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Grades 9 - 12Grades 4 - 6n/a5.7101027
Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?

Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It's a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on June 4, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-10: 0151008116
ISBN-13: 9780151008117
29 Book Reviews
  • aces
    acesabout 1 year22 stars
    I'm in Grade 5. This book is not my personal favourite. I'm a fantasy fan. Life of Pi is an easy to read book, but I think it would be better for grade 7-12.
    • happypug12
      happypug12over 7 years33 stars
      Yann Martel has a very deep and graphic way of writing. Children under 11 years of age may not understand this book, but overall, very finely written.
      • athleticamazin
        athleticamazinover 7 years33 stars
        I would recommend the book, Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, because it was an okay book. It was not a very simple read but I did like that the author was able to keep me hooked throughout the whole story. I would recommend this book to people who like religion based books and those who like books with animals in them.
        • frankybaby
          frankybabyalmost 8 years55 stars
          This book is good for people who like adventure. It is a really good book.
          • diamondkid
            diamondkidalmost 8 years55 stars
            This book is good for people who like adventure. It is a really good book.
            • turtle beepalmost 8 years
              ok i have seen the movie but if the book is like the movie I need it can some one tell me how much it is
              • peeps
                peepsalmost 8 years
                the movie is really good
                • s61878almost 8 years
                  I think this book is a really good book for people who like animals
                  • ck3
                    ck3almost 8 years
                    I saw the movie but did not read the book.The movie was good.
                    • inventor2004
                      inventor2004almost 8 yearsFeatured
                      The Life of Pi is an amazing story about a young boy named Pi. After a days at sea along with his family, Pi is fascinated by a storm going on outside his ship. Pi walks out to the deck where he realizes that the ship is sinking. As he plunges towards his family, he is horrified by the site of the flooded cabins. This event is a turning point in Pi's life. From then on, he lives his life sadly but with courage as he lives with Richard Parker,a Bengal tiger while being stranded on the ocean.