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A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice.

All light in Chattana is created by one man — the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.

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CHRISTINA SOONTORNVAT grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. Her other books include the fantasy middle grade series The Changelings and the early chapter book series Diary of an Ice Princess. In addition to being an author, Christina is an engineer and STEM educator. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two young children and one old cat. Her book All Thirteen, a nonfiction account of the Thai Cave Rescue, will be published in October. Photo by Sam Bond.

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