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A Wish in the Dark book cover

A Wish in the Dark

By Christina Soontornvat
5
Rated by Kristen Re.
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

Soul Surfer

By Bethany Hamilton
5
Rated by Bre H.
Mar 12, 2017

Bethany Hamilton loves surfing. Her biography, Soul Surfer, is the  story of how she became “the bearer of hope for those who have been handed a bad deal in the card game of life.” When she was only thirteen years old she was attacked by a shark and lost her right arm.

She not only escaped death, she came back as strong and faithful as ever to become a champion surfer.

Pictures of Bethany, her family and friends, and even the shark that attacked her add to the interest of Soul Surfer. This is an amazing read and it definitely inspired me.