Two 2021 Newbery Honor books

by Karen Walch | Dec 27, 2021

Christina Soontornvat won the Newbery Honor twice this year with a magical fiction book and a realistic nonfiction book.

A Wish in the Dark
by Christina Soontornvat

A generation after the Great Fire, Pong was born in Namwan Prison. Pong desires to rise above his station and serve the governor who gives light to all civilization through his magical power. Learning the governor is a cruel and unfair man, Pong escapes from prison with the governor's daughter, Nok, hunting him. This is a Thai-inspired twist of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables with plenty of magic of its own to recommend it--a sympathetic hero, a colorful setting, humor, heart, and an epic conflict. What more could you ask for in a novel?

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai's Boys' Soccer Team
by Christina Soontornvat

This is a compelling nonfiction book. On June 23, 2018, in Mae Sai, Thailand, twelve members of a youth soccer team and their coach decided to explore a nearby cave after practice. After traveling several miles in, the group found themselves trapped by floods from early monsoon rains. Thailand marshalled international resources, and all thirteen miraculously survived. Read to follow an enthralling tale that shows the beauty of Thailand and the best of humanity.

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