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Black Stallion's Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Steven Farley
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It has all the makings of a glorious day--the Black has just won the America's Cup! But the fruits of victory quickly sour when it is learned that the Black's challenger, shying at a shadow on the track, has suffered a fatal fall. Now, the Black himself is hobbled by a fear of shadows, a problem that could end his brilliant racing career. Will the Black become the next victim if he is not cured of his fright?

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9?In the Farley tradition, the plot gallops off to a dramatic start?the Black and jockey Alec Ramsay win a race that leaves two challengers dead. The Black begins to spook at shadows on the ground, so Alec consults Wes, a movie horse trainer. At the movie ranch, he and his horse become involved in a mystery involving sabotage on the set. Plenty of action scenes and the glamour of the film industry will involve readers of this long-lasting series. Steven Farley, son of the prolific Walter, debuts with this title (the pair co-authored The Young Black Stallion [Random, 1989]). His simple writing style and fast-moving plot will satisfy those who've devoured previous adventures of the Black and his clan. (And yes, Alec does help his horse to conquer fear of shadows).?Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library, NM
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-7. Steven Farley takes over the series his late father began with this adventure in which the Black develops a fear of shadows. When he takes the stallion to horse trainer Wes Taylor hoping for a cure, Alec Ramsay becomes involved in trying to find the person responsible for a series of "accidents" at the Taylor ranch. The exciting conclusion connects the two story lines: Alec and the Black become the next targets, and the Black must overcome his fear of shadows to avoid a deadly accident. The plot is well crafted and provides plenty of thrills, but Farley seems to have lost sight of his audience. Young readers may not be able to identify with any of the all-adult cast of characters or follow their discussion of complicated financial dealings, unions, and the adult sport of horse racing. Parents and teachers can compensate by using the book as a read-aloud and providing lots of discussion. Lauren Peterson

Product Details

  • File Size: 1105 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WBGOZ2
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
The Black and Alec face several different challenges in this book, the main one is the fact that Alec is away from home on a ranch. After his horse gets a fear of shadows, Alec realizes that he cannot race again until the Black overcomes this fear. He asks for the help of his trainer, Henry's friend. He meets many new people, some good, some not so good. A good story with a great plot.
I do not totally agree with the other reviews, because I love the Black Stallion and no matter what book he's in, he will still be the Black Stallion. This book is different, because it deals more with "other" activities than racing, horse grooming, breeding, etc. I think that this book deserves it's spot on the charts not as a book like the others in the series, but as a book by itself. Do not expect the expected when you read this book, if you have read others in the series. Writers truly do have their own way of writing and that is something we must accept.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing October 8, 2005
Walter Farley's writing progressed during the course of his original Black Stallion series. The richness and variety of language provided vivid word-pictures of the characters, surroundings, and circumstances in his books. From the racetracks of New York to the scorching Arabian sands, Farley senior took the reader with him on dangerous adventures and breathtaking race rides. His writing progressed, richened, and refined with each novel. With Alec Ramsay, the readers grew up on the back of the Black Stallion.

Then came Steven Farley. His cooperation in the Young Black Stallion with Walter indicates that the erstwhile author passed the torch to his son with blessings. Farley senior may have bequeathed the series to Steven, but he was unable to include the same literary flavor. Alec and the Black progressed from a pair of unknowns to a respected force in the racing community during the original series. "Shadow" very quickly kicks Alec back to square one in the racing community, still being called a 'kid' and angrily defending himself. Books tend to set a tone right away, and I wasn't impressed. It is impossible to separate the continuation from the original series, and therefore it is not possible to avoid comparing them. Stick with Farley senior's books. They are superior.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars well... October 9, 2005
A Kid's Review
I haven't finished this book yet, but I can already tell it's not gonna be good. First, Steven Farley just can't write like his father. Second, he doesn't know anything about horse racing! In a big race, the America Cup, the Black's main challenger is a two-year-old colt named Ruskin. The race is a mile and a half.

Already, two problems.

1. Two year olds don't race against older horses here in America. Duh!

2. A two year old in a mile and a half race? YEAH RIGHT!

The writing was poor, and the author didn't write enough details in the race.

I'm already nearly done with the book, but I won't say any more, because all I need to say is that this book isn't worth buying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his father's Black Stallion August 12, 2001
By A Customer
Like other reviewers, I am an adult returning to the ongoing Black Stallion series that I loved as a child. I'm sure Steven Farley is a good writer, but his style is not his father's and his efforts to continue the Black Stallion stories from his father should be put to rest. The violent deaths of three horses in this book are enough to halt any fan of Walter Farley's. The relationship between the Black and Alec is missing the depth and understanding that readers of the series are used to. Time to go back to the originals and leave these new stories to others less familiar with Walter Farley's work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay May 11, 2000
By A Customer
I grew up reading Walter Farley's Black Stallion series. Although Steven is trying, he will never write the Black like his father did. I like how this book took Alec and the Black off of the race track and into new territory, and how the Black had to deal with his fear, making him more "real", and mortal, but it just wasn't the same. And the timing doesn't make sense. The Black is only 8 years old? I don't think so. It was exciting in spots, but the writing is too different; it doesn't feel like a "real" Black Stallion book. Maybe Steven should have just left the series alone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It should have ended with Walter Farley April 10, 2006
By Emma K
Being an avid equestrienne, when I was a child I always loved reading The Black Stallion books. I loved the way Farley developed the relationship between Alec and the Black, loved the dramatic plots and loved the exciting races.

Steven Farley isn't his dad. One thing I always had a problem with in this series was the way the characters never seemed to really grow older, except maybe when Alec meets Pam. But in this book, Steven claims that Black is 8 years old. WHAT?? The Black must've been between 4 and 6 years old when he and Alec were deserted on the island in the first book, and since then he's sired at least three horses, all of whom are are adult racers now. Satan won the Triple Crown, and the only horses who race in at the Belmont, Preakness and Kentucky Derby are 3-year olds. When Satan's a little older, his sister turns three and races in the Kentucky Derby. Black should have been long retired by then, and I always found it troubling that time and again Farley Sr. pulled him out to race this horse and that horse when he's about 10 or 11 years old. Maybe older.

Steven Farley goes even further, pitting the black stallion against a two-year old. A two-year old!! Not only is that absolutely ridiculous, but even racehorses don't start racing at two, although they do undergo vigorous training at that age (which is actually wrong - a horse's body is still developing until it turns four, but racehorses start training and racing early). However, two-year olds do not race aged stallions (coughNOT8-years-oldcough) Steven Farley doesn't bother to really describe the race with the sort of vivid imagery and suspense-building language that his father used, and it's quite clear that he's rather ignorant of the rules of horse racing.
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