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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, the Korean version of "Once upon a time . . ."

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TAE KELLER was born and raised in Honolulu, where she grew up on purple rice, Spam musubi, and her halmoni's tiger stories. After high school, she moved in search of snow, and now lives in New York City. She is also the author of The Science of Breakable Things. Visit her at TaeKeller.com, follow her monthly love letters at bit.ly/lovetae, and find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award for Fiction and Poetry

Roars to life with just a touch of magic." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "A heartfelt reminder of the wonder and beauty in our everyday lives." --Booklist, starred review "Deeply moving... vulnerable and mythic storytelling in the vein of Erin Entrada Kelly and Kacen Callender." --School Library Journal, starred review "Keller's (The Science of Breakable Things) #OwnVoices journey through Korean mythology begins with a fantastical quest and slowly transforms into a tale about letting go and the immortality that story can allow." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "It's a complex, satisfying story, one that foregrounds family and healing alongside a love for Korean folklore." --The Bulletin, starred review This beautiful book reminds us that, even in a world filled with stolen stars, crafty tigers, and family secrets that spring from folklore, the most powerful magic of storytelling is the story we decide to tell about ourselves. --Kat Yeh, author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie

An intoxicating mix of folktale, fantasy, friendship and love (and tigers!). Through a series of challenges--and also a lot of laughter--Lily (a.k.a. Lily Bean, Eggi, Little Egg) finds out what she is made of. She is a character who'll stay with me--and whom I already miss! --Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Finding My Voice and Somebody's Daughter

An ambitious and bewitching brew of Korean folklore, magical realism, and classic coming-of-age story, When You Trap a Tiger is a tender tale as unique as it is universal. Keller's writing shimmers with magic, heart, and hope. --Ali Standish, author of Before I Was Ethan Praise for Tae Keller's The Science of Breakable Things Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and the Chicago Public Library! A compassionate glimpse of mental illness accessible to a broad audience. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review A winning story full of heart and action. --Booklist, starred review Holy moly!!! This book made me feel. --Colby Sharp, editor of The Creativity Project Natalie is an engaging narrator whose struggles at home and with her peers ring true. --Deborah Hopkinson, award-winning author Inspiring, emotional, and heartwarming. --Melissa Savage, author of Lemons

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