Honour Book - Younger Readers, CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2009
THE WISH PONY is a treasure. The book I mean, although fittingly, the little glass pony is as well. This is a story that immediately goes to the heart of those things that trouble middle primary schoolers - best friends, school, fitting in, parents and in Ruby's case, the pending birth of a baby brother she doesn't even want. Catherine Bateson has won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year for Junior Readers twice. And this book is another example why. She is a wonderful writer who tells equally wonderful stories perfectly pitched to her audience.
The Reading Stack
A lovely story about ordinary families, schoolyard friendships, and the possibility of kindly powers alive in our streets. Ages 9 to 12-ish.
No-one does the disaffected girl like Bateson . . . This book will be devoured by Bateson's many fans.