La dodicenne Lily, sua sorella e sua madre si sono trasferite a Washington per vivere con il suo halmoni, che è malato. Quando una tigre magica del passato di Halmoni inizia a visitare Lily, scopre che ci sono molte storie e segreti nel passato di sua nonna. Lily fa un patto con la tigre per salvare la vita di Halmoni, ma sarà troppo per lei da gestire? Il vincitore della medaglia Newbery 2021 When You Trap a Tiger è una storia meravigliosa sul folclore coreano, la famiglia, l'amore e il potere delle storie.
Stories can be magical. Stories can be scary. Stories can be inspiring. This is a story about a young girl's mission to save her grandmother's life.
I really hope that you have that magic, because I need your help.
Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move to Washington to take care of their beloved halmoni. Lily learns of Halmoni’s past and the importance that storytelling plays in their Korean culture.
I am not afraid.
We love you.
Lily comes face to face with the tiger, who claims Halmoni stole her stories by scooping them up from the stars and keeping them in jars. Lily makes a deal with the tiger: return the stories and Halmoni will be healed.
Halmoni becomes very ill and is rushed to the hospital. Lily calls upon the tiger, whom she originally thought was there to harm Halmoni, for help.
With her daughter and granddaughters by her side, Halmoni dies peacefully at the hospital. Lily was able to tell her one last story.
The whole town gathers at the library to remember Halmoni and celebrate her life with a kosa. Lily and Sam are happy in their new town, and feel at peace for the first time in a long time.