When You Trap a Tiger

when you trap a tiger

2021 Newbery Winner

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

Some stories refuse to stay bottled up...

When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal--return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni's health--Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice...and the courage to face a tiger.

Tae Keller, the award-winning author of The Science of Breakable Things, shares a sparkling tale about the power of stories and the magic of family. Think Walk Two Moons meets Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!---from the publisher

304 pages                        978-1524715700                      Ages 8-12

Keywords:  tigers, family, magic, illness, folklore, Asian folklore, girls and women, grandmother, quest, Asian culture, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, magical realism, Newbery Medal


Lily sees the tiger in the road ahead and closes her eyes before their car slams into it.  But...nothing happens.

Lily, her older sister Sam and their mom, get to grandmother's house, Halmoni's house, and that's where Lily learns the tiger is real and the tiger is after stories - stories Halmoni stole.

Can Lily stop the tiger?  Can Lily save her grandmother's life?

What is your story ...some of its where you come from and the rest is what you decide it will be.  Fight the tiger.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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