—ForeWord Reviews

"Tiger Skin Rug is such a charming story, full of magic, hope and friendship. It will fly (like a tiger) off the shelves."Melvin Burgess, Carnegie Medal- and Guardian Children's Fiction Prizewinner

"A beautifully written tale of magic and adventure, with highly relatable characters whose diverse cultures are skillfully woven together in a wonderfully imaginative plot."—Victoria Williamson, author of USBBY-honored The Fox Girl

"From a Scottish village to an Indian mountain, from the back streets of London to the palaces and sewers of Mumbai, Haig explores the power of legends and stories, families and forgiveness. ... Heartwarming, vivid and compelling."—Lancashire Post

"We were swept away by Tiger Skin Rug—a magical adventure that carries its readers between cultures and continents, and has concern for conservation at its core. Though Joan Haig's story contains a warning about the fragile situation of the world's remaining tigers, and a wider call to protect our precious ecosystems, it also felt full of hope and excitement."—roaringreads.com

"The book's plot is fast-paced and the language is lyrical."—Kirkus Reviews

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Europa Editions
Publication date
November 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories

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