A middle grade reimagining of Les Miserables? Yes, please! A rich, Thai-inspired, action-packed fantasy? Thank you, Christina Soontornvat! Beautifully written and expertly told, A Wish in the Dark is a most welcome addition to children’s literature.
Here are three reasons to love this book:
- Like Valjean in Les Mis, Pong struggles to reconcile his past with his future, but a strong sense of honor pushes him to seek justice for the oppressed. He’s a hero to root for.
- Soontornvat’s worldbuilding is exquisite, brimming with light that radiates through the page.
- A Wish in the Dark boldly explores difficult topics, including oppression and privilege.
I recommend this book for all middle grade book lovers, especially those between the ages of 8 and 12. Readers will love being swept away in the absorbing story set in a world of light.