Christina Soontornvat

About the Author

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members (and eat lots and lots of Thai food!). In addition to being an author, Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She is passionate about STEM (science, technology engineering, and math), and loves learning new things. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat. You can learn more about Christina at soontornvat.com.

Discussion Questions
Battle of the Books Home
A Wish in the Dark By Christina Soontornvat

NOLS Book Talk

Read-Alikes

Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman

Born Behind Bars
by Padma Venkatraman

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Lalani of the Distant Sea
by Erin Entrada Kelly

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

The Last Mapmaker
by Christina Soontornvat

Additional Activities

About Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a book group for 4th graders, offered by NOLS in collaboration with schools in Clallam County. Students, including homeschool students, can sign up through their teachers to participate and receive a free copy of each book. From November through March, Library staff will hold book discussions with participating classrooms.