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The Wild One (Phantom Stallion #1)

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When 13-year-old Samantha returns home to her family′s cattle ranch in Nevada, she′s worried. She moved away two years ago to recover from a bad fall off her beloved mustang, Blackie, and she′s still not sure she can get back in the saddle. Her new colt doesn′t seem to like her, and the other ranchers treat her like the boss′s spoiled daughter, and Blackie has been missing ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 23rd 2002 by Avon Books (first published 2002)
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Brit
I love this book. It's all about a wild horse that no one ever sees excpet this one little girl. Therefore; she calls it the Phantom. However, it's secret name is Zanzibar. I love that name!
Sarah
I love this book. ESPECIALLY the connection between Sam and her previous colt blackie who grows up and changes colour to gray and almost silverish. 2 years ago, Sam had gotten her very own horse, Blackie. He was a wild mustang but with very good nature. She had just tamed and haltered him when she decided to ride him out of ranch with her friend and trainer Jake. The horse somehow spooks, bucks her off, and his hind hoof hits her in the head. She gets sent to San-Fransisco to her aunt until she ...more
Deanna
This entire series is fantastic! Terri Farley has created a clean educational setting for a fun adventure filled story! Just the first book had me hooked! I even still enjoy reading them, though I'm not a kid any more.
Sam has returned home after an accident that happened over a year ago involving her horse Blackie. When she returns there is a new leader of the herd of mustangs near her home called the Phantom, because of his ghost white appearance and how he and his herd can vanish so quickly.
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Julia
I liked this book because I love horses, and this book is about a girl who lives on a ranch in Northern Nevada, where she gets into all kinds of trouble, which usually involves the wild mustangs that live there. Sam is funny, smart, and absolutely horse crazy, and I really enjoy reading about her. In this book, Samantha Forster comes back to Nevada after recovering in San Francisco from a riding injury. Sam learns that the horse she had been riding, her two year old mustang colt, escaped into th ...more
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The Wild One (Phantom Stallion #1)
By Terri Farley
After recovering from a severe head injury and loosing her best friend/ companion, Blackie who she also called Zanzibar, thirteen year old Samantha Forster finally returns back to the farm. Two years ago, Sam was in a fatal riding accident when her horse, Blackie, took off; “she went one way, he went the other, and his off hind hoof caught you[her] in the head” (139). Finally back on River Bend Ranch, Sam jumps right back into riding on her new m
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Clare O'Beara
This is a very worthwhile read about a girl called Sam who has been raised on a ranch but living away from it for two years. Now she is returning and wonders what life will be like. She had been training a dark grey colt but he got spooked and threw her and ran away, and her family doesn't know where he is.

Sam finds a pale grey stallion coming to drink by moonlight near the ranch house, and realises that as grey horses get lighter each year, this could be her colt. But he is wild and running wit
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Rachel
Oh gosh, I would have ADORED this book as a youngster. Even as a mostly-adult, it was still pretty entertaining. I have to admit, I have a preference for English riding over Western and wild mustangs and the whole shebang, but really, anything horse-related will catch my interest by default.

My only real complaint--that may or may not be a compliment--was that I felt like I was being dropped in the middle of a series, not picking up the first one. The world and the characters had all this develop
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Georgina Howlett
After having this series recommended to me by my friend Ashley, I ordered the first book from Amazon with the hope that although the books were apparently intended for younger audiences, I would enjoy them as much as I did with the My Secret Unicorn series. Needless to say I think I may even enjoy this series even more eventually.

The characters and the plot of this first instalment in the series is are simply wonderful. I found myself becoming so emotionally attached to Sam, Jake and the rest; I
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Madeline
I know im a "little" old for the Phantom Stallion but to tell you the truth i really enjoy these books. First of all they pass the time well. Secondly, i like horses... a lot. And also they're good books to read inbetween reading all the long, somtimes confusing, books.
I do recomend these books for any age! Esspecialy younger kids. I think they would be great books for their first chapter book, not too hard but still challenging to the young ones.
Amber
This series was by far my favorite as a child. Terri Farley has a gift for writing these wild horse stories. As a child her attention to detail was more than satisfying and took my mind to that place where Sam rode her horse across the Nevada desert. I also loved the real-life situations Sam was put in, they definitely helped me deal with my own situations. If you love horses, I would definitely recommend this series to you.
Denise
Awwww, this book was what first got me interested in reading. Before this book I used to think reading was lame. But, I have always loved horses so when i was in 5th grade and I saw the horse on the cover I was interested. It was AWESOME! So are the other 23 books in the series, I highly recommend to anyone. Especially if you're a mom and your little girl is having a hard time getting into reading. It's great.
Maris
This is the only fiction horse series I like. The main character, Sam, is a (bad) western rider, loves horses and not her own popularity, doesn't care about shows, isn't flawless with the horses, and doesn't deal with drama people. All things that make this book very different from most horse books. (Most horse books are really bad, in my opinion. This is a nice diversion from that!)
Rena Sherwood
The cover artwork is better than the story.

