Golden Ghost (Phantom Stallion Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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Already a beloved addition to the wildly popular horse series genre, Phantom Stallion continues to enthral readers with more adventures in the modern–day Wild West.

In the eighth instalment of this exciting series, Golden Ghost, Sam must choose between helping her best friend and letting the Phantom win a new member of his herd. Can she make them both happy?

Sam must choose between helping her ...

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Overview

Already a beloved addition to the wildly popular horse series genre, Phantom Stallion continues to enthral readers with more adventures in the modern–day Wild West.

In the eighth instalment of this exciting series, Golden Ghost, Sam must choose between helping her best friend and letting the Phantom win a new member of his herd. Can she make them both happy?

Sam must choose between helping her best friend and letting the Phantom win anew member of the herd. Can she make them both happy?

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Children's Literature
High school freshman Samantha Forster, whose friends and family call her Sam, receives an assignment from her teacher to investigate the abandoned town of Nugget with her best friend, Jennifer Kenworthy. Rumors linger that Nugget is a haunted ghost town. When Sam and Jen go to Nugget on horseback for their first trip, they see Golden Rose, a palomino that has been missing from Jen's family ranch for two years. The disappearance of this horse encourages Jen's father to consider moving to the city, which gives Jen and her mother nightmares. If Jen can return Golden Rose to the ranch, she believes her father will change his mind about moving to the city. As the two girls research Nugget and aspire to catch Golden Rose, they attempt to solve the mystery of the horse's disappearance. Who stole her? Who has been keeping her in captivity for the past two years? Can Sam and Jen save the Kenworthy ranch? As the girls survey Nugget, readers learn how to do on-site research. Although Farley targets young readers, she centers the story on two high school protagonists. Breaking this convention of children's literature makes these protagonists seem much less mature than high school students typically should be. Although the mysterious plot is difficult to follow at times, this book is divided into chapters and written on a fairly simple level, which can give young readers a sense of accomplishment and motivation for more advanced reading. 2003, Avon Books/HarperCollins, Ages 9 to 12.
—Jenna Dobbins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061889226
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Phantom Stallion Series , #8
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 252,152
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 345 KB

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 #8: Golden Ghost


By Terri Farley

Harper Collins Publishers

Copyright © 2003 Terri Farley All right reserved. ISBN: 0060537264

Chapter One

Manes lashing, forelegs reaching, two horses galloped side by side across the high desert of Nevada. The palomino and the bay drank in crisp January air as they strained against their reins. They rejoiced in the dazzling blue and white day just as much as their riders.

Samantha Forster leaned low on Ace's neck. Her eyes squinted almost shut as the bay ran into the wind. If she hadn't pulled her hair into a tight clip under her old brown Stetson, it would be blizzarding around her face. On days like this, when he'd left the warm confinement of the barn behind, Ace's surging eagerness reminded her he was a mustang.

The bay gelding longed to run with a herd, even if it was only a herd of two. A sudden tug at the bit telegraphed along the reins into Sam's hands. Her fingers closed tighter and her deerskin gloves kept the reins from sliding away.

Ace wanted to race. Although Jen's big palomino mare, Silk Stockings, was sixteen hands to his fourteen, Ace always thought he could win. Once in a while he could, when the palomino turned skittish and proved Jen's insight in nicknaming her mare Silly.

Sam turned her head just enough to see Jen.

Jen leaned slightly forward in her saddle. Her white-blond braids streamed behind her, flat on thewind, and morning sunlight glazed the lenses of her glasses. Jen didn't notice Sam's glance. She rode like a female Paul Revere, as if she had a mission and only her palomino mare could take her there.

Jennifer Kenworthy was Sam's best friend and she'd been gone for most of winter vacation. But Jen and her mom had driven in from Utah late the night before.

Even though it had been nearly eleven, long past Sam's nine o'clock limit on phone calls, Jen had braved Dad's anger and called Sam to beg for an early-morning ride. Jen's desperation meant her parents hadn't reached a truce.

