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A Wish in the Dark

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A Wish in the Dark
Written by Christina Soontornvat
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781536222975
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A Wish in the Dark

author: Christina Soontornvat

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. But when he escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright lights, 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 Misérables 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.

A 2021 Newbery Honor Book

“Seems to have it all: a sympathetic hero, a colorful setting, humor, heart, philosophy, and an epic conflict that relates the complexity and humanity of social justice. . . . Luminous.” —Booklist (starred review)
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isbn-10/isbn-13:
1536222976 /  9781536222975
on sale date:
09/2021
type/format:
Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
384 / 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
 
subjects:
People & Places; Fantasy & Magic; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
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, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team. She now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.
 
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