When You Trap a Tiger
Lily, her older sister Sam, and her mother move from California to Washington State to move in with her Halmoni (her grandmother). Halmoni has always been a little magical and eccentric, and Lily needs that right now, especially when it feels like her mother doesn't really see her, and Sam seems angry and distant all the time. When it turns out that Halmoni is seriously ill, Lily feels uncomfortable things like rage and power and loneliness, and most of all, she wants to fix everything. Halmoni tells her never to trust a tiger, but Lily can see one - it even speaks to her - and Lily is tempted to make a deal with the tiger if it means she can save someone she loves.
This book is strange and beautiful in the best possible way. It celebrates what is strange and beautiful in people - in themselves and in their families - and acknowledges how that can be difficult and imperfect. The author's note offers an extra gift at the end.
"I hate all this wanting. I get why the tiger-girl begged for a cure. It's terrible to feel so much."
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