A Wish in the Dark

Written by Christina Soontornvat

A Wish in the Dark is a unique fantasy adventure book that reminds the reader to bravely shine their inner light to change the world. Pong is born into circumstances beyond his control and is treated unfairly. Although he escapes his circumstance, he has been marked and goes into hiding. He meets a kind, wise monk who accepts him and teaches him many things about life. But Pong must run away again after a girl named Nok recognizes him. This takes him back to face his past. There are many tender moments woven throughout the story that focus on friendship, family, sacrifice, forgiveness, and not judging one by their circumstances and status. I was wrapped up in the beautiful message and I loved every minute of this very well written story. The depth of the well-developed characters only adds to the message. I highly recommend A Wish in the Dark!

Reviewed by Heidi Reed, Media Clerk, Morningside Elementary
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Author Website: https://soontornvat.com/
A Wish in the Dark Discussion Guide: https://soontornvat.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Wish_inthe_Dark_Discussion_guide.pdf

A Wish in the Dark
Written by Christina Soontornvat
Candlewick Press
375 pages
Release Date: March 24, 2020
ISBN: 9781536204940 
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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