Tears of a Tiger

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Tears of a Tiger
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Author Sharon M. Draper
Illustrator Simon Pulse
Country United States
Series Hazelwood Trilogy
Genre Realistic fiction
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date
Media type Print(hardcover)
Pages 162
ISBN 978-0-689-80698-8
Followed by Forged by Fire

Tears of a Tiger is a fiction novel written by Sharon M. Draper. It was first published by Atheneum in 1994, and later on February 1, 1996 by Simon Pulse, and is part of the Hazelwood Trilogy. It depicts the story of a seventeen-year-old African American boy named Andy, who feels deeply guilty for inadvertently causing his best friend's death through drunk driving.

Main characters[edit]

  • Andy : A boy (main character) that feels major guilt for the fatal car accident for which he was responsible
  • Robert : One of Andy's best friends who is killed in the car accident
  • Monty : Andy's younger brother who looks up to Andy and gets advice from him throughout the story
  • B.J. : One of Andy's close friends who becomes deeply religious after the death of Robbie
  • Dr. Carrothers : Andy's psychologist.
  • Keisha : Andy's girlfriend
  • Tyrone : Andy's close friend
  • Coach Ripley : The basketball coach at Hazelwood High


Robert, Andy, Tyrone, and B.J. go out drinking after winning a high school basketball game. Andy is driving and crashes into a wall resulting in the death of Robert. Andy feels responsible for Robert's death, and begins visiting a psychologist. to work through his guilt. Meanwhile, Andy begins having visions of Robert in his sleep, in which Robert blames Andy for his death. Later on, Andy becomes so guilty that he pushes away from not only himself, but also his girlfriend. Subsequently Keisha and Andy break up. His guilt and depression at an all time low, Andy decides to end his life. His classmates write letters to him, heartbroken that they have suffered yet another loss.


  • 1995 American Library Association/Coretta Scott King Genesis Award
  • 1995 A.L.A. Best Book for Young Adults

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