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“While classified as a middle grade book, this is a story that, like Wonder, will appeal to kids and adults alike. Twelve year old Silas is living a quiet and secluded life with his father in the 1860 wilds of Ohio. His father is a brilliant inventor, more interested in working than conversing with his son. Silas’s mother died giving birth to him, something that is always foremost in his mind as he yearns for her. Left to entertain himself at their hardscrabble homestead, Silas’s only friends are his dog and Mittenwool, a teenage boy visible only to Silas. When three outlaws kidnap Silas’s father in the middle of the night, demanding that he help them with their counterfeiting ring, Silas promises his father he will stay home and await his return. But when a beautiful and unusual horse from the outlaws’ group returns to Silas’s home, Silas takes it as a sign that he must go out on his own to save his father. Accompanied by Mittenwool and aided by a US Marshall who is also tracking the counterfeiting gang, Silas and “Pony” develop an incredible bond. Told from the perspective of Silas as a young adult, this is a wonderfully captivating and thrilling story. Like a True Grit ghost story, I absolutely recommend this thoroughly excellent book, sure to become an instant classic.”Nancy,
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Perfection.” –The Wall Street Journal
The bestselling 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.” —as recommended on NPR by Jorge Lacera
R. J. Palacio is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The book's message inspired the Choose Kind movement and has been embraced by readers around the world, with the book published in over 50 languages. Wonder was made into a blockbuster movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Palacio’s other bestselling books include 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, the picture book We’re All Wonders, and the graphic novel White Bird, which is currently being filmed as a major motion picture starring Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren. Palacio lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.