Title: Through the Tiger’s Eye
Author: Kerrie O’Connor
Series: Telares Trilogy #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Adventure, Australian authors, Fantasy
Dates read: 11th – 17th March 2019
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘We’ll cook dinner, Grandma,’ said Lucy.
Just then T-tongue decided to take matters into his own paws. He sniffed the air, barked, shot across the floor of the pit – and disappeared.
Lucy and her little brother Ricardo follow their puppy and the mysterious, golden-eyed Tiger-cat into a secret tunnel leading to a foreign country – a country where children are held prisoner in the jungle.
Lucy still didn’t understand anything and it still felt crazy, but suddenly it was also simple; if Rahel was going to risk rescuing the little girl and the other kids, then Lucy had to help, even if she didn’t have a clue how.
This was the second time that I read this book. But, the first time was when I was in early high school, and it has honestly been boxed up ever since. Which is sad, because this reread reminded me how much I truly love this story. It is fun, interesting and powerful. It is based around Australia (which is always a bonus in my book) and centres on siblings that aren’t all love and roses towards one another. Because let’s be honest, there are no siblings who always get along and never fight…
I love the idea that Lucy and Ricardo are able to travel to another reality / country on a regular basis and meet other children their age. But, they are experiencing entirely different things. The children in Telares are victims of war who don’t act like victims. It drives home how truly lucky we are to live in Australia and to have grown up here. Not only does this make the story fantastic with a great message, but it also highlights the differences between peoples’ experiences across the world. We should be grateful for our good fortune a little more often, and this story is a poignant reminder of that.
This story is a great mix of young adventure, the ties of family and reminders of how we should never take for granted what we have. It is a great way to reconsider what people in war-torn countries are truly experiencing. Without the brutality that some adult-orientated books highlight. This still has that beautiful innocence that can carry a message, but not use shock and horror tactics.
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