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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Black Stallion (Book 21)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (August 20, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679813489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679813484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The wonderfully improbable chronicles of the Black Stallion continue with this narrative of the Black's colthood in the mountains of Arabia. Specially bred to strengthen the bloodlines of Sheik Abu Ishak's herds, the Black is the victim of a failed horse raid. Driven out of his secluded pasture, the colt takes up with a herd of ibex. Soon he is scaling sheer rock faces and dueling fierce rams to the death. Befriended by Rashid, a young Bedouin, the stallion journeys to the desert, attempting to elude the rival groups of horse traders that seek him. As all devotees of the series know, the Black is finally recaptured and put aboard the tramp steamer Drake , just in time for his star-crossed meeting with Alec Ramsay, his future master. Although this prequel never quite matches the sparkle of the earlier works, it certainly should answer several questions about the Black's beginnings. Even the book's rather cloying mystical streak is unlikely to disturb the loyal followers of the legendary stallion. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-- Almost 50 years after the publication of The Black Stallion (Random, 1944), Farley and his son explain the events leading up to "Shetan's" boarding the ill-fated steamer. The adventure begins with a raiding party's attempts to steal the yearling from his breeder, Abu ben Ishak. Shetan, angered by the cruel Ibn al Khaldun, escapes from the pasture. Sharing his new life as a fugutive is Rashid, Khaldun's Bedouin scout who bungled the raid. In a series of cinematic episodes, Rashid and Shetan survive the dangers of Arabia's mountains. Some coincidences mar the plot's believability, but readers will enjoy the story's twists and exciting scenes. The last chapters rehash the truck racing scenes from The Raiders of the Lost Ark, but readers will be driven to complete the story. The Farleys repeat the trademark style, complete with excess adjectives and breathless scenes. Rashid is portrayed as a devout Moslem who frequently thanks Allah for his survival. Shetan's hatred of man arises from his struggles to escape the raiders--and his supposed heritage as the son of "The Stallion of the Midnight Sky." Devoted readers might accept the former premise, but they will discard the second. The Black Stallion Mystery (Random, 1965) confirmed that a real-life stallion, Ziyadah, sired Shetan. Compared to other Farley titles, this rates average. Anxious fans will savor the story, nonetheless. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Great for adventure lovers and all who want to know the whole story.
"horses423"
I can understand an abused horse being violent with people, but a horse being chased and struck once would not make it a man-hating killer.
"Leigh"
I really appreciate the mind of Walter Farley, and the storyline he could weave.
Tempting Fortune

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Evans on October 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The excellent series of Walter Farley's must be noted with an excellent finale in the Black Stallion Challenged, where Flame and The Black and their owners Steve and Alec meet together - highly anticipated drama. This book basically ends the well written, well connected series. The "after thoughts" that are The Black Stallion's Ghost, Black Stallion and the Girl, Black Stallion Legend and the Young Black Stallion are increasingly poorly written , disappointingly crafted, sequels to the original 17 books. One of the very best of the series was The Black Stallion Mystery with the revelation and suspense of realizing and meeting the actual sire of The Black - the golden chestnut Ziyadah. In the attempt to create the prequel and offer the story of the "young black stallion" my guess is that son Steven Farley took over for his father and ( Unfortunately, disappointingly) discounted the revelation of Ziyadah as the sire. Rather the sire was something from another world - almost biblical in interpretation. Indeed, this story suggests that the story of a chestnut sire , that was prepotent and dominant for the chestnut gene, could NOt have produced the black colt. Anyone with any knowledge of equine colour inheritance will know that chestnut is NEVER dominant , but only recessive to bay or black or grey etc. Many chestnuts can and do produce blacks provided that the dam is bay or black , or even a grey masking this colour. While Farley's books - the original 17, were indeed fictional, senior Farley did present the stories with a very educational and well researched background. "Filly' and "Courage" were such examples of novels which gave anyone solid background information to the sport of Racing.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "horses423" on May 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the book you want to read if you want to hear about all of the blacks early adventures right up to the point when The Black boards The Drake. Great for adventure lovers and all who want to know the whole story. Yet something about it doesn't appeal to me maybe its because theres no Alec. You can judge fthis book yourself but I'd definetly try it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gale Finlayson on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
The father-son authors have produced an excellent story, recreating the youth of the Black until the time when Alex Ramsay witnesses him being loaded--with savage fury and hatred for all men--on board The Drake in a Middle Eastern port. The Prologue and Epilogue are set in the Arizona desert where Alec, now a young man, spends the night with his beloved stallion, grazing nearby. Contemplating the starry nocturnal sky Alec locates the Horsehead Nebula and seriously ponders the tantalyzing theory that his horse was sired by a celestial equine.

The main body of the book narrates the desperate attempts of various men who pursue ownership of Shetan--for pride and breeding purposes. Sheikh Ishak hides the yearling in a remote mountain fastness, but a rival sheikh sends a bold band to steal him. A young hunter and tracker named Rashid is selected to kill the venerable Old Herder, who suspects the colt's semi-divine pedigree. Abandoned to certain death by the rival sheikh, Rashid spends months in the mountains, trailing Shetan and rescuing him from a ferocious leopard. But toleration of the man's presence does not forge a true bond between the Arabian strangers. Also Rashid is haunted by the intermittent appearance of a peregrine falcon, which hovers over him like a future menace.

Rashid's plans to capture and sell Shetan, to assure himself a life of comfort, are foiled by the Ishak and the arrival of a resourceful English agent called The Cat. Who will ultimately triumph during this prolonged battle of wills? His breeder and rightful owner, the rival sheikh, Rashid with whom readers come to empathize, Mansoor (the Cat) or the mighty stallion himself? Dramatic conflict is enhanced from the obvious Man vs Man scenario to Man vs Nature, for the harsh mountains and pitiless desert environments interject challenges unforeseen by human schemes. Characterized by minimal dialogue and elements of surrealism this book proves fascinating for readers of all ages.
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This book brings the Black stallion series back around to the beginning. It's nice to know how the Black was stolen and that the man he struck down when loading onto the Drake in the first book wasn't killed. It makes me like the Black even more. Also I was very happy to find out that Alec and the Black were alright after going through the perils of the Black Stallion Legend. This book is a nice little ending and beginning to a great series. However, I wish it was a little bit longer. It felt more like a short story than an actual book.
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By Tempting Fortune on May 29, 2014
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I really appreciate the mind of Walter Farley, and the storyline he could weave. This is a wonderful story and I still enjoyed the reading.
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By Diane Adams on March 19, 2014
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This tells about the Black when he was young and how it all got stared.
like I said all of Walter Farley books are great.
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I have read all but two of Walter Farley's Black Stallion series and I love them all. I hope that Steven has the same writing expertice that his father had! Thank you Walter!
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By Workonmyfeet on October 28, 2012
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Interesting and fun to read, says my twelve year old. At times she was confused, apparently because of references to other books, but in the end it all makes sense.
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