59 pages 1 hour read

Christina Soontornvat

A Wish in the Dark

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2020

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Essay Topics


Both Pong and Nok are driven by a sense of justice and doing the right thing. How do their definitions of justice differ? How does the author use the foil between Pong and Nok to communicate themes about the true meaning of justice?


Consider A Wish in the Dark as an adaptation of Les Misérables. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story from a child’s perspective rather than an adult’s? How does the author use the child’s perspective to create compassion for both Pong and Nok?


Choose one of the elements of Thai culture in the novel and analyze its contributions to the work.