When You Trap a Tiger Characters
Updated: 4/7/2021
When You Trap a Tiger Characters
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A little girl looks in shock at a tiger that stands in front of her.

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Teacher Guide by Lauren Ayube

Twelve year old Lily, her sister, and her mother have moved to Washington to live with her halmoni, who is ill. When a magical tiger from Halmoni’s past starts visiting Lily, she learns that there are many stories and secrets in her grandmother’s past. Lily makes a deal with the tiger in order to save Halmoni’s life, but will it be too much for her to handle? 2021 Newbery Medal winner When You Trap a Tiger is a wondrous story about Korean folklore, family, love, and the power of stories.


When You Trap a Tiger

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Create a character map for When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

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  • Lily
  • Physical/Character Traits:QuietBlack hair12 years oldBraveCaring How does this character change over time?Lily is quiet and feels invisible at the beginning of the book. Throughout the story, she becomes fierce and brave. What challenges does this character face?One challenge that Lily faces is saving her grandmother. She also struggles with being new in town and growing up without a father.
  • Halmoni
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  • Sam
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  • Mom (Joan)
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  • The Tiger
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  • Ricky
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  • Jensen
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  • Joe
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