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Fire Pony

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  240 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
From the author of Freak the Mighty, a stirring tale of an orphan boy with a frightening secret...

Joe Dilly has a secret way with horses—and with fire. His kid brother, Roy, knows about both secrets, but he's not telling. Not when he and Joe hire on at the Bar None, a ranch that has a few secrets of its own. At the ranch Roy finds a wild pony that can run like the desert w
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1996)
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Kaitlyn *I Will Never Let Go*
Goodness. I remember this book. It is one of the few books from my childhood that I remember as anything more than a fleeting blur. This book left a lasting impression on me. I read it so many times, I could practically tell you every plot element. Even now, when I haven't thought of it, much less read it, in years, I remember. I remember Joe, who, for some bizarre reason, I wanted to be my brother, despite his obvious, erm, problems. I remember the lovely little pony and the heart-pounding last ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But the thing is, you never really know what's going to happen next. Because anything can happen. Good things, bad things. And scary, crazy things, when the world starts going all to pieces just when you least expect it."

The Fire Pony, pp. 90-91

Fire. It's the driving force behind everything about Roy's older brother, Joe Dilly, who has taken Roy on a clandestine trip across the U.S. to find a safe haven where the two brothers can find peace from the authorities that track them; peace that
Sep 08, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I think this is one of those books that explores the tougher things in life for a child. Surely it isn't a heartwarming book and since it is geared at children, its surprising the amount of depth that it covers.

After living in foster care for awhile, Roy is sprung out of the place by his half brother Joe. Together they travel from place to place without ever staying long because of Joe's penchant for getting into trouble. But Roy doesn't mind, at least he's wanted by someone. They find themselve
Nate LeBoutillier
May 27, 2012 Nate LeBoutillier rated it it was amazing
Assured and patient story-telling through the voice of 11-year-old Roy is masterful by Rodman Philbrick in THE FIRE PONY. The issues in the book that deal with pyromania, fatalistically-flawed brothers, the backdraft of alcoholism, and gentle and kind strangers with integral life knowledge they're willing to humbly impart and sorrows of their own were skillfully rendered into fiction. The cougar chapter and the last 50 pages were heart-thumping. Add to that that I feel like I learned plenty ...more
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Chris’s Rating: 3.4 Stars
Roy (the narrator) was taken from his foster home by his half brother Joe Dilly and the two of them are on the run, partly because of Roy’s situation and partly because of an act of arson from Joe’s past. When the two come across the Bar None Ranch and Joe “breaks” an unbreakable horse, they are welcomed to stay. Roy knows it’s only a matter of time before the past will catch up to them, but he is enjoying his time at Bar None training a pony that
Kevin Zheng
Nov 20, 2012 Kevin Zheng rated it it was amazing
this is a really good book because it i read it on my free time and it was really interesting because it was in a really interesting way the author wrote to make you feel part of the story for example when the 2 kids go on there journey and land on a farm and the bigger one tames a horse that the other people could not tame so they stay and read on to find out what happens next....
Sep 26, 2013 Charan.c rated it it was amazing
I think that is book is a must read. Because the author makes the story very interesting. Even though I am more of a fantasy reader, when I read this I thought."Wow, is this what realistic fiction is? What have I been missing out all these years?" It is a really good book and I recommend it strongly for all readers.
Sep 01, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Although I found this book a bit contrived, I enjoyed it. I liked that although Joe Dilly was flawed as a human, he cared greatly for his brother. I loved how Nick treated Roy and how Roy treated Lady.

I think my students would really enjoy this book.
Kristen S
May 03, 2014 Kristen S rated it it was amazing
I remember this being a book that I first read independently for enjoyment and I loved it. I had received it as a gift years before I picked it up one late night to see if I would motivate sleep. This book captivated me. Great for young and older readers
Maja Jeppesen
Aug 18, 2014 Maja Jeppesen rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book just too slow for me. I felt it took forever to get to a point and more often then not, I thought I was reading a book forced on me by my school only to remember it wasn't ad then wonder why I was reading it.
A very interesting style of writing is used on this book. It reads like a first hand account/diary. I liked it, though some of the riding facts are incorrect, and being an animal lover I felt that it was quite unnecessary ending having the horse break its legs and die as well.
Danielle Singleton
Feb 25, 2010 Danielle Singleton rated it really liked it
Very Good book about to brothers one older and one younger.
Who only have each other but move from place to place so his younger brother doesnt have to go to the orphange at the age of around 14.
This is a wonderful ranch book! I suggest it for anyone who likes books.
Nov 14, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
Poignant little story about a boy and his brother finding some peace on a horse ranch while running from a mysterious past. There's a lot of realism and sadness in this novel without making it TOO heavy, considering the book is geared towards juvenile readers.
T Worwood
Jan 20, 2014 T Worwood rated it liked it
Like Freak, The Mighty this book lightly explores deep topics through the voice of a child. I enjoyed reading this more than The Mighty. Parents should read along and talk about these books.
Jun 30, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
A favorite of my childhood. The book has a powerful, lasting affect on you. To this day I treasure its messages of love.
Jun 12, 2009 Opal rated it liked it
I kind of liked this book, though i am not really into horses that much but if you do you should try it!!Really nice!!
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Aka William R Dantz, Chris Jordan, W.R. Philbrick.

Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under th
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