A Wish in the Dark

by Christina Soontorvat

Christina Soontornvat’s Newbery Honor-winning middle-grade novel, A Wish in the Dark, is set in a fantastical analogue of Thailand and is a fast-paced, satisfyingly intricate, fantasy-adventure about Pong, a boy on the run from unfair imprisonment, and Nok, the prison warden’s daughter who is determined to find him. Soontornvat’s refreshing twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables explores the differences between law and justice, privilege and poverty, asking whether one child can shine a light in the dark. Young readers will root for Pong and his band of revolutionary friends and be inspired to spread more light in their own communities.

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