A Wish in the Dark

A Wish in the Dark

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A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.

All light in Chattana is created by one man -- the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong's prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.

Nok, the prison warden's perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family's good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat's twist on Victor Hugo's Les Mis rables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice -- and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.

Author: Christina Soontornvat
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 03/24/2020
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.75w x 1.38d
ISBN: 9781536204940
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.2
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 508811 / Wish in the Dark


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/20/2020
School Library Journal 02/01/2020 pg. 70
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020
Booklist 02/01/2020 pg. 47
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2020
Shelf Awareness 03/24/2020
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2020 pg. 133
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Christina Soontornvat grew up in a small Texas town where she spent many childhood days behind the counter of her parents' Thai restaurant with her nose in a book. She is the author of many books for young readers, including The Blunders, illustrated by Colin Jack. She now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.