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When You Trap a Tiger
When You Trap a Tiger | Tae Keller
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When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Palimpsest
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This book is so beautifully written and I completely understand why it won the Newberry award. This is a story about Lily and her family and their Korean heritage, it is about stories and how they can change us and also how it‘s okay to change our own stories we tell about ourselves as we grow and change, at any age. This book is excellent. Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheBookHippie I love this book too. I‘ve gifted it several times. 8mo
Palimpsest @TheBookHippie what a wonderful gift! 8mo
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MallenNC
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This is another book I read in March that I enjoyed. I read it for a #PopSugar challenge (Tiger on cover) without knowing much about it. I enjoyed this, which weaves in Korean fairy tales and a modern story about a girl and her aging grandmother. It was interesting and the narrator was great.

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TaraTLK
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Oh wow, delightful and heartbreaking. Reminiscent of A Monster calls. Lily and her mom and her sister move back in with her grandmother. Captures that middle grade thing of knowing there are all these hidden layers and traps in the things adults and older siblings say, but not quite understanding all the layers. A story of a girl who wonders if tiger stories her grandmother told her contain the secret to saving her grandmother.

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This did a pretty good job of blending fantasy/magical realism, traditional Korean folktales, and a modern story about growing up and finding your place in a family. I would go ahead and recommend this to a lot of MG readers because I see kids connecting with it from a number of different angles. #LGBTQBookBingo #OrangeCover #BBRC Middle Grade Caper #PopSugar2022 #ABookWithTigerOnCoverOrInTitle @Kenyazero @LibrarianRyan

Kenyazero This sounds like an excellent read! 10mo
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Kay Spencer

This book is about a girl who goes to visit her halmoni (grandmother) who is sick. she meets a tiger along the road, and the tiger might just be the key to curing halmoni. this book has heart-felt messages, and I absolutely loved it, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy reads that hit you in the feels!

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Lily, her mom, and sister, Sam, move in with her sick grandmother (halmoni). One their way into town they are met (although only Lily can see her) by one of the magical tigers from her Korean grandmother's stories. The tiger claims Halmoni stole something from her and if Lily returns it, her halmoni will get better.

The real life matches nicely with the mystical.

TieDyeDude I just read the tagged children's book, which sounds very similar 1y
youngreadrshelf @TieDyeDude sounds interesting. Was it a picture book? 1y
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Listening this while I try a new knitting project. #newbery

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DrSpalding
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I finished this Newbery award winner today. Slow to start but a very emotional, touching ending. Here's a quote! "The sadness fades, yeah. Eventually. But the missing… I don't know if that ever does." A great book about Korean culture, sisterhood and dealing with loss. ❤️?

PatriciaS Great review 👍 I will definitely be reading this and finding a way to utilize this in emotional support teaching students about grief and dealing with their feelings in a healthy manner. 1y
kspenmoll Happy Litsyversary!!! 1y
DrSpalding Thank you!! ❤️📚 1y
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Branwen
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"How did you know you'd be okay?"

"I don't. But I believe in me. When you believe, that is you being brave. Sometimes, believing is the bravest thing of all."

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Branwen
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Reading with my boys before heading in to work! 💕📚

I love starting a new book and having that feeling wash over me; the feeling of 'this one is going to be special.' I'm getting those vibes from this book! I just started it and I can't put it down!

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas #chaplin

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Caryl
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What a beautiful story! I can‘t wait to discuss this year‘s Newbery winner with my book club in a couple of weeks. ✨🐅

This was my April #BookSpinBINGO #doublespin pick.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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TheBookHippie
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I enjoyed this very much !!!
#middlegrademarch #bookshelfbook2021

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Peaceful_Reader
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This is a beautiful middle grade story written in magical realism. Lily, her sister Sam, and their mom move from CA to WA to take care of their halmoni, grandmother in Korean. Lily sees a large tiger in the middle of the road and this begins a quest for her.

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This book made me cry. At first I didn't realize that the story was going to be dealing with the grandmother having an illness. I was very much pulled in by the magical atmosphere. I think the author did a great job weaving reality and fantasy so you weren't quite sure where one ended and the other began.

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BucklingBookshelves
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Finally getting around to those final thoughts! 😆 #buddyread

This was not my favorite Newbery medalist, but still a very good, solid book, worthy of the award. I ended up doing most of the book on audio, but still managed to mark a few great quotes. This was one of my favorites (pg 257). Did you have a favorite, @smilingshelves ? I know you said you were in need of a tin of book darts!

