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When You Trap a Tiger

When You Trap a Tiger

Author(s): Tae Keller

Location(s): Oregon, South Korea

Genre(s): Children

Era(s): Contemporary

Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal

A hopeful, heartwarming story of a girl discovering her family’s past and present when she makes a deal with a magical tiger from her grandmother’s stories, the Korean version of “Once upon a time . . .” 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. The tiger offers Lily a deal: if Lily will open her grandmother’s star jars and return what she stole, the tiger will heal her grandmother. 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!

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

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