I may have liked this when I was 8, but at 45 I found it to be deliciously silly. Farley (no relation to Walter Farley) has very little knowledge of how horses really behave. Also, four-year-old horses are usually called colts and NOT stallions. A four-year-old mustang colt would have very little chance of leading a herd. But then, of course, this book is a girl's wet-dream come true and not based too tightly on reality.

This reminds me of the Saturday
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Gerri Leen
First off, this is a book for kids and young adults (provided they're horse crazy girls--or less likely boys). I was remembering my own youth eagerly reading the Black Stallion books (yes, Walter Farley (no relation to Terri Farley) was still putting out books when I was growing up) and wanted to recapture some of that in a new series. This is very readable, well crafted, but didn't hook me. I think it was because this isn't about racing, but about mustangs. The action is going to have to come t ...more
Kirsti
Sam is returning to her father's ranch, following an accident with her horse two years previous. She has to relearn things, make mistakes and fall back into her old rhythm, but still, there is the niggling feeling that Blackie is still watching her.

It's up to her, and old friend Jake, to prevent her old stallion from being rounded up and readopted to her new nasty neighbor, and they'll do anything to stop it.

A nice, simple story that didn't require much thought or effort to read. It was just the
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Twyla
Dec 27, 2014 Twyla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Twyla by: kaylee
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Gail
A student of mine loved this book so much, she wanted me to read it. She sighed when she talked about the book. When I was young, I dreamed of owning a horse and so I thought, why not. I read the book over the course of a few days and discovered exactly why she loved it so much. It is a heart warming story of a young girl who had a horse she loved, but has an accident. She is whisked away to stay with a relative for two years as she recovers. The horse ran off after the accident. When the young ...more
Jackie
These books were a huge part of my childhood, and even though I read them quite a few years ago, I know I must have enjoyed them since I insisted on continuing to read the entire 20-something book series. Therefore, I'm sure I'd recommend them to another horse-loving preteen, but I'm sure not many other people would appreciate them. Still a very good read, and I remember never being able to put them down.
Rebecca
As a horse-obsessed girl whose other favorite books were Nancy Drew mysteries, these were some of my favorite books as a kid and I still smile fondly whenever I think about them over a decade later.
Lafanda
A great series for the young horse-lover! I read the whole series as a kid and each book keeps you interested and racing for the next!
Hack
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Sarah
This is another series I got into around the time of Heartland. My aunt bought me the first of this series. I did enjoy the change of scenery from english riding in both Heartland and Thoroughbred and the story of Zanzibar and Sam is every horse lover's dream. However, as the series wore on, I started to grow detached. I have to read the last four books or so, but for the sake of saying I read them all, I will read them. I already own all of them so I won't let my money go to waste, or my mom's ...more
Jessica
I really liked it. It's not as good as some other books i read but i enjoyed it very much.
Mary
I live in a smalltown in Illinois. Surprisingly not many people have horses. Pigs, dogs, and cats sure. I actually have horses. Only four of them........ Though my mare is expecting a baby in May. Well, enough about that. My point is if you don't know a lot about horses you have no clue what they're talking about. That's the only reason this book does not have 5 stars. For me it was a perfect 5 stars but I knocke one for Terri not explaining a lot of the words. So, if you're familiar with horses ...more
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Julie
Black Stallion meets Saddle Club? Except there isn't a young group of girls like in Saddle Club so perhaps this is just Black Stallion but with a girl. As far as I can tell Terri Farley is no relation to Walter Farley but the name and her choice of books certainly must help her sell them. All in all, it was a fun story, short like Saddle Club books but with a similar spirit to Black Stallion. An enjoyable, but not incredible, young adult series it looks like. I'll read a few more. Sure wish I co ...more
Arianna Centrella
it was awesome and funny.
Tessa
Apr 29, 2015 Tessa added it
Read full series.
Olivia
really well written
Kitty Katy
May 26, 2014 Kitty Katy marked it as to-read
I have it
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Terri Farley is the author of Seven Tears into the Sea, the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and the forthcoming Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them (Fall 2015).

Terri lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with her journalist husband and pets, but still longs for the California beaches where she grew up. She's worked as a waitress, journalist
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Other Books in the Series

Phantom Stallion (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Dark Sunshine (Phantom Stallion, #3)
  • The Renegade (Phantom Stallion, #4)
  • Free Again (Phantom Stallion, #5)
  • The Challenger (Phantom Stallion, #6)
  • Desert Dancer (Phantom Stallion, #7)
  • Golden Ghost (Phantom Stallion, #8)
  • Gift Horse (Phantom Stallion, #9)
  • Red Feather Filly (Phantom Stallion, #10)
  • Untamed (Phantom Stallion, #11)
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