by Tae Keller
Submitted by Stefanie M.
When You Trap a Tiger is a whimsical and magical adventure. Lily feels nothing like a hero, quite the opposite in fact. Her sister calls her a QAG, quiet Asian girl, and she often feels invisible. That is, until she sees a giant tiger in the road, speaking just to her, as her family travels to move in with their sick halmoni. This tiger is reminiscent of Halmoni’s old Korean folktales, and the tiger is offering her a deal--to restore Halmoni’s health in exchange for something that Halmoni supposedly stole from the tiger.
Will Lily have the courage to face the tiger and complete the challenge in order to nurse Halmoni back to health?
This is a lovely and heartwarming story, with touches of magical realism, all about navigating change and facing the things that scare you the most. Recommended for Grades 4+
(Newbery Medal Winnter)