Phantom Stallion #23: Gypsy Gold [NOOK Book]

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Samantha and Jen are out camping when they meet Nicholas, a boy traveling cross–country on a beautiful Gypsy Vanner mare, learning about his gypsy ancestry.

His caravan also includes a young colt. Nicholas says it's a stray, but the colt looks a lot like a missing mustang. When people start getting suspicious, Sam wants to stick up for her new friend. But has she put her faith in an untrustworthy drifter?

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Overview

Samantha and Jen are out camping when they meet Nicholas, a boy traveling cross–country on a beautiful Gypsy Vanner mare, learning about his gypsy ancestry.

His caravan also includes a young colt. Nicholas says it's a stray, but the colt looks a lot like a missing mustang. When people start getting suspicious, Sam wants to stick up for her new friend. But has she put her faith in an untrustworthy drifter?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Samantha and her friend Jen are lying quietly in the meadow when their horses are spooked and run away. The girls quickly clean up their campsite and set off in search of their mounts. As dusk falls, the girls venture off the trail, lured by the faint sounds of music wafting on the breeze. Following the sound, they find their horses, who stand as if mesmerized, watching a strange boy beside a brightly painted cart softly playing his violin. Standing next to the boy is a beautiful pinto horse—with her thick forelock veiling a half dark/half light face, and her mane draping her shoulders, like a swath of night sky that has a beam of white starlight running through it—who looks as if she has just stepped out of a fairytale. The boy, Nicholas, tells the girls that the horse is a Gypsy Vanner mare, and he is traveling across country with her to discover his gypsy roots. Completing the caravan is a young colt who Nicholas says is a stray. Sam and Jen strike up a friendship with Nicholas, and he accompanies them back to Sam's house at River Bend Ranch. Nicholas' gypsy heritage, however, makes some of the lesser informed citizens of the region immediately suspicious of him. They accuse him of stealing the stray colt. Part of the "Phantom Stallion" series, this is not only a nice horse story but one of friendship, prejudice, trust, and dealing with stereotypes. "Phantom Stallion #23."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061890765
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Phantom Stallion Series , #23
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 399,509
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 611 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 #23: Gypsy Gold


By Terri Farley

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006081540X

Chapter One

If there could be such a thing as a second summer, this was it.

Samantha Forster lay on her back in the warm grass and gazed at a cloud Pegasus. Drifts of white made up the mane and tail and gray-edged clumps looked like muscular shoulders. If not for the cloud wings trimmed with sun gold, he'd look like the Phantom.

The mustang stallion could be watching from a nearby ridge or peering through a screen of pinion pines. Sam lay totally still, wishing he'd appear.

Sam's jeans felt hot against her legs. Her head was pillowed on her jacket. Her outspread arms were bare to the green shoots poking up between the brittle autumn grass left uneaten by deer, antelope, or wild horses over the summer.

Why hadn't the cold nighttime temperatures kept the baby grass from pushing up from the warm darkness of the dirt? Why didn't the grass have more sense than to explore where its tender tips would be frozen off any night now?

Sam smiled and closed her eyes. She basked in the sun's warmth and studied the scarlet network of veins crisscrossing the inside of her eyelids. She must be half asleep if she was actually asking herself why grass didn't have the sense to stay underground.

Right now, though, being half asleep was a goodthing. She'd promised her best friend, Jen Kenworthy, that she'd play dead for at least an hour.

The two girls had ridden out from River Bend Ranch on Ace and Silly after school the day before.

Armed with a hand-drawn map from Jen's Advanced Biology teacher, the girls had searched for the turkey vultures' roost yesterday on an offshoot of the trail up to Cowkiller Caldera. At dusk, they'd found a tree filled with the black birds.

"Oh, yeah!" Jen had rejoiced and her excitement had electrified her palomino. She'd had to turn the mare in circles to keep her from bolting. Once her mount had settled, Jen had whispered, "We'll be back in the morning."

Grinning without opening her eyes, Sam recalled that Jen hadn't been talking to her. Only her best friend would make a promise to turkey vultures.

They'd turned their horses around, walked back down the hillside, and pitched camp far enough away that they wouldn't disturb the birds.

Jen had researched turkey vultures and come to the conclusion that they were totally misunderstood. She'd vowed to do firsthand research for her project so that she didn't repeat any other scientists' mistakes. That firsthand research included luring the birds near enough that she could sketch them.

Now Jen and Sam were lying still as corpses, hoping a curious turkey vulture would actually land beside them and hop close enough to satisfy its curiosity.

"They have such good senses of smell, they'll know we're not dead," Jen whispered beside her.

Sam rolled her eyes as far to the left as she could without moving her head. She saw blond braids and a tanned face, but Jen's lips didn't seem to move.

"Won't smell rotten enough," Sam joked.

"Sam," Jen said patiently, "they only eat freshly dead things."

"I didn't know buzzards were so picky," Sam teased.

"There are no buzzards in the United States," Jen hissed. "Now we have to hush. Any minute, they could fly off for South America. This flock is rare. It could be the one that stays in Nevada through October."

