Review of When You Trap a Tiger

When You Trap a Tiger
by Tae Keller
Intermediate, Middle School    Random House    298 pp.    g
1/20    978-1-5247-1570-0    $16.99 
e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1572-4    $9.99 

Korean American middle schooler Lily thinks she has to take on a magical tiger in order to save her beloved Halmoni (grandmother), but the truth is much more complicated. An ambitious number of themes — coming of age, family relationships (particularly between sisters and between generations), belonging, friendship, grief, and end-of-life — intertwine in a heartfelt novel. Debut author Keller incorporates Korean folktales throughout, adding richness and depth.

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Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.

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