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A classically heartwarming story that perfectly captures the everyday life of children.

A classically heartwarming story that perfectly captures the everyday life of children.

Ruby's mum is having a baby, but why does she need one of those when she's already got a Ruby?

To make matters worse, her best friend Sarah has just found another, BETTER friend. It seems like everyone is abandoning her. But when Ruby meets the mysterious Magda, who gives her a very special gift that might, just MIGHT, even be a bit magical, everything begins to change.

This delightful story from the multi-award-winning author of BEING BEE and RAIN MAY AND CAPTAIN DANIEL will fill the young reader with wonder, hope and amazing possibilities.


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.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 3, 2012

    Vintage Classic Children's

    144 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    September 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    144 pages

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Magenta McPhee
Being Bee
His Name in Fire
Millie & The Night Heron
The Air Dancer of Glass
Painted Love Letters
The Year It All Happened
A Dangerous Girl


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