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Iris and the Tiger
Iris and the Tiger | Leanne Hall
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Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortuneand her sprawling estateto Iriss scheming parents. But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isnt quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iriss eyes play tricks on her. While outside, in the wild and untamed forest, a mysterious animal moves through the shadows. Just what is Aunt Ursula hiding? But when Iris discovers a painting named Iris and the Tiger, she sets out to uncover the animals real identityputting her life in terrible danger. Leanne Hall is an author of novels for young adults including the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night. Iris and the Tiger is her first work for younger readers. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy. Leanne has worked in the arts, educational publishing and as a bookseller, but her enduring passion is for youth literature. The surrealist magic is the most refreshing element of the book: its a kind of magical realism that is unusual in childrens and YA fantasy...Iris and the Tiger will appeal to older primary and younger high-school readers who like magic and are, like Iris, bored by teen romances. Books & Publishing Iris and the Tiger is its own piece of surrealist art. Its inexplicably wondrous and confusing. It might need twisting around to view it from another angle. Its confusing if you try to explain it too much. But it resonates, and it offers you a glimpse into a new world. And it defies labels, and challenges preconceptions. CBCA Reading Time This is a very special book, by a vibrant Australian author. I love that younger readers get to experience the writing of Leanne Hall, and I especially love that Iris and the Tiger will also surprise and delight older readers alike. Alpha Reader Iris and the Tiger has all the hallmarks of a classic childrens novel...A great adventure novel. Readings Full of surprises and unexpected turnings. Magpies Younger (and not-so-young) readers will delight in this marvellously original tale, with its clever plot and wealth of imaginative ideas...An utterly enchanting book. BookMooch I absolutely loved Iris and the Tiger! Leanne Hall enchanted me with her tale of magic and mystery. It is a really unique and refreshing story with plenty of excitement to keep you reading. There is something in this book for everyoneart, magic, mystery and wonderful characters. My Best Friends Are Books Leanne Halls charming adventure story for younger readers takes classic tropes of childrens literature and gives them a surprising twist. Age/Sydney Morning Herald This is a compelling and totally absorbing book that has a timeless, classic feel about it...A wonderful, unique adventure story to read, cherish and remember. ReadPlus
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meichner87
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A solid middle grade surreal fantasy, with a Chinese-Australian main character & a mysterious house. #middlegrade

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TheBookHippie
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Good middle school book!

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earlgreyediting
Iris and the Tiger | Leanne Hall
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These are just some of the Aurealis Award submissions from Text Publishing. Have you read any of these?

Chachic I haven't read any of these but I have a few Aussie YA in my TBR pile. 3y
earlgreyediting @chachic Anything particular? 3y
Chachic I'll try to take a pic and upload it.😊 3y
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Treatyoshelf
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Miyazaki meets Alice in Wonderland in Spain. With art! 💃🏻 A surrealist adventure, this book is as vivid and original and wondrous as a dream.

Yournewfriendsams I love this picture 😍 3y
Treatyoshelf @Yournewfriendsams Thanks, Sam 💕 3y
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Treatyoshelf
Iris and the Tiger | Leanne Hall
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#CurrentlyReading -- Leanne Hall is one of my favorite YA authors so I'm excited to read her first middle grade book. I mean, look at that cover. I had to take it to The Broad with me to photograph.
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SusanInTiburon Love love your picture! 3y
halfdesertedstreets I really really want to read this one! 3y
Treatyoshelf @SusanInTiburon Thank you, Susan! 3y
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