Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright by Ron Koertge
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Worried that his mother will send his beloved grandfather to a nursing home "for his own good," Jesse and some of his eighth-grade classmates accompany Pappy into the mountains near their small California town to look for the tiger tracks he claims to have seen.
 

About Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, an American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for "one of the ten funniest books of the year." A two-time winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature, Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Scholastic. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Jesse, protective, takes to lying about Pappy's lapses in hopes of keeping him at home, though he's more and more taxed in trying to conceal Pappy's inadvertent escapades--and incredulous of Pappy's report of tiger tracks nearby.

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According to PW, Koertge's ``imaginative characterizations, wacky humor, and authentically adolescent dialogue'' give rich life to this ``tender and serious'' novel about a teenager who tries to conceal his grandfather's senility from his mother.

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When Pappy, an experienced tracker, returns from a desert camping trip convinced he has seen a tiger's paw print, skeptical Jesse and a gang of friends comb the countryside looking for further evidence--anything to keep the old man quiet.

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