by: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tiger Lily has always been different. Adopted as an infant by the village shaman, Tik Tok, she is a skilled hunter, and pretty rough around the edges. When an Englishman is stranded on the island after a shipwreck, she helps to nurse him back to health, and things begin to change. She meets Peter Pan, a bold and reckless boy who leads his band of lost boys (saved from the slavery of Captain Hook). Tiger Lily is charmed by his semi-arrogant yet very vulnerable manner, though she doesn't believe in happy endings and no that it can't end well.
Tiger Lily was such a different experience from many of the books that I've read this year. It is narrated from the point of view of Tinker Bell. This point of view lent itself to interesting observations about both Peter and Tiger Lily's character and their feelings, since fairies can read feelings, but they can't speak. Tinker Bell is a narrator that is mostly in the background interpreting the scene, but does make a few important appearances. So, though the book was written in first person, it felt like it was written in third person. Very cool.
Though the pace of Tiger Lily is slow, there really is a lot in the book that I wasn't expecting, and each word was so very carefully placed. Issues like gender identity, abuse, loneliness, and growing up are all included. Hook doesn't make very many appearances, but there are enough glimpses of his character to make you feel a little bit squirmy when he does come around.
Fans of Peter Pan will really enjoy this new take on the girl that loved Peter Pan before Wendy ever came along. There's also a very sweet romance that I think you'll enjoy as well.