"One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!"When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching--he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel's preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't mind--he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.Awards & Honors- Notable Books for a Global Society- NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction (Honorable Mention)- CBC-NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People- A Junior Library Guild Selection- CCBC Choices- 2017 North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Children's Book Award nominee, intermediate fiction- 2016 South Asia Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Mitali Bose Perkins was born in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Her name means "friendly" in Bangla, and she had to try and live up to it because the Bose family moved so often - they lived in India, Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York City, and Mexico City before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area when she was in middle school.Mitali studied political science at Stanford University and public policy at U.C. Berkekey, surviving academia thanks to a steady diet of kids' books from the public libraries and bookstores, and went on to teach middle school, high school, and college students. She has lived in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and the United States. Mitali lives in Northern California with her family.Mitali's books include Monsoon Summer (Random House), Richshaw Girl, and the award-winning Bamboo People.