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Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times Best Seller • Named One Of The Best Children’s Books Of The Year By The Wall Street Journal 

“Perfection.” (The Wall Street Journal) 

The best-selling author of Wonder returns with an enthralling adventure about a boy on a quest to rescue his father, with only a ghost as his companion and a mysterious pony as his guide. 

Twelve-year-old Silas is awoken in the dead of night by three menacing horsemen who take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared, and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool...who happens to be a ghost. When a pony shows up at his door, Silas makes the courageous decision to leave his home and embark on a perilous journey to find his father. Along the way, he will face his fears to unlock the secrets of his past and explore the unfathomable mysteries of the world around him.

R. J. Palacio spins a harrowing yet distinctly beautiful coming-of-age story about the power of love and the ties that bind us across distance and time. With the poignant depth of War Horse and the singular voice of True Grit, this is one of those rare books poised to become an instant classic for readers of all ages.

“A wonderful story of courage.... It's got the feeling of a modern classic.” (Jorge Lacera, NPR)

©2021 R. J. Palacio (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"R.J. Palacio, author of a modern classic children’s book of our era, has somehow crafted what feels like an entirely different breed of classic: page-turning and heart expanding, elegiac and adventurous, reminiscent of Jack London, with mediations on love and faith that feel timeless and utterly necessary to our current moment." —Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Frankie & Bug

A magical storyPony is pure delight.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me

“A mystery, a frontier adventure, a ghost story: Pony tells the tale of a child ‘with fire in his mind,’ and it will light a fire in yours. R. J. Palacio’s most ambitious book yet, it is as compelling as it is satisfying.” —Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor–winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale

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Wonderful story

R.J. Palacio’s Pony is an ageless story that is part western, part ghost story, and mostly a story about the bond between family that can stretch beyond worlds. We loves this book. It has everything we tend to love in a family read-aloud: suspense, acts of courage and love, and it doesn’t shy away from the gritty and grim parts of life. It marches through those moments with honesty and grace, giving us much to discuss and ponder together.

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Too much for sensitive kids

My kids and I LOVED Wonder and the other stories in that series, and were really excited about another RJ Palacio book. This one has good storytelling, and as the adult listening in I feel very curious about how the book will turn out. But my kids (9 and 11, have listened to many different Audible books including the whole Harry Potter series) found parts of this book too gory and were too worried about where the story was going to keep listening. The main character sees ghosts, some of which appear in bloody and gory ways to him as he rides through a forest. It scared my kids and they didn't want to keep listening. I'm sure the story has good lessons and is an interesting read for many, but if your kids are sensitive to bloody descriptions this may not be the book for you. We ended up returning and may come back to it in a few years.

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Pony is a little horse.

I liked the part when Pony took his owner
Silas to a forest with his neighbors.

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A Beautiful Story

This is my favorite book of 2022. The writing is absolutely beautiful. The narration welcomed me into the story slowly at first. But a couple of chapters in, I got lost in this amazing story and basically read 3/4 of the story in one sitting.

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know about the plot. At the end of the book, the author gives you a peak into the creative process she used to write this gem. Do yourself a favor and read every word she writes, or speaks, for those of us who listened to the audiobook. Her process enhances almost every detail of the story. I won’t say more because I want you to make these discoveries on your own.

Now, I’m going back to page one to re-read this story. I am sure the author’s comments will enhance every detail in this book. I hope you love this story as much as I did.

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So extremely outstanding!

I have read nothing better than this. The details in the story and setting, the details of thought, and the process of actions are unmatched. It is easy to understand, and so very compassionate. Totally into the characters and story from the first minute. Instant. The performance of the narrator was impeccable. I cannot find anything but the highest praise for this masterpiece.

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Captivating!

Absolutely magnetic! I couldn't stop listening. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. I'll definitely be listening to this one again.