Maybe because Dad had just returned from his honeymoon, or because Brynna, his new wife, reminded him it was, after all, vacation, Dad allowed Sam to talk with Jen, and make plans to meet between River Bend and Gold Dust ranches, for a ride.

This morning, Sam had dressed in the dark. She'd pulled on the jeans, red pullover sweater, and boots she'd laid out the night before, then tiptoed downstairs without squeaking a single board.

She even made it out to the barn without Blaze, River Bend Ranch's watchdog, raising a ruckus.

Sam couldn't think of anything better than celebrating Jen's first day back with a run across War Drum Flats.

Sure, they watched for cracks and bare roots, anything that meant disaster if a horse tripped at a full run, but they knew this patch of alkali desert well. It spread before them in all directions, smooth and level as a white tablecloth.

For a few steps, Ace veered east. Sam corrected him, keeping him in step with Silly, but her heart pulled toward the Calico Mountains just as Ace's did.

From the corner of her eye, Sam could just see the mountain range. Glowing in the morning sun, the peaks looked smooth and soft, as if they'd been molded from orange sherbet. But things weren't always what they seemed. The peaks were inaccessible to cars or trucks and only the most determined rider could follow the faint paths etched by deer, antelope, and wild horses.

The Calico Mountains were steep and dangerous and Sam was glad.

She'd seen the Phantom scale that rocky mountain face just a few days ago. He and his new lead mare had been guiding his herd back into their secret valley. They were there now, Sam thought with a sigh, safe for the winter. She had no reason to worry over the great silver stallion.

Everything in her own life was fine, too. Even though she had a brand-new stepmother, Sam trusted Brynna Olson - now Forster - to fit into the family.

Tranquility for the mustangs and her family meant Sam could single-mindedly attack her goal for the three days until school recommenced: she'd help Jen.

With a squeal of frustration, Ace surged forward. He wanted to run faster than his short legs would carry him.

Beyond the thunder of running hooves and the wind singing through Ace's mane, Sam heard the slapping of her saddlebags. Each time Ace's hind legs shot behind him, leather creaked. The pouches, buckled to her saddle, hung heavy with schoolwork and a flashlight.

Jen had arrived home just in time. There were three days until the end of vacation. Three days until they had to turn in the first stage of their homework on the ghost town of Nugget.

"No problem," Sam muttered to Ace, "except we haven't seen it yet."

Since she was a little kid, Sam had heard stories about the old mining town of Nugget. At night, little white lights appeared in the old general store, said one tale, and the saloon had a trapdoor that dropped into black nothingness. The ground which the town sat on was supposed to be unstable, because it sat above miles of earth honeycombed with mine shafts. Those were supposed to be filled with poisonous gases and, of course, the entire town of Nugget was rumored to be haunted.

Why hadn't she ever been there? Until ten years ago, the town hadn't even been locked up. Now, while it awaited status as a historic landmark, a padlocked gate blocked the entrance. According to Mrs. Ely, only one team of students would receive a key to that padlock.

Sam felt her own satisfied smile. That key was in her pocket.

(Continues...)


Excerpted from Phantom Stallion #8: Golden Ghost by Terri Farley
Copyright © 2003 by Terri Farley
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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First Chapter

Chapter One

Manes lashing, forelegs reaching, two horses galloped side by side across the high desert of Nevada. The palomino and the bay drank in crisp January air as they strained against their reins. They rejoiced in the dazzling blue and white day just as much as their riders.

Samantha Forster leaned low on Ace's neck. Her eyes squinted almost shut as the bay ran into the wind. If she hadn't pulled her hair into a tight clip under her old brown Stetson, it would be blizzarding around her face. On days like this, when he'd left the warm confinement of the barn behind, Ace's surging eagerness reminded her he was a mustang.

The bay gelding longed to run with a herd, even if it was only a herd of two. A sudden tug at the bit telegraphed along the reins into Sam's hands. Her fingers closed tighter and her deerskin gloves kept the reins from sliding away.

Ace wanted to race. Although Jen's big palomino mare, Silk Stockings, was sixteen hands to his fourteen, Ace always thought he could win. Once in a while he could, when the palomino turned skittish and proved Jen's insight in nicknaming her mare Silly.

