“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, Arcadia Books
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