author of books about deadly dragons, badass girls, and enemies who save each other

Forest of Reading


This page is for teachers and librarians whose grade 7 and 8 students

are participating in the OLA’s Forest of Reading program.


Skype Q&A Sessions with Kristen Ciccarelli

I’m offering 25-minute Skype Q&A sessions to grade 7 and 8 classrooms participating in the Forest of Reading program. The cost is FREE for classrooms that have read or are reading The Last Namsara and have prepared questions in advance. (To avoid spoilers and ensure readers get the most out of the session, it’s best if everyone participating in the Q&A has read the book.)

How to book your Skype Q&A Session:

If you’re interested in me doing a virtual visit with your classroom, email me at with the following information:

1. Your name, the name of the school you teach at, and the city where your school is located.
2. The number of students who will be present and what grade they’re in.
3. Dates and times that work for you/your students.
4. Your Skype username. (I can help you set this up if you don’t have one.)
5. The number of students who will have read The Last Namsara prior to the Skype visit.
6. Whether or not you plan to distribute book order forms to give students the opportunity to order personalized, signed books through my website after our Skype visit. This isn’t required, but it’s so appreciated and adds to student excitement! (I pay for shipping on orders of 5 or more books. You can find the order form by clicking here.)

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Looking forward to speaking with you and your students!









for The Last Namsara

Please be aware this discussion guide contains spoilers.

1.     In the world of The Last Namsara, stories are powerful, dangerous things that lure dragons. Do you think that stories in our world can be powerful or dangerous? Why or why not?

2.     What are the importance of stories in Asha’s life? Are there any stories that are or have been important to you in your life?

3.     Is the god Namsara good and the god Iskari evil? Or is it more complicated than that? Why or why not?

4.     How has Asha’s history and relationship with her father affected who she is and how she sees herself?

5.     Why does Asha save Torwin and Shadow in the pit knowing she endangers herself by doing so? In what ways is she endangering herself?

6.     How does Asha’s mind begin to change about Torwin, the dragons, and scrublanders? Is there anyone in your life who you’ve pre-judged, and then changed your mind about? Have you ever changed your mind about big, important things? How does this happen, do you think?

7.     More than anything, Asha wants to hunt down the First Dragon so she can be redeemed for the wicked things she did as a child. Does she succeed in the end and get redeemed? Why or why not?

8.     How is the way Asha sees herself at the beginning of the book different from how she sees herself at the end? What contributed to this change, do you think?

9.  In the beginning of the book, Asha has a lot of shame over who she is and what she’s good at (telling stories). Have you ever been ashamed of something you loved or something you couldn’t change about yourself? What is something you can do to help you not be ashamed of that thing, but proud of it instead?

10.  The book ends with: “Maybe everyone did have a song in them—or a story. One all their own. If that were so, Asha had found hers. And here she stood at the beginning of it.” What do you think this means?