Iris and the Tiger

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by Leanne Hall

Paperback / softback Age range: 9 to 11 years old Publication Date: 13/12/2016

5/5 Rating 3 Reviews
RRP  $16.99 $15.25

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune - and her sprawling estate - to Iris's scheming parents.

But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn't quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iris's 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 animal's real identity - putting her life in terrible danger.

'A surrealist mystery (what could be more intriguing than that?) and a fantastic journey through life, art and families. Wise, whimsical, delightfully original and altogether charming.' - Cassandra Golds

'Reminiscent of Elizabeth Goudge's classic The Little White Horse, full of mystery and an enchanting sense of elsewhere.' - Martine Murray

Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories
Age range:
9 to 11 years old
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Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is an experienced integrative psychologist with a focus on prevention, self care and sustainable health. She specialises in body image and weight issues, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Leanne has been a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney and a lecturer and senior tutor at the School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

A qualified personal trainer and nutrition coach, she has a genuine belief that mind and body are interconnected, and is committed to motivating her patients, to achieve a lifestyle that is healthy in both mind and body.

A TV presenter, she has been the Mind and Body expert for Channel 10’s The Living Room and regularly appears on Studio 10 as their go to Health Expert. Leanne writes monthly for Open Colleges and has appeared on various programs including as the body image consultant on makeover show Style Squad for E Channel.

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    Yet another thing I loved were the characters. They are SO amusing and special and unique and very Spanish-ly extravagant! I loved their actions and personalities and thoughts! They touched my soul at times and at other made me furious. They scared me and MADE ME CARE! I have never met characters like these before, and that's a fact!
    The setting was absolutely beautiful! Spain must be such a lovely country and this novel really made me want to go and see it, to discover its hidden, untouched places. I loved that the language the author used really helped to carry this across and paint this in my minds eyes.
    The plot was well laid out and there was nothing especially unique about its structure. I enjoyed the third person narrative it was written in from Iris's perspective as it allowed for me as a reader to kind of take in ALL and everything.
    There wasn't much in the way of a great big conflict, but that was okay because...
    THE ENDING MADE IT ALL BETTER! I loved how satisfying it felt and the way it wrapped everything up so cleanly! It brought a kind of deep calm and happiness to me when I finished the novel. I am ENAMOURED with this novel!
    Congratulations to Leanne Hall on publishing a spectacular children’s standalone.

    Rating Plan
    1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
    2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
    3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
    4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
    5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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    ARC kindly provided by Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

    ‘Iris and the Tiger’ is one of those small, hidden, national treasures you stumble upon quite randomly and end up falling in love with. This is my third work read by the wonderful, fellow Aussie and author, Leanne Hall. I knew to expect something quite new, refreshing and definitely magical, fantastical and somewhat bizarre. And I was NOT disappointed!
    'Iris and the Tiger' is probably my favourite novel out of the three the author has already published. It was bright and gave me a very, VERY colourful reading experience. But I'll talk about that later. I'd strongly recommend this novel for kids of nine years to fourteen, though some teens and tweens may not find it AS enjoyable since this novels main target audience is children.
    I loved the author’s writing. There has always been something...that indescribably beautiful, engaging and intriguing thing...that just wouldn't let me go! The writing is so smooth and flowing it's probably smoother than a baby's BUM! And so, so, so professional! It just SCREAMED maturity, talent and skill!
    The blurb really doesn't do the novel justice. It only gives you the barest of hints as to what the novel is ACTUALLY about. So let me tell you: 'Iris and the Tiger' is about twelve-year-old, half Aussie, half Chinese, Iris who has been sent by her scheming and ambitious parents on a ten-day trip to Spain. Found in Spain is her wealthy, land-owning and slightly crazy great-aunt who Iris's parents are certain is on her death-bed and this means that Iris needs to convince her great aunt Ursula that she is the one who should inherit the money and sprawling estate. But during her ten-day stay, Iris notices something different, special and almost magical is happening on those estate grounds. And when Iris discovers a mysterious painting called "Iris and the Tiger" she is intent on figuring out its origins and why the painting has no tiger, and realises that maybe, there's more to life than just her parents and an inheritance.

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    “She pictured a golden head with golden eyes and pricked ears, somewhere in the house. A striped body prowling down the curling staircase, out the front door and into the forest. Tail flicking as it moved beyond the edge of the painting and out into the real world. The tiger, doing exactly as it pleased, not caring in the slightest about the rules that should have kept it on the canvas”

    Iris and the Tiger is the first novel for younger readers written by Australian author, Leanne Hall. She may be only twelve, but her parents have set her a formidable task: Iris is to go to Spain and secure the estate of her Great Aunt Ursula. Ursula Freer must be in her nineties by now, and they are sure that some unscrupulous gold-digger will talk her out of her fortune and Bosque de Nubes, her country house and its extensive grounds,.

    Iris is met at the airport by the very uncommunicative Senor Garcia. No information to be gained there. Her Great Aunt, intense and artistic, is welcoming, reciting for her a special arrival poem, and even throwing her a dinner party, but Iris is soon aware that things are very strange at Bosque de Nubes.

    It’s not just the funny-looking paintings (surreal, she is informed), but a seemingly live banister, a set of boots with a mind of their own, sheet music that looks like ants and a pair of sporty sunflowers. Not to mention the scary-looking dark woods nearby. The neighbours seem a bit odd, but luckily the gardener’s son, Jordi can speak some English and is happy to show her around, and to help her look for the tiger that has escaped from the painting of her namesake, titled ‘Iris and the Tiger’.

    Younger (and not-so-young) readers will delight in this marvellously original tale, with its clever plot and wealth of imaginative ideas. Hall doesn’t talk down to her readers: her characters are believable, their dialogue is natural and there is some entertaining wordplay. The cover and chapter illustrations by Sandra Eterovic are particularly charming. This is an utterly enchanting book.