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The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
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This classic children's story about a boy shipwrecked with a wild stallion contains many great plot devices. The boy, Alec, is rescued by the horse when their ship sinks in a storm then returns the favor by insisting that the stallion return home with him when they are finally plucked from the desert island by a passing freighter. Home is Flushing, New York, where Alec's neighbor just happens to be a former champion jockey. Alec works hard to tame and then train the Black under Mr. Dailey's tutelage and they enlist the aid of a hard-bitten sports columnist to set up the Race of the Century against the two fastest horses of the day. Of course, the Black wins against great odds, with Alec as his jockey.

Unfortunately, even with all that drama, this book was a little flat. The slang "Swell, Mr. Dailey!" was distracting for modern kids and the set-up of the match race just too over-done. There is a whole series of Black Stallion books which no doubt many readers remember fondly from their childhoods but, for us, we'll stop with one.
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