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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!). Christina is the author of the fantasy middle grade series, The Changelings, and the early chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess. Her forthcoming books include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen, a nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue.

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 i
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A Wish in the Dark

4.42 avg rating — 1,665 ratings — published 2020 — 10 editions
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All Thirteen: The Incredibl...

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My daughters and I read this aloud and we loved it! This is a very realistic portrayal of a group of friends whose lives and relationships are changing as they move through middle school. The humorous, loyal lead character is particularly easy to rel ...more
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Did you know the Declaration of Independence was nearly lost during the American Revolution? I didn't either! This is a fascinating account of how a determined citizen helped to protect some of the nation's most important documents. The style of the ...more
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How Long Is Forever? by Kelly  Carey
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What kid hasn't moaned that something is "taking forever"? This sweet story about a boy and his grandpa explores the nature of time, the impermanence of even the most ancient-seeming objects, and the unending love in a family. Sweet, vibrant watercol ...more
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This is such a fun read aloud! I love the story of Katie who is trying to create the perfect pet. When she gets a mysterious machine that creates pets based on different types of inputs, she has to figure out the pattern and do some algorithmic think ...more
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The Elephants' Guide to Hide-And-Seek by Kjersten Hayes
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Such an adorable story with sweet illustrations! What kid wouldn't love to play hide and seek with an elephant? But elephants may not be so great at hiding in all the usual spots. That's why they need a Guide to give them tips. My kids loved the funn ...more
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Clyde Goes to School by Keith Marantz
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Clyde the Hippo is our new favorite character in our house! He is so sweet and caring to his family and friends, and he's the perfect stand in for a child who might actually be feeling really nervous about going to school. I know my girls would have ...more
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Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
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This is the kind of fantasy I live for: dark and atmospheric, with masterful world-building, and a sense that there are deep, old secrets lurking beneath the surface. The MC, Sirscha, is such a compelling heroine: fierce and unyielding, yet hiding an ...more
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I have been waiting to hold the physical book in my hands for so long - so excited for it!
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“Let’s see how well fat can insulate”
Christina Soontornvat, On Thin Ice

“I know this sounds odd, but a teacup knows it's a teacup, and a house knows it's a house. Part of this is on Dree. it's like she's forgotten who she was before. And if she doesn't know, the light can't find her.”
Christina Soontornvat, In a Dark Land

“Tell us the one about the mermaid again," said Dree. "That one's so heart-breaking, it must be real.”
Christina Soontornvat, The Changelings

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We have read a lot of wonderful books this year, but have we missed your favorite?

What book should we read in December?

Please write in your choice. As always, you may write in titles, provided the book is a 2021 Newbery contender and already published.

 
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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (write-in)
 
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The Ickabog (write-in)
 
  5 votes 4.3%

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor (write-in)
 
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The thing about Jellyfish (write-in)
 
  4 votes 3.4%

The Boys In the Back Row (write-in)
 
  2 votes 1.7%

Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan (write-in)
 
  2 votes 1.7%

Before the Ever After, Snapdragon or King and the Dragonflies (write-in)
 
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Barren Grounds (write-in)
 
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city spies (write-in)
 
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