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 Sultan's tigers
 Author: Lacey, Josh

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 298 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 536525 ISBN: 9780544096455
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Adventure fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Uncles -- Fiction
 Criminals -- Fiction
 India -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Tom, who comes from a long line of criminals, travels with his roguish uncle to India to find a family treasure--an antique jewel-encrusted tiger stolen from the sultan's throne hundreds of years ago.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 162915
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 16.0   Quiz: 63262

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/13)
   School Library Journal (02/01/14)
   Booklist (11/01/13)

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Booklist - 11/01/2013 Lured by the promise of adventure and treasure, Tom again skips town with his unprincipled uncle Harvey. This time they follow a trail of clues to southern India to find a jeweled tiger statue buried by their ancestor Horatio in 1799. The search brings danger, friendship, arson, cultural understanding—and a bit of introspection on the part of Tom. His budding maturity never fully blooms, though, and by the end of the novel, Tom ignores his punishments and slips out of the house on a new adventure. Hand this fun adventure series (Island of Thieves, 2012) to future fans of Clive Cussler. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2014 Gr 4–7—In this follow-up to Island of Thieves (Houghton Harcourt, 2012), Tom Trelawney once more finds himself on a quest with his daring yet morally ambiguous Uncle Harvey. This time, the pair is reunited on the occasion of Tom's grandfather's death. When the boy is threatened by a mysterious man named Marko, he learns of some letters written by his Trelawney ancestor describing the location of a stolen tiger statue (based on the real-life "sultan's tigers" in Mysore, India)-worth two million dollars. Tom and Uncle Harvey embark on a race to get to the statue before Marko, both to satisfy the Trelawney love for adventure and to cover Uncle Harvey's debts. Fast-paced action is to be expected from this title, which has compelling, movie-poster-like cover art, but there's a lot more to it than that. As Tom explores India for the first time, he learns about the current state of affairs, especially the level of poverty afflicting the region. What could have just been an exotic thrill ride turns into a reflection on American privilege. The Sultan's Tigers is a rollicking story that works as a stand alone and is a great choice for reluctant readers, especially those looking for books with male protagonists.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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