Book Reviews

When You Trap a Tiger | Tae Keller



Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade 

Date Published: 28 Jan 2020

Format: ARC

Pages: 287 pages

Date Started:  21 Jan 2020

Date Finished: 28 Jan 2020

Goodreads rating: 4.54/5

My rating: 3.5/5

Source: Times Reads

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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 . . .

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, the tigers want it back. And when one of those tigers offers Lily a deal–return what Halmoni stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–Lily is tempted to accept. 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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Disclaimer: I received this ARC from Times Reads in return for my honest review

This is a story that tackles. family dynamics, loss, grieve and cultural heritage. It was nice to see the main character, Lily to be portrayed as someone with flaws. 

This book also, makes us realise that despite losing someone we love, we never actually stop missing them. They still live through the stories they’ve told us – through the way they narrated those stories to us.

Towards the end, we see Lily’s character evolving. We see how she develops from a quiet girl to someone who finds her voice in the end.

“And when you believe that is you being brave. Sometimes, believing is the bravest thing of all.”

This book is now available in all good bookstores.

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