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The Tiger on His Back

Written by Bernard Ashley

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In a nutshell: tense, contemporary and thought-provoking teenage drama

Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8 |  An eye-catching tattoo of a tiger links four people in Bernard Ashley’s new book.  Against her parents’ wishes, Sofia has a tiger head tattoo; screwing her courage to the sticking point while the young tattooist inks it on her leg, she is delighted with the result and what it says about her and her plans for her life.  When her actor father sees it, he uses the tattoo as inspiration for a new role, which gives the image more exposure.  A thuggish boxer has the same tattoo and is furious that the image is now being shared on others. The drama that follows is both crime thriller and romance, but also a meditation on art, what it stands for, how it connects us, and whether anyone can claim ownership.  Exciting and thoughtful contemporary drama from a literary old master. 

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+

Andrea Reece

The Tiger on His Back Synopsis

Sofia Drake wants a tattoo - a tattoo all of her own, where her parents won't see it. And when she's introduced to Sol Marks, a genius young tattooist, Sofia falls in love with his arty, original designs. But when Sofia's dad sees his daughter's new body art his reaction sets in motion a series of events no one could have anticipated. An enticingly original contemporary story of art, love and the power of creativity.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+

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ISBN: 9781781128121
Publication date: 15/06/2018
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128121
Publication date: 15th June 2018
Author: Bernard Ashley
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction

About Bernard Ashley

Bernard Ashley lives in Charlton, south east London, only a street or so from where he was born. He was educated at the Roan School, Blackheath and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester. After National Service in the RAF Bernard trained to teach at Trent Park College of Education, specializing in Drama. He followed this with an Advanced Diploma at the Cambridge Institute and has recently been awarded honorary Doctorates in Education by the University of Greenwich and in letters by the University of Leicester. During his career as a teacher he worked in Kent, Hertfordshire, Newham and Greenwich, with ...

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