Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms..
Shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Award
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
Winner of Highly Recommended at the North East Teen Book Awards.
A Dream of Lights was published by HarperCollins Childrens in the UK in 2013, and by Callenbach in the Netherlands.
To date it is the only YA novel set in North Korea.