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Mustang Moon (Phantom Stallion Series #2)
     

Mustang Moon (Phantom Stallion Series #2)

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by Terri Farley
 

When 13-year-old Samantha returns home to her family's cattle ranch in Nevada, she's worried. She moved away two years ago to recover from a bad fall off her beloved mustang, Blackie, and she's still not sure she can get back in the saddle. Her new colt doesn't seem to like her, and the other ranchers treat her like the boss's spoiled

Overview

When 13-year-old Samantha returns home to her family's cattle ranch in Nevada, she's worried. She moved away two years ago to recover from a bad fall off her beloved mustang, Blackie, and she's still not sure she can get back in the saddle. Her new colt doesn't seem to like her, and the other ranchers treat her like the boss's spoiled daughter, and Blackie has been missing since that fateful day.

But that's just the beginning. When Sam suddenly finds the fate of a mysterious mustang who may or may not be the missing Blackie resting in her hands, she has to learn to be a real cowgirl, ready or not. The classic theme of a girl and her horse is set against a backdrop of mustangs, tumbleweeds, and a West that's still Wild.

Phantom Stallion #2: Mustang Moon

A rogue mustang is stealing mares, but the Phantom is taking the blame. It's up to Sam to defend his innocence and his life.

Ages 10+

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064410861
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/23/2002
Series:
Phantom Stallion Series , #2
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
233,871
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Chapter One

A crescent moon, thin and silver as the edge of a dime, shone on the lone stallion. With nervous steps, he crossed the river, then picked his way up the bank to the dark and silent River Bend Ranch.

It was midnight. No dogs barked. No coyotes howled, and no night birds called an alarm. The high Nevada desert had lost its daytime heat and every creature slept. Except Samantha Forster