Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat spent her childhood behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in Weatherford, Texas with her nose in a book. But even though she has always loved stories, she never dreamed of being an author. Christina earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in science education. But the stories in her head wouldn’t stay quiet, and she decided to start writing them down.

Christina’s middle grade fantasy novel, THE CHANGELINGS (Sourcebooks, 2016), was named an ABC Best Book for Young Readers by the American Booksellers Association. Her picture book debut, THE RAMBLE SHAMBLE CHILDREN (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), will be illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.

Christina lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two very squirrely daughters. She is also a professional STEM Educator who has spent a decade working to increase the engagement of girls and minorities in the sciences. You can find her online at



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