Sam turned her head just enough to see Jen.

Jen leaned slightly forward in her saddle. Her white-blond braids streamed behind her, flat on the wind, and morning sunlight glazed the lenses of her glasses. Jen didn't notice Sam's glance. She rode like a female Paul Revere, as if she had a mission and only her palomino mare could take her there.

Jennifer Kenworthy was Sam's best friend and she'd been gone for most of winter vacation. But Jen and her mom had driven in from Utah late the night before.

Even though it had been nearly eleven, long past Sam's nine o'clock limit on phone calls, Jen had braved Dad's anger and called Sam to beg for an early-morning ride. Jen's desperation meant her parents hadn't reached a truce.

Maybe because Dad had just returned from his honeymoon, or because Brynna, his new wife, reminded him it was, after all, vacation, Dad allowed Sam to talk with Jen, and make plans to meet between River Bend and Gold Dust ranches, for a ride.

This morning, Sam had dressed in the dark. She'd pulled on the jeans, red pullover sweater, and boots she'd laid out the night before, then tiptoed downstairs without squeaking a single board.

She even made it out to the barn without Blaze, River Bend Ranch's watchdog, raising a ruckus.

Sam couldn't think of anything better than celebrating Jen's first day back with a run across War Drum Flats.

Sure, they watched for cracks and bare roots, anything that meant disaster if a horse tripped at a full run, but they knew this patch of alkali desert well. It spread before them in all directions, smooth and level as a white tablecloth.

For a few steps, Ace veered east. Sam corrected him, keeping him in step with Silly, but her heart pulled toward the Calico Mountains just as Ace's did.

From the corner of her eye, Sam could just see the mountain range. Glowing in the morning sun, the peaks looked smooth and soft, as if they'd been molded from orange sherbet. But things weren't always what they seemed. The peaks were inaccessible to cars or trucks and only the most determined rider could follow the faint paths etched by deer, antelope, and wild horses.

The Calico Mountains were steep and dangerous and Sam was glad.

She'd seen the Phantom scale that rocky mountain face just a few days ago. He and his new lead mare had been guiding his herd back into their secret valley. They were there now, Sam thought with a sigh, safe for the winter. She had no reason to worry over the great silver stallion.

Everything in her own life was fine, too. Even though she had a brand-new stepmother, Sam trusted Brynna Olson -- now Forster -- to fit into the family.

Tranquility for the mustangs and her family meant Sam could single-mindedly attack her goal for the three days until school recommenced: she'd help Jen.

With a squeal of frustration, Ace surged forward. He wanted to run faster than his short legs would carry him.

Beyond the thunder of running hooves and the wind singing through Ace's mane, Sam heard the slapping of her saddlebags. Each time Ace's hind legs shot behind him, leather creaked. The pouches, buckled to her saddle, hung heavy with schoolwork and a flashlight.

Jen had arrived home just in time. There were three days until the end of vacation. Three days until they had to turn in the first stage of their homework on the ghost town of Nugget.

"No problem," Sam muttered to Ace, "except we haven't seen it yet."

Since she was a little kid, Sam had heard stories about the old mining town of Nugget. At night, little white lights appeared in the old general store, said one tale, and the saloon had a trapdoor that dropped into black nothingness. The ground which the town sat on was supposed to be unstable, because it sat above miles of earth honeycombed with mine shafts. Those were supposed to be filled with poisonous gases and, of course, the entire town of Nugget was rumored to be haunted.

Why hadn't she ever been there? Until ten years ago, the town hadn't even been locked up. Now, while it awaited status as a historic landmark, a padlocked gate blocked the entrance. According to Mrs. Ely, only one team of students would receive a key to that padlock.

Sam felt her own satisfied smile. That key was in her pocket.