Now just to decide which Honor to read next & when! 😊

smilingshelves That is a great quote! I actually ended up ordering a tin of book darts. 😄 They arrived Saturday, so too late for this book, but they're all ready for the next one! 2y
smilingshelves I really enjoyed this book, especially Lily's character. I loved the way she saw the people around her, and I loved watching her grow and find her voice. As an adult, this was a powerful story. But honestly, I don't think I could convince many kids at my library to pick it up. That often seems to be the case with Newbery winners (except for the graphic novel, of course). I guess I'd rather have the award go to quality literature than... 2y
smilingshelves to what's momentarily popular or to kids' shallow interests. I just have to convince them they're missing out! 2y
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smilingshelves Curious as to your opinion - how real was that tiger? 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves that‘s a good question! I‘ve been thinking about it, and I‘m still not sure! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Definitely don‘t think there was a literal, physical Tiger, but they definitely saw something. Was almost wondering if Harmoni seeing it was an effect of her illness, but Lily saw it too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Seems like an element of magical realism of sorts. 2y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves I haven't quite figured it out, either. I assumed Lily was imagining it, but then during the rainstorm when Harmoni was in the hospital, the tiger walked in front of them and cleared the rain. So it had to be a bit more than imagination. We'll probably never know exactly what the author intended, and that's also probably the point! 2y
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves So... what and when should we read next? 😊 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I‘m pretty flexible! I can do the Space one anytime since I have the Kindle edition. At the moment, I have all of the other three out from the library as well. So maybe whichever you can get hold of next? — and if you can get any of them easily, take your pick! If monthly isn‘t too rushed for you, we could aim for mid-March since we did mid-February for our last one? More time in between is also fine with me, if you‘d prefer. 😊📚 (edited) 2y
smilingshelves Mid-March sounds good. How about All Thirteen next? That's the one I'm probably least excited about. (Although I'm fully prepared to be wowed!) 2y
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It's always the grumpy ones that hold the most wisdom. I especially love the line about seeing our own reflection in the water/stories. #buddyread
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BucklingBookshelves So true! I loved Joe. I just finished, too, while folding a late night load of laundry — I‘ll try to gather some final thoughts tomorrow 🙂 2y
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And 2 pages later... Where the Wild Things Are! #buddyread

smilingshelves She left her readers kid lit Easter eggs! 😃 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves I love it! Also, feel like these tiger stories must have parallels to Halmoni‘s real life. I think I‘ll need to go back and re-read them to figure out exactly who is who in the stories vs. real life. I‘m seeing a lot of themes of family and navigating two cultures etc, but I don‘t think I have it all completely straight just yet. 🤔 (edited) 2y
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How about this one for a kid lit reference, @BucklingBookshelves ? 😃

BucklingBookshelves This was so great! The first one is seeming very much to be on purpose now! 2y
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Page 62 #buddyread Literally LOL‘ed 😆

smilingshelves Yes! That was such a great line. I love Lily's voice. She's so wise in the way that she sees others around her, yet she's still a kid in the way she views the world. 2y
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Above quote from Pg. 37 #buddyread Switched to the audiobook to go on a walk! Just finished chapter 8.

Fun fact #1: The audiobook narrator (who surely is more trustworthy and knowledgeable than I) pronounces Halmoni closer to “Harmony” — always learning something new!

Fun fact #2: this line was SO reminiscent of ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie‘ to me, especially hearing it read aloud. Can you tell how many times I‘ve read that book?! 🤣

smilingshelves I also thought of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! 😂 I'm glad you shared that about the pronunciation, because that's definitely not how I was saying it in my head! 2y
BucklingBookshelves @smilingshelves it was not how I was pronouncing it in my head for the first few chapters either! And so funny you noticed the same thing about that line 🤣 #momlife 2y
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I'm only on page 13, and I've already decided I desperately need book darts for this book. Too bad I don't have any! I'll have to remedy that soon. 🙂
@BucklingBookshelves #buddyread

BucklingBookshelves Book darts are the best! I‘m starting now — hopefully a few chapters before bed — they seem like short ones, which is usually good for keeping you turning the pages for “one more chapter!” (edited) 2y
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Writeme
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For winning the Newbery, there wasn‘t much here. I didn‘t feel the characters or the themes were very well developed. Just so-so.

