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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
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Feb 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am... actually tearing up.

a Thai-inspired fantasy? a Bangkok-like city? an all-Southeast Asian cast? this means EVERYTHING to me. I don’t even care that this is Middle Grade or that it comes out in 2020. I can’t believe I’m going to be represented... in fantasy.

this means the entire world to me OH MY GOD!!!
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Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the sheer rightness of a book reminds me so overwhelmingly that people are mostly good, and that my faith in humanity is neither naïve nor misguided, that it inspires both a wave of universal love and a fierce sense of affection and gratitude toward the author for leaving such a gift where I could find it. A Wish in the Dark is like that. Soontornvat enspells us with exactly what we came for—a Les Miserables-inspired story in a Thai-inspired fantasy world—but if you’ve read other books ...more
Paula
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I received an ARC of this novel by Christina Soontornvat and as soon as I picked it up, I had a hard time putting it down! Christina has created a 'Thai-inspired fantasy world' with characters that will have you cheering and jeering as the search for justice and the fight against unfair privilege is led by two young boys imprisoned for the crimes of their mother. We also meet, Nok, the prison warden's daughter who is on a quest to track down these boys based on her sense of loyalty to her ...more
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This middle grade book is a page turner. Pong and Nok are both memorable characters with their own sense of purpose. The world they inhabit is lush and realized and just ties the plot together. Nok’s growth and development about class and privilege and how it everyone starts with the same advantages rings true. The whole book is a smart play on Les Miserables that kids will relate to.

I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
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Christina Soontornvat is the author of the middle grade fantasy novel, THE CHANGELINGS, the story of an 11-year old girl who teams up with a group of shapeshifting children to rescue her sister from the clutches of a cruel witch. She is also the author of the forthcoming picture book, THE RAMBLE SHAMBLE CHILDREN.

Christina grew up in a small Texas town, where she spent most of her formative years
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