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Aug 10, 2021 | ISBN 9780593399033 | 640 Minutes

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“A moving and rich novel about friendship, loss, kind strangers, the blindness so often present in the pursuit of love, and love itself.  His protagonists have their eyes raised to the sky.”—Daniel Woodrell for The New York Times Book Review

“Vitally redefines friendship as something that must be protected, sacrificed for, and tended to with wisdom, patience, and love—and, to our luck, rendered in Zentner’s gem-like sentences.” —Ocean Vuong, New York Times bestselling author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
“In a word: sublime. This gift of a book will leave you with fiery, incandescent hope in your chest.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read   
“A novel with the soul of a poem. Jeff Zentner proves yet again that he’s one of the most luminous voices writing for young people today.” —Randy Ribay, author of National Book Award finalist Patron Saints of Nothing
“An ode to the healing power of nature and art, but also a testament to the beauty of family both blood and created. No one else can write like Jeff Zentner.” —Silas House, New York Times bestselling author of Southernmost and Same Sun Here

“With profound, evocative prose and lyrical insights into the world surrounding a struggling main character, Zentner’s powerful, emotional novel is one you won’t soon forget.” Buzzfeed

★ ”A brilliant treasure of a book that holds up a mirror to the best parts of our humanity.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ ”Evocative and moving, highlighting Zentner’s impressive skill with both poetry and prose.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “A wise, gorgeous exploration of loss and survival that will make readers cry…Lyrical and heartbreaking.School Library Journal, starred review

★ ”Heartfelt and deeply moving…a book that readers will unhesitatingly take to their hearts.”—Booklist, starred review

“Zentner’s signature poetic prose is in full effect as he crafts sentences that read like sweet tea tastes and cotton feels…In the Wild Light is a love letter to possibility.”—Bookpage


Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction WINNER 2022

Florida Teens Read NOMINEE 2022

Georgia Peach Book Award NOMINEE 2022

Kentucky Bluegrass Award NOMINEE 2022

Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award NOMINEE 2023

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award NOMINEE 2022

CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers SELECTION 2022

Chicago Public Library Best Books SELECTION 2021

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List AWARD 2022

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