Phantom Stallion #8: Golden Ghost. Copyright © by Terri Farley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    Spooky

    Very well written! This book deals with Sam and Jen having to do a history project over vacation on a town known as Nugget. It's told to be haunted, but Sam hopes it's not true. But when she and Jen fear to have spotted a horse that suddenly disappeared, Sam begins to change her beliefs. On they're next visit or so, Jen discovers it to be Golden Rose, a lost Kenworthy palomino. Jen leaves Sam to do most of the history project, making Sam angry, to try and catch the mare so her parents will reunite and stop threatening to move. But when the girls find out Ryan Slocum was feeding and caring for the mare in a pen inside one of the buildings, Sam becomes very mad when Jen doesn't seem upset with him because she has a crush on him. I could feel Sam's anger and the thrills of the story! Read this book and I promise, you won't be sorry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Loved it!!!!!!

    Loved it!!!!!!!! Best series ever!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    By horselover3

    This is awesome and has 139 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Amazing

    Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    G

    *replaces old border marking, with new*
    ~fawnstep

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    This a awesome book!!!

    This is a awesome book! It is my favorite one so far!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Awesome

    I love this book. It was different from the previous books in the series.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Sapphire 9 22 99

    Greatest book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2011

    Horse++fans+read+this%21

    I+love+this+book%2C+Terri++muct+of+had+some+extra+good+horse+sense+to+make+this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Awesome!!

    Although this one was not my favorite it was one of the best. It was fun to read but I did not understand why Sam got mad at ryan. I love this book and highly reccomend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Golden Rose

    Once again Terri Farley has made a grate book. It is wonderful! What I like best is when Sam is doing research on the town, Nugget. For some reason I realy like that sort of stuff. I think at times, Sam actually believed that it realy was a ghost town! I thought it was cool. It was almost a freindship test for Sam and Jen. But I will not give that away. I am not going to ruin it for those who have not read it yet. The reason I did four stars, was because it is not my most favorite one. I like it a lot. I can not rate everything high just because it has horses in it, so, I think four is best. It is very well writen, and the storyline is good enough for anyone. It is a little bit like a mystry. And I like that as well. It is highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    ONE OF THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    This is definetly one of my favorites. I really hope (along woth everyone else) that Jake and Sam get together. It sorta seems like she might like him a tiny bit. But anyways, this is a great book !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    another great book

    This is another great book written by Terri Farley!!!! This is definitley my 2nd favorite so far. Keep up the good work Mrs. Farley!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    AWESOME BOOK!

    Great book! One of the more exciting of the series, But I haven't read Gift Horse so I have a different opinion than other readers who have also read Gift Horse. Every horse lover will enjoy this book along with the entire series. READ AWAY my fellow horse lovers and non horse lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    I absolutly love it!!!!!!!!

    i loved the books theyre the best i cant wait for gift horse. i really hope sam and jake get togeter in this one it would be awsome, i think they would be fun to read about if they were dating and they need to get together. i hope they do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    I love it!

    This one is great, it joins the club with all the other great phantom stallion books, I didn't think it was AS captivating as maybe number 4 or 5 was, but it was still awesome! And it certaintly made me laugh alot more than the other ones, some parts were just hilarious! Great Job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Phantom Stallion(Golden Ghost)

    I gave this book 5 stars because i just can't seem to ever be able to put her books down! Terris the best! i cant wait for the 12th book that has the birth of the Phantoms foal in it!!im only in the middle of Golden Ghost but im already enjoying it beyond belief!If i could pick my favorite series Phantom Stallion would be it!! If you LOVE horses,these are the books for you!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    These books r awesome!!!!!!!!!

    omg i luv the phantom stallion series! jake and sam need 2 get together and jake HAS 2 stop calling sam 'brat'! i cant wait till nine comes out and i want these books 2 keep going! make movies or atleast one big one it would be awesome!!!!!!!! i just got back from WY and when i was riding out there i felt like sam it was awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is Terri trying to kill me from suspense or what????Why hasn't Jake asked Sam out yet?I kinda like Darrel but Jake would propably never talk to Sam again if she went out with Darrel because in book number one he said 'he's not a guy you need to know Sam'.But anyway why can't books get published faster???? Terri Please never Stop writing these books PLEASE!!!!!!!You are truley THE BEST!Please make your books a movie PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!G2G**Breezy**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    I CANT WAIT!!

    I cant wait cuz i love this series!!!

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