Below is a list of 6 the books by this author.
A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight. On... [Read More]
A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight. On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon's adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat--who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing--masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched and generously illustrated with photographs, this page-turner includes an author's note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.
From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired... [Read More]
From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. In a fantasy adventure every bit as compelling and confident in its world building as her Newbery Honor Book A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat explores a young woman's struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon's most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman--and in a kingdom where the status of one's ancestors dictates their social position, the truth could ruin her. Sai seizes the chance to join an expedition to chart the southern seas, but she isn't the only one aboard with secrets. When Sai learns that the ship might be heading for the fabled Sunderlands--a land of dragons, dangers, and riches beyond imagining--she must weigh the cost of her dreams. Vivid, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, this tale of identity and integrity is as beautiful and intricate as the maps of old.
Young Plum is shocked to discover that she's been accepted to the Guardian Academy on Lotus Island, an elite school where kids learn how to transform... [Read More]
Young Plum is shocked to discover that she's been accepted to the Guardian Academy on Lotus Island, an elite school where kids learn how to transform into Guardians, magical animals who can communicate with the natural world. Once students discover their Guardian form, they study how to communicate with animals. They also learn to fight, both as humans and as animals, so they can protect the defenseless if needed. To her dismay, Plum quickly finds herself struggling at school. Other classmates discover they can transform into amazing creatures. But Plum can't even seem to magic up a single feather! If she can't embrace her inner animal form soon, she'll have to leave school--and lose the first group of real friends she's ever known.
Theme: Diversity, Special Needs
A beautiful ode to our planet and a clarion call to protect it. The perfect introduction to climate change for the youngest readers. Our planet seems... [Read More]
A beautiful ode to our planet and a clarion call to protect it. The perfect introduction to climate change for the youngest readers. Our planet seems tough, but it is fragile. Our planet seems big, but it needs us. Spare, lyrical text and exquisite illustrations show how seemingly small and insignificant changes -- from carbon molecules that become pollutants, to one degree on a thermometer, to one person's actions -- when multiplied, can have ripple effects that endanger the lives of all creatures on earth. Fortunately, the choices we make have an impact, too, and our collective actions, multiplied together, can change our planet and our world for the better. Two-time Newbery Award honoree, Sibert Award honoree, and former science educator, Christina Soontornvat creates a stunning tribute to our planet illuminating with clarity and hope the causes of climate change as well as hands-on solutions that will edify and empower even the youngest readers. Rahele Jomepour Bell infuses her pictures with jaw-dropping explosions of color on every page, and invites readers to follow the storylines of several families as she celebrates the breathtaking beauty of our planet. Clear, informative end notes answer a myriad of questions in simple language, and cite irrefutable sources. A treasure for anyone looking to help children understand the natural world, foster responsibility and stewardship, and inspire budding young climate activists.
Theme: Environmental Issues, BIPOC
As one of the only Asian Americans in her school, Christina confronts both well-meaning ignorance and cruel racism, but in middle school fitting in... [Read More]
As one of the only Asian Americans in her school, Christina confronts both well-meaning ignorance and cruel racism, but in middle school fitting in is important, which is why she and her best friend Megan are both excited and nervous to try out for the popular cheerleading squad.
Theme: BIPOC , Diversity, Based on True Events, Blended family