Reviewed by Chloe Fuksa, Putnam Six Bookstore
Pony is a recently released children’s novel from RJ Palacio, author of the hugely popular Wonder. The target age range for this book is listed as 8-12, but it does include some larger words and more intense scenes. It is very well written though, so teens and adults can certainly enjoy reading it as well.
Pony takes place in Ohio in 1860 and tells the story of 12-year-old Silas, who lives alone with his father after his mother died in childbirth. The action starts just a few pages in, with Silas’s father being taken in the middle of the night by three horsemen who want to exploit his knowledge about photography. Silas, joined by his best friend Mittenwool – who happens to be a ghost – and a very intelligent horse, Pony, then sets off to go find his father. They meet up first with a marshal and then later a sheriff and his deputy, and the journey culminates with a shootout in a canyon with a counterfeit gang.
This book is a coming-of-age adventure story with a lot of heart. It teaches about bravery and courage, but also love and friendship. There are beautiful parts and sad parts both – and enough twists throughout to keep you on your toes. As we get closer to the holidays, this would make a wonderful present for kids who can tackle 300 pages and handle some tougher subjects. The author set a very high bar after Wonder, but Pony certainly matches it.
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