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When Lily‘s family moves in with her Halmoni she encounters a giant tiger. A tiger no one else can see, and one who insists that her Halmoni stole something from the tigers and they want it back.

This modern story based around Korean folktales tells the tale of family, love, strength, and a girl who finds her voice. I loved, loved, loved this story!

#asianpacificamericanawardwinner2021
#newberymedalwinner2021

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Lindy
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I hadn‘t heard of this until it was awarded the Newbery medal & it‘s great! It‘s about grief, sisters, friendship and the power of stories.
Her older sister calls her a QAG—Quiet Asian Girl—but Lily learns that being invisible is perhaps NOT her superpower. She does, however, see invisible things. A lovely blend of Korean mythology with relationship dynamics within a contemporary American family of mixed ethnicity. #audiobook read by Greta Jung.

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I‘ve got about 20 layers of fears stacked over my heart.

julesG But they are very colourful. 😁 2y
Lindy @julesG Ha! A stack of dark coloured things may have been a better match for this quote, but it‘s a photo I happened to have on my phone. 😊 2y
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Lindy
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The tiger “rolled her terrible eyes and gnashed her terrible teeth.” I love all the allusions to other stories in this Newbery award-winner.

ephemeralwaltz Awww😍😍 2y
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Lindy
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The tagged novel won the John Newbery medal today. Follow this link for the rest:
http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2021/01/ala-announces-2021-youth-media-aw...

Butterfinger I saw some great titles and authors. Proud of my home state Guthrie for a lifetime achievement award. I have visited her museum in Gastonia. 2y
Butterfinger Thank you for sharing. 2y
Lindy @Butterfinger I hadn‘t heard of Dorothy Guthrie before. That‘s one of the great things about award ceremonies: drawing attention to deserving people and books. 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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The Newberry Award winner. Not what I thought it would be. I‘ve not even heard of this book.

I was really hoping it would be Enron divided.

KathyWheeler Were you at ALA? Did you see Amanda Gorman and Jill Biden? (edited) 2y
LibrarianRyan @KathyWheeler No and No. There were a few sessions that were open to everyone (mostly book releases) that I signed up for. My department rarely gets to go to ALA because most of it does not pertain to what we do. 4th floor normally sends 3-5 people. But it was all virtual. They didn't even ask if anyone wanted to go.. 😞 2y
KathyWheeler @LibrarianRyan I went this year even though it was virtual because it will probably be my last ALA. I don‘t think I‘ll renew my membership, and I will probably retire soon. 2y
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LibrarianRyan @KathyWheeler I haven‘t paid for my membership since I changed libraries. It‘s not as relevant as it used to be for government information. But I still love their conference. I go when ever it‘s in Chicago even if I have to pay for it myself and sleep at my aunts. 2y
KathyWheeler @LibrarianRyan They also don‘t have as much for academic libraries, especially in collection management, as they do for public libraries. I get more out of the Charleston Conference. I like to go when it‘s in New Orleans because I‘m only 2 hours away and I love NO. 2y
LibrarianRyan @KathyWheeler there is not really a conference for what we do. Our boss likes to pretend we are an academic but we‘re not. We belong to an academic system but are one of 5 special libraries. The worse is when we have to sit through webinars an education sessions that do not apply to us. Tomorrow is managing registrar systems and the transfer of info between those systems and the circ system. But at least I can multi task. 2y
KathyWheeler @LibrarianRyan I hate that too. I‘ve had to go to webinars on instruction. When I was in Reference, that was fine; now, I just read email or do something else while the webinar is going on. I‘ve never had to go to something as clearly irrelevant as the one you‘re having to sit through though. (edited) 2y
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Reign_5.0
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Omg. I laughed, I cried, and I definitely understand this book.

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Reign_5.0
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Currently listening to

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Lylah
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Reading this on this gloomy morning before work.

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Johanna414
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My March Junior Library Guild box came in yesterday - here‘s a pretty selection of books with covers that make me want to drop everything and read them! #litsyloveslibraries #schoollibrary #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An adorable middle grade story about a young Korean girl & her family. They move to go live with their grandmother, who is called Halmoni in Korean. I love the incorporation of magical realism through the old family stories that Halmoni has told the young girl growing up. Keller does an excellent job channeling the feelings of a young child trying to find out who she is.

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