Martel, Y. (2001). Life of Pi. New York, NY: Harcourt, Inc.
Summary: This novel is about an Indian family that sells their zoo to move to Canada. They take a cargo ship together along with a few of the zoo animals, when a storm hits. The ship sinks after the teenage son, Pi, is thrown overboard into a lifeboat. He survives, but finds that he shares the lifeboat with four wild zoo animals. Shortly after, it's just Pi and a tiger. Pi and the tiger learn how to survive the journey across the Pacific, ending their journey in Mexico, where the tiger disappears and Pi is taken into custody to tell his tale. When confronted, Pi admits another version where the animals were actually people, including his mother, who were murdered on the lifeboat by a crew member.
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