Sam pressed her lips together, telling herself this flock of turkey vultures wasn't the only thing that was rare. She'd bet there weren't two other teenagers in the country getting their pre-Halloween thrills by offering themselves as bird bait.

Still, Sam was glad Jen had coaxed her into sharing these peaceful moments.

Sam's life had been hamster-on-a-wheel crazy since she'd moved back to northern Nevada from San Francisco. She never would have thought of soaking up October sunshine in a meadow that would soon be blasted by winter storms.

This was a great escape after almost a month of being grounded.

For four long weeks she'd done what she was told--morning chores, school, afternoon chores, and homework--over and over again. She'd learned her lesson this time. She wouldn't do anything to make Dad, Gram, and Brynna worry. Although sometimes it was impossible to tell what would set them off.

Her only fun during those long weeks had come from perfecting her bareback riding skills on her bay mustang Ace.

Since she wasn't allowed to leave the ranch on horseback, she'd sat on him in the corral, trying to find a perfect balance that didn't involve squeezing her legs and accidentally sending him forward.

One afternoon Dallas, River Bend's foreman, had finally asked, "You gonna roost on that horse all night?"

It had sounded like heaven to Sam. What could be cozier than spending the night on Ace, leaning forward with her arms around his neck and her cheek leaning against his mane?

She and Ace had come a long way together since she'd returned from San Francisco. She'd come home a totally timid rider. If she was a cowgirl now, Ace got most of the credit. He'd tricked and bullied her until she knew that if she didn't take charge, he would.

He'd never be a push-button horse, but she loved him with all her heart. Sam sighed. Jen shushed her again.

Sam raised her eyelashes a tenth of a millimeter and saw three turkey vultures riding the air currents above her.

Cross-shaped black bodies circled, mimicking Sam's own position. Except, in place of arms, they had wide, prehistoric-looking wings. Sam wanted to believe they were just as afraid of her as she was of them, but what if the vultures really mistook her for a dead thing?

It could happen. She remembered a Thanksgiving when she was a little kid, when she'd mistaken a plastic grape for the real thing.

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Excerpted from Phantom Stallion #23: Gypsy Gold by Terri Farley Copyright © 2006 by Terri Farley. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    Phantom Fan

    Gypsy Gold... I can honestly say I definately enjoyed the book. I love Terri Farley's writing style. This book was great, and anyone who is a horse lover or is a Phantom Stallion fan should definately read this book. However, I would expect more characters from the last book, Wild Honey to be in this one. (For example, Darrell, Preston, Mrs. Allen, ect.) But I wouldnt say that without those characters, the book is dissapointing! I am so excited for the 24th book to come out! I hope anyone who reads my review will read the book, too! :D

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Awsomr

    Must read

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    a must read

    Anyone who loves horses,
    It's a must read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    omg

    this book was great!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Great book

    i just want to ask how do you know its the second to the last book? and i cant wait to read the next book i hope the baby is a girl!! and i hope sam and jake relize that they are meant for each other !!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    Another WINNER!!!

    Teri has another winner here. A great tale of friendship, trust and dealing with stereotypes. This is a great series for all ages. I have read all the book and cannot wait for Run Away Home in Novermber.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    H

    Ok, I wannt to see yalls hunters crouch, this is hoe you do one *drops into perfect hunters crouch* now yall try!
    ~Fawnstep

    Emberstar, go to our meeting place and look at last result! Plz its important! Read asap!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Runningkit

    Runningkit yawned and stretched and meowed "Mommy I had a weird dream,"

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Looks good

    The horse on a cover is a Gypsy Vanner. Its not Clysdale or Shire, its completley different breed. It looks really good. I'm so sad though,its the second to last book of the seris:(

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    A great Book

    I loved this book. It was one of the best so far. The end of the book left me at the edge of my seat. I also can't wait for the next book and i want to find out why nicholas left with the mustang.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Fallowpaw

    "MURDER!" she screeches. "THE MEDICINE CAT IS KILLING BRAVEHEART!!!!!"

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Skystep

    Which book?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    By bree

    I really want to read it!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Ah-mazing!

    i cant wait for this book, seriously i cant believe it's comming to an end already thought! i bet in this book there' sgoing to be a gypsy staying somewhere, because the wagon inthe background indicates something like that. the cover is amazing!!! like isaid, i cant wait for the book to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    Wow!

    I think this book is going to be great! I love the phantom stallion books, and I`m sure this is going to be one of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Beautiful!

    I think this book is going to be about a horse that is a runaway, and gets taken. But Clydesdales like that, with that type of black and white color pattern, are usually called 'Gypsy Horses.' I think that it means that this certain gypsy horse is a priceless friend that can't be replaced!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    Beautiful!!!

    The cover is beautiful!! I was swept by it since it was so pretty. It looks like its real!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Whoa!

    This book cover is both intriguing and beautiful. It's amazing in fact! I can't wait until it's published! (But what could the title mean by 'gypsy gold' and ¿Real treasure is never last¿? I can see something in the background so obviously . . .) Well, surely something to wait for! (And to dread. It¿s the second to last book!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

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