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Tiger Skin Rug

An old promise. A mysterious tiger. A magical adventure.

Lal and his brother Dilip miss home. They don’t like drizzle, midges, or the tiger skin rug in their creepy new house. All they want is to leave Scotland and go back to India. But that’s before they make friends with Jenny, and before the tiger comes back to life...

The tiger tells them it will take them home in return for their help: it cannot rest until it fulfills an old promise. Can Lal, Dilip and Jenny help it on its quest? Will they get back home? And who is following them?

Coming to North America November 2020!
Available online and in stores. Order through your local, independent bookshop or click on the link to buy now!

Cranachan Publishing, Feb 2020

Inside illustrations by Marian Brown

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021


Finalist in The People's Book Prize 2021


Reviews of Tiger Skin Rug

Book Bloggers Say...

'An unreal book aimed at ages 8-12 but one I will most definitely be recommending to everyone! One of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year without doubt.'

Stoomio - read full review here.


'A unique and atmospheric middle-grade fantasy... There’s something timelessly appealing about magic carpet adventures.'

Books for Topics - read the full review here.

'Tiger Skin Rug held me entranced. It’s an example of writing for children at its very best and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s brilliant.'

Linda's Book Bag - read the full review here.

'Everything about this book is delightful: the children and their families, the magical tiger, the wonderful characters they meet along the way and the gentle references to conservation and environmental issues.'

Anna's Adventures in Book Land - read the full review here.

'A fast-paced adventure which was lots of fun to read but one which had important underlying messages too.'

Get Kids Into Books - read the full review here.

'Joan Haig has a fantastic way of luring the reader in. From the creepy vibes to be found in their new home to the warm climes of their old one, you will be glad you opened this book as you join Lal, Dilip and Jenny as they travel to distant lands determined to unravel the mysteries of the tiger.'

My Book Corner - read full review here.

'Tiger Skin Rug is aimed at children age 8 to 12 which I think is perfect, Lottie is 8 and absolutely loves this book and I am 12 and easily got lost in it. I am sure it would also appeal to older readers too though, my Mum loved the style of Joan Haig’s writing and really enjoyed the story- she and Lottie cheated near the end and swapped their chapter a night for three chapters as they were enjoying it too much to stop!

I really hope Joan Haig has plans for more children’s novels in the future.'

What Luke Did Next - read more here.

Your Favourite Authors say...


'Such a charming story, full of magic, hope and friendship.'

Melvin Burgess, Carnegie Medal Winner


'Spellbinding. Thrilling. Heartwarming. I devoured it in one gulp.'

Jenni Spangler, author of The Vanishing Trick


‘Tiger Skin Rug is beautifully written and shimmers with magic.’ 

Lindsay Littleson, author of The Titanic Detective Agency and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns

'A beautifully written tale of magic and adventure, with highly relatable characters whose diverse cultures are skilfully woven together in a wonderfully imaginative plot.'

Victoria Williamson, author of The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

'A fabulous read. Beautifully realised characters, glorious settings, intriguing mysteries... and a wee pinch of magic. Children will love joining Lal, Dilip and Jenny on their remarkable journey.'

Mark A. Smith, author of Slugboy Saves the World

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