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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Newbery Medal

Would you make a deal with a magical tiger? This uplifting story brings Korean folklore to life as a girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother.

Some stories refuse to stay bottled up....

When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal - return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni's health - Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice...and the courage to face a tiger.

Tae Keller, the award-winning author of The Science of Breakable Things, shares a sparkling tale about the power of stories and the magic of family. Think Walk Two Moons meets Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!

"If stories were written in the stars...this wondrous tale would be one of the brightest." (Booklist starred review)

©2020 Tae Keller (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Roars to life with just a touch of magic." (Kirkus 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)

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Amazing and powerful.

The Narrator brought the story to life. I could feel the breath of the tiger and was slightly frightened of her. I fell in love with her halmeoni and wanted to live in her house. Such a good story for getting to know more about the author's culture. Perfect for middle grade students.

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An interesting story of self discovery...

Lily transforms from a QAG (her older sister Sam's term for Quiet Asian Girl) into someone who grows increasingly bold as she meets up on multiple occasions with a tiger that seems to come straight from her Halmoni's Korean folk tales. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It did feel a bit like certain elements were thrown in to fit with the times of our world and weren't really essential to the plot line. A bittersweet ending leaves the reader reflecting on the importance of carrying on family stories and legacies.

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  • 03-12-21

Superbly told

Greta Jung delivers a masterpiece performance in this telling of the 2021 Newbery Medal winning story. The characterisation shines through and the stories within the story are given the room to breathe that ensures their power endures. A brilliant performance.

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  • 01-31-20

Beautiful, heart warming story

The story is powerful, insightful and so moving. I understood and was even more moved to hear Tae Keller's reasons for researching and writing this story. Hats off to Greta Jung. She narrated between different characters and genders so effortlessly. Such a joy to listen!!