Tears of a Tiger
|Author||Sharon M. Draper|
|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.
- Andy : A boy (main character) that has mental issues towards the accident he had caused for Robert's death.
- Robert : One of Andy's best friends that was dead due to the accident of drunk driving that Andy had caused.
- 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 and becomes deeply religious after the death of Robbie.
- Dr. Carrothers : Andy's psychologist.
- Keisha : Andy's girlfriend who later becomes his ex-girlfriend after having a fight with him.
- Tyrone : Andy's close friend
- Coach Ripley : The basketball coach of Hazelwood High.
Robert, Andy, Tyrone, and B.J. go out drinking (excluding B.J.) after winning a high school basketball game. Andy is driving and crashes into a wall causing it to be an accident, resulting in Robert's death. Andy feels responsible for Robert's death, and begins visiting a therapist 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 too guilty that he pushes away from not only himself, but his girlfriend, Keisha and results from them to break up. Andy later on commits suicide because he had too much pressure on him and decides to end his life.
- 1995 American Library Association/Coretta Scott King Genesis Award
- 1995 A.L.A. Best Book for Young Adults