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A wish in the dark / Christina Soontornvat.

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  • ISBN: 9781536204940
  • ISBN: 1536204943
  • ISBN: 9781536222975
  • ISBN: 1536222976
  • ISBN: 9780800002121
  • Physical Description: 375 pages ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
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Summary, etc.:
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 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.
Target Audience Note:
720L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 11 508811.
Awards Note:
Mark Twain Award nominee, 2022-2023.
A Newbery Honor Book.
Subject: Prisoners > Juvenile fiction.
Light > Juvenile fiction.
Free will and determinism > Juvenile fiction.
Privilege > Juvenile fiction.
Justice > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Light and darkness > Juvenile fiction.
Privilege (Social psychology) > Juvenile fiction.
Social classes > Juvenile fiction.
Fantasy > Juvenile literature.
Thailand > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

Available copies

  • 55 of 86 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Marshall. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Marshall Public Library.


  • 9 current holds with 86 total copies.
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