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Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #11: Galloping Gold [NOOK Book]

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A lonely girl, a wild horse, and a Hawaiian island full of possibilities . . .

Every horse has its bad habits, but Sugarfoot's are becoming a real problem. Despite this, Darby's best friend Ann will not give up on him—even when her parents' insurance company threatens to shut down their equine rescue program if Ann can't make the horse behave. With Sugarfoot's future on the line, Darby and Ann find the perfect outlet for his energy: the ...

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Overview

A lonely girl, a wild horse, and a Hawaiian island full of possibilities . . .

Every horse has its bad habits, but Sugarfoot's are becoming a real problem. Despite this, Darby's best friend Ann will not give up on him—even when her parents' insurance company threatens to shut down their equine rescue program if Ann can't make the horse behave. With Sugarfoot's future on the line, Darby and Ann find the perfect outlet for his energy: the island's charity race.

As the big day approaches, though, Ann's leg injury flares up. Time is running out and the two girls must rely on the most undependable person they know—or Sugarfoot will be sent away forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
As part of the "Wild Horse Island" series, this novel is the story of Darby and her friend Ann's struggle with Sugarfoot, a gold and white pinto with an unpredictable temper. When Sugarfoot frightens a new rider on the ranch and causes the rider to fall from her horse, Ann's family wonders what to do with Sugarfoot. They know they cannot keep the pinto if she continues her erratic behavior. Darby's grandfather suggests that Sugarfoot needs a task, something to keep her busy and less irritable. With the help of friends, the girls plan a race for Sugarfoot and the other horses near the local ranch. When Ann injures her knee, the girls have to find a replacement for their team. They decide to have Tyson, a troublesome boy from school, take Ann's place. Together, Tyson and Darby set aside their differences and race Sugarfoot to a fourth place finish. The end of the book includes a glossary of Hawaiian words and a description of all the characters. First time readers of this series will need to use the character log often as the author is continually throwing in characters, humans, and horses, with very little background included. There are numerous subplots with all the characters and horses. These subplots are distracting, often overwhelming the main plot, and do not enrich the novel in most cases. The ending is unsatisfying in that it is not clear if Sugarfoot has been cured of her wild nature or not. Reviewer: Jody Little
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061889837
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island Series , #11
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 345,721
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Terri Farley is the author of the wildly popular Phantom Stallion series, which has sold one million copies. For her new series, Wild Horse Island, Terri volunteered on a horse ranch in Hawaii for three weeks. After much coaxing, she returned to her husband in Verdi, Nevada, where she lives and writes.

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Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #11: Galloping Gold


By Terri Farley
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Terri Farley
All right reserved.



ISBN: 9780061626456


Chapter One

Sugarfoot had kind eyes.

Even though Darby Carter stood outside the pasture fence, she could see his eyes glimmer. When the gold—and—white pinto tilted his head, he looked sweet.

"Are you just totally misunderstood?" Darby called to the horse as she hefted a bucket and started to open the pasture gate.

"Careful when you go into the pinto pasture. Smudge and Red Cloud have manners, but you can never tell about Sugarfoot," cautioned Ann Potter, Darby's best friend. "He can fool anyone."

Including me, Darby thought. The horse didn't look a bit dangerous.

Sugarfoot grazed between a gray—and—white pony and a rawboned mare, at least seventeen hands tall. Judging by the mare's drooping lower lip, she was old, but her bright bay—and—white coat gleamed like she'd just been groomed for a horse show.

Darby still didn't understand why Ann and her mother had been reluctant to ask her to keep Sugarfoot busy on the other side of the pasture while they had a visitor.

She made a kissing sound at the gelding and his ears pricked alert. If she hadn't known for weeks about Sugarfoot's habit of charging, she wouldn't have thought twice about spending time with the horse.

"Thanks forkeeping an eye on Sugarfoot while we're busy. My mom just thinks it's safer for him to be watched when she's teaching someone who's never ridden before." Ann looked at Darby over the grape soda–colored back of the horse she was saddling. "They'll be working in the arena and I'll just be standing over there for backup." Ann paused to retie the black ribbon headband that was supposed to tame her unruly red hair, and then glanced toward Sugarfoot again. "You're sure you don't mind?"

