Kristi Wientge is originally from Ohio where she grew up writing stories about animals and, her favorite, a jet-setting mouse. After studying to become a teacher for children with special needs, she spent several years exploring the world from China to England, teaching her students everything from English to how to flip their eyelids inside out. She’s spent over twelve years raising her family in her husband’s home country of Singapore.
Us Weekly (Oct 2, 2017 issue): Karma listed as one of four “Trending Titles for Fall!” The reporter notes, “Kristi Wientge deftly captures the turmoil of adolescence.”
BCCB (September 2017 issue): “This is a smoothly realistic and heartfelt exploration of an ordinary middle-schooler with problems aplenty and just enough courage to solve them.”
Booklist: “Funny and relatable, this is a solid pick for those transitioning to middle school.”
"Debut author Wientge neatly captures how it feels to be different, especially as an adolescent . . . The novel’s ending—hopeful but not completely happily-ever-after—sends a strong message of self-acceptance and resilience."—Publishers Weekly
“You have a new BFF in Karma Khullar. Half Sikh, half Methodist, and 100% hilarious, Karma is a delight – and so is this sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit.”-Heather Vogel Frederick
"I was immediately captivated. Growing up in a Panjabi household and having facial hair at the same age as Karma, her story and hardships sounded very similar to mine...I will most definitely be sharing this book, story and the lessons inside it to my younger siblings and future children."-Harnaam Kaur
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