Praise for PONY:
"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 story
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
“Once you open Pony
, R.J. Palacio’s astonishing new novel, your life will no longer be your own. From the first pages, I fell under the thrall of the remarkable Silas, a boy as wise as he is brave. . . . An utterly absorbing, beautifully written book.
” —Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture
and The Boy in the Field
“This book blew me away. It is one of the best 2021 books that I have read. I can’t stop thinking about it
.” —Colby Sharp, Fifth Grade Teacher; Founder of Nerdy Book Club blog; Co-host of The Yarn podcast
“I feel like I just read a symphony, a melody I’d never heard before, but my heart somehow remembered. RJ Palacio, you are a Wonder.
” —Erin O'Leary, Reading Specialist
“Beautifully crafted...A timeless adventure of the heart.
" —Barb Langridge, M.Ed; Children's Instructor and Research Specialist; Howard County Central Library (retired); Founder of Abooknandahug blog
“Once I started reading, I could NOT stop. This may have become my new favorite middle-grade story of all-time!
” —Patrick Andrus, Fourth Grade Teacher at Eden Prairie Schools/Prairie View Elementary
“[A] rip-roaring adventure
illustrates Palacio’s range as an author, with this tale being distinctly different from Wonder
, yet sharing movingly captured central themes of heart, family, and overcoming challenges.” —Booklist
, starred review
"Readers in search of fast-paced historical fiction with speculative elements should look no further than Pony
. The twists and turns of Silas’ odyssey are both stunning and satisfying
." —BookPage, starred review
“Readers will especially appreciate the following of a variety of threads to satisfying conclusions
and Silas’ linking of the past to a promising future.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The blend of rambling western, scientific, and paranormal elements
mixed with lingering questions about Silas’s father’s past will appeal to many as the trio underscores how even unlikely friendships can make for strong bonds.” —Publishers Weekly
“[An] elegantly written tale…This is Palacio’s first novel that doesn’t involve characters from Wonder (2012), but it involves plenty of wonder,
in rich and haunting ways” —The Horn Book