When You Trap a Tiger

By Tae Keller

Lily bargains with a magical tiger to return stolen stories in order to save her sick grandmother.


From the 2021 Newbery press release: This masterpiece of magical realism is an evocative story of love, loss, and hope that brings Korean folklore to life. Through her halmoni’s tales, Lily learns that with stories we can share our past and shape our future.

“Keller’s riveting tale about the power of stories can help readers embrace the tiger within themselves—by displaying their strength and courage when necessary,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Dr. Jonda C. McNair.

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