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A Wish in the Dark

By Christina Soontornvat
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Rated by Kristen R
May 11, 2022

“Those who are born in darkness always return.”


A Wish in the Dark meshes fantasy and adventure, set in a place similar to Thailand.  The journey begins for Pong, an orphan who was born in Namwon Prison, when he makes his escape when he’s 12-years- old.  The next four years Pong lives in a temple with monks, which is in a village outside the city of Chattana.  Father Cham becomes his father figure and mentor.  He teaches Pong about trusting himself and how to navigate his new freedom.

The Governor of Chattana powers the city with magic orbs that give light, heat, and power.  Who gets

Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Jun 15, 2010

Book Review
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

This book is interesting and did keep my attention. I cannot say I really “liked” it. I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened to the girls. Told by “Ruthie”, the narrative follows the life of Ruthie and Lucille, sisters who are abandoned by their mother when she takes them to their Grandmother’s house and then drives her car off a cliff into the lake. Years earlier, Grandfather had died in a train wreck when the bridge gave out and it plunged into the lake. The setting is Fingerbone, Idaho, a town in the far west. Before Grandma