This was totally silly, Darby thought. After all, one of the things that had brought them together in the first place had been the sight of each other's riding boots, at school.

"Mind?" Darby asked. "Hmm, yeah, you know how I hate playing with horses."

"Just make sure he doesn't end up playing with you." Ann grinned as she settled a Western saddle onto Soda's back.

Darby couldn't take Ann's warning to heart. She'd been deprived of horses for the first thirteen years of her life. Now she couldn't get enough of them.

Before, she'd lived in a world of fast traffic and crowded apartments. The only horses she'd known had been in books and her imagination.

Since she'd moved to Moku Lio Hihiu, the Island of Wild Horses, to live with her grandfather on 'Iolani Ranch, she spent every minute she could with them.

At the sound of women's voices, the girls looked over to see Ramona Potter, Ann's mom, approaching. Beside her walked a short, chubby—cheeked woman.

"That must be Mrs. Mookini," Ann said.

"Mookini?" Darby repeated the last name. It sounded familiar.

"Gemma Mookini. You probably read about her in the paper," Ann said quietly. "The legal secretary who was trapped for a full day after the earthquake?"

"I remember hearing about that," Darby admitted. "She managed to crawl under her desk and that kept her from being crushed by falling rubble, right?"

Ann nodded, but something else about the name continued to puzzle Darby.

"Ever since the earthquake, she's been afraid of open spaces . . . ," Ann said, and Darby's expression must have shown her surprise. "I know, that seems contradictory, huh?"

"I think confined spaces would creep me out after something like that," Darby said, and then she pictured herself curled up in the dark, with only a few slabs of wood holding off death. "But maybe she can't forget that the desk saved her?"

"Maybe," Ann said. "Anyway, she only feels safe at home and inside her car. She can barely go to work anymore, so her doctor suggested she take up horseback riding to experience open spaces in a positive way. And that's where you come in," Ann said, kissing Soda on the nose.

With an overhand knot, Ann joined Soda's split reins together, then tossed them over his head.

"I know you can keep a secret, or I wouldn't have told you all that about Mrs. Mookini," Ann said.

From someone else, Ann's words might have been a hint to keep quiet, but Ann's tone said she trusted Darby.

Darby used her free hand to make a zipping motion across her lips.

"If they head for the indoor ring, you should come over and watch," Ann said. "Mom's really good with new riders, and even Sugarfoot can't spook Soda through the barn walls."

Ann had shown Darby the indoor ring the previous night. It looked like a big old barn, but the floor was covered with sawdust and mirrors lined the walls, so riders could check their form.

"Ann, honey, we're ready," Mrs. Potter called.

"Come on, Soda," Ann said to the blue—black gelding. She jogged forward, leading him by his neck rope. "Time to earn your daily grain."

For a minute, Darby watched them move away. Then she walked across the pasture toward Sugarfoot.

"And it's time for me to keep you out of trouble," Darby told the gelding. She swung the bucket of alfalfa cubes so the aroma would waft toward him.

All three horses smelled the treat. Gray—and—white Smudge trotted beside her, trying to be her new best friend. Red Cloud took a long, appreciative sniff.

"Sorry, you guys, this is a bribery bucket," Darby said, but she took two alfalfa cubes out of the bucket and wedged one into each of her jeans pockets. For later. Smudge and Red Cloud shouldn't suffer for their good manners.

Sugarfoot swished his tail with calm curiosity, but Darby caught something besides a craving for food in his expression as he lowered his head to the bucket.

"What are you thinking, Sugarfoot?" Darby asked.

The gelding blinked his palomino eyelashes, but he only turned one ear toward the sound of Mrs. Mookini's voice as she cheered, "I'm riding!"

Darby had to look. Mrs. Mookini sat in the saddle and even though Soda wasn't moving, the woman sounded delighted.



