R.J. Palacio

Cindy Seip

R.J. Palacio is the author of the New York Times bestseller Wonder, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and been published in more than 50 languages. The book’s message inspired the Choose Kind movement and has been embraced by readers around the world. Palacio’s other bestselling books include 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts, the picture book We’re All Wonders, and the graphic novel White Bird. In the beginning of Palacio’s Pony (Knopf Books for Young Readers), 12-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, 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 mysteries of the world around him. Pony is a harrowing but beautiful coming-of-age story about the power of love and the ties that bind us across distance and time. Booklist, in a starred review, called it a “rip-roaring adventure … [It is] distinctly different from Wonder, yet [shares] movingly captured central themes of heart, family, and overcoming challenges.”