The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

I read this book because my son's fourth grade class was reading it, so I read it along with them so I could discuss it with my son.  


There were some themes in the book that were definitely apropos to school, like bullying and being the new kid in school. But the thing I kept thinking while reading this was: man, this is a children's book?  


I mean talk about depressing.  My poor kid, while being interested in the story, was really distressed by Rob's lot in life. And the poor tiger.  *sigh*


Anyway, this was an interesting book but I thought it was little heavy for my nine year old.