Reviewed for High School, 2007

Piscine Patel is a normal 16-year-old boy whose biggest problem is his odd name, until his zookeeper father decides to move the family to Canada. A harrowing shipwreck leaves Pi floating on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a wounded zebra, a potted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The tiger makes quick work of all the other passengers and Pi is left for the next 200 plus days with a severely grumbling stomach and only his wits to survive. This novel won the Booker Prize, but don't let that scare you. This is a fun fable, and a good choice for mid-high school teens. (Canongate Pub Ltd, $8)