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Excerpted from Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #11: Galloping Gold by Terri Farley Copyright © 2009 by Terri Farley. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2009

    Phantom Stallion Galloping Gold

    I enjoyed this book, and series on the whole, as I like something like this to read just for the shear fun of it. It gives me break from all the newspapers and legal reading I do, and all the real world type reading.
    The book is excellent for kids and I'm a big kid at heart. I love horses...and the writer sticks real horse facts and knowledge into her story...to make it realistic. The characters come alive...and you feel like they are among friends. The description writing is beautifuly done.
    The cover is also beautifully done...the artist is a gem.
    Terri uses alot of Native words from the islands and so I've learned alot from that too. And she creates a dictionary from the character's view with an easy to understand definition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Amazing

    This series is utterly amazing. I don't know if I'm over-exaggerating since I'm a huge horse lover, but even if you aren't...this series is awesome! Even my brother, who hates to read, loves this series!!!! Oh, and for those that are so excited for the books to come out, each book in the series gets released at two month intervals, so book 12 will probably be out in April or so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Sapphire

    Im the fastest -beigins galloping around-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Aqua

    I am frisky. Starts running around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Skylight

    "Hello" ( they can talk)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Redhawk

    He nuzzled her. "Nevermind."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Goood

    This book is vary awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Your right on that!!!!

    Dear Sam is way better i like the wild horse island books they tell a little bit about the phantom but i tottly anderstand i would like to see a specal adicition Phantom stallion just for fun I love you Phantom/Zanzibar and i tried emailing terri but i got no email back for like 2 or 3 months

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Love it

    Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    B

    She laughs and purrs as she sees him. "Yes, you, are.....!"
    ~Fawnstep : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Tawnypelt/cheetahear

    I posted in those books before so if i post there again i get locked Out and if i post here again i get locked out. I didnt post here before so i could post here 2 times. And who do u know what cats i rp?
    ~tawnypelt
    Cheetahear

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Not 2 good

    Definitly not as good as the phantom stallion series

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    I love it!

    All of Darbys stroies are amazing!

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    SAM IS WAY BETTER

    i'm sorry terri but i just can't connect with darby i've read the whole series and didn't like it that much. i mean it was a god story but i still like the phantom stallion series better. i miss reading new adventures with sam and jake and zanzibar and all the other characters. i used to can't stand reading but i read the first phantom stallion book and fell in love with it. i read every book in the series and feel like there should be more like you didn't finish the story. sam said this isn't goodbye. it's been like five years since you wrote number 24 how much longer are you going to make your friends wait? i can't wait any more! i've moved on to the avalon web of magic series it doesn't have horses in it sadly and, there still not as good as the phantom stallion series. i recommend the phantom stallion series to any one who is in love with horses. to me it seems like people have forgotten about sam and all of her adventures PLEASE IF YOU FEEL THE SAME AND YOUR WRITING A REVEIW PLEASE RESPOND.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Hawaiian Horses

    Out of all of the horse series that I have read over the years, both of the Phantom Stallion series are probably a couple of my favorites. The Wild Horse Island series is unique in that it is the only horse series that I can think of that is set in Hawaii. I don't think that many people even know that Hawaii even has wild horses (I know that I didn't until I read the stories!) One of the things that I liked most about the series was how much of the Hawaiian culture it portrayed. So, if you want something slightly different to read in horse stories, this is certainly a good series to read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    great series!

    I love this series! but in the back of #10 it says "Don't miss the conclusion to Darby's adventures'! This can't be the last book!!! I will be so sad!

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I love these books!!!

    O my gosh!!! I cannot wait!!AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! I'm majorly excited. I have to get this one. The cover is so georgeous!! i cant wait till i get # 10 so I can read the first like 6 pgs of this one!. I am so excited!!! I'm getting it the day it gets out!!!!AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I love it I love it!!!Thank you Terri Farley!!!! I am Probably your biggest fan(in my opinion)!!!!! I did my book report on book 8!!! This is a great series and I highly recomemend it for your horse-loving daughters because I am one!!!!

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    Posted June 12, 2011

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