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The Tigers in the Tower

Written by Julia Golding

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction

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Thrilling adventure starring a fierce, bold young girl and her tigers

Julia Golding is a gifted storyteller and her new book has everything you want in an adventure. Sahara Clive arrives in London an orphan, friendless except for the two tigers her family were escorting from India to their new home in the Tower’s famous menagerie. Her English father and Indian mother died on the journey and it is quickly assumed she would be an embarrassment to her English family. It’s the nineteenth century, Wellington is Prime Minister (and makes some cameo appearances) and Sahira is placed in an orphanage run with the casual cruelty familiar from other famous orphan stories. Sahira though is as fierce and proud as her tigers and not to be pushed around. Sustained by courage and poetry and with the help of some good people and more than a few animals, she overcomes prejudice, greed and ignorance to secure a new home. Elegantly told, this is a real box of delights, an adventure that is exciting, heartwarming, moving and inspiring. One to recommend to fans of A Little Princess or modern historical adventures by Jacqueline Wilson or Robin Stevens.

Andrea Reece

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The Tigers in the Tower Synopsis

Sahira's family are travelling to England to deliver two majestic Indian tigers to the menagerie in the tower of London. But tragedy strikes and sickness steals Sahira's parents from her on the journey. Left alone in London, Sarhira finds herself confined to a miserable and dangerous orphanage. Despite her heartache and the threats she faces, Sahira is determined to carry out her father's last request - to protect God's beautiful creatures: her tigers.

To do so, Sahira must set out on an adventure and use all her powers of persuasion to engage the help of some new friends along the way. Can the quest to find her tigers a safe home, lead Sahira to find her own place of hope and belonging in this strange and foreign land?

The Tigers in the Tower Press Reviews

"A Little Princess - with tigers! Orphan and outcast Sahira Clive is a brave and plucky heroine with a brightly burning heart. I was rooting for her all the way to the end of this thrilling - and thought-provoking - adventure.” - Ally Sherrick, award-winning children’s author 

“A fantastically thrilling plot full of magical colour, tastes and the smells of India. There is everything to love about this book and nothing to dislike.” - Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books

“A heady, atmospheric and intoxicatingly involving story with a brave and plucky young girl at its heart.” - Read It, Daddy!

“A delightfully engaging global escape, with the classic feel of Kipling’s The Jungle Book.” - Lauren H. Brandenburg, author

“Like Sahira, I’ll be dreaming of tigers for days to come! The Tigers in the Tower is a must read for animal lovers of all ages.” - Luke Aylen, author 

“This book is absolutely amazing. I cried, I raged, and above all I absolutely loved Sahira’s journey. I would highly recommend this wonderful story to anyone.” - Ash & Her Books

“A beautifully written story that will take you on a journey from India to Victorian Britain. This book is an adventure you won’t want to miss!” - Sharon Dirckx, author

“Readers will love Sahira, the cultured, well-mannered, tiger-hearted heroine who knows a thing or two about facing down danger. A gloriously atmospheric and exciting adventure.” - Nick Tomlinson, author of The Ghouls of Howlfair

“A glorious, gripping, and atmospheric romp through Georgian London.” - Karen McCombie, author of Little Bird Flies


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ISBN: 9781782643173
Publication date: 18/09/2020
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782643173
Publication date: 18th September 2020
Author: Julia Golding
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction

About Julia Golding

Julia Golding is the author of over thirty books for children and young adults. Her stories are set all over the world (and in some new worlds too) and span the centuries. In her first year as a published author, she won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize (Gold Award), was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.  In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.  Dragonfly ...

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