A Wish in the Dark
Pong, born in a prison, longs to be free and escapes. Nok, the disgraced warden's daughter, looks to capture Pong again. Both discover how the world unfairly brings light only for the rich.
- Fiction, Fantasy
- John Newbery Medal 2021 (Honor Title), Notable Children's Books 2021
- Age: Middle
- Format: Book
- ISBN: 9781536204940
From the 2021 Newbery press release: Told in the alternating perspectives of two memorable characters, Pong and Nok, Soontornvat sets this story in the Thai-inspired world of Chattana, where light and dark symbolize contrasts between the rich and the poor. A timeless, yet timely, fantasy that highlights social disparities and the value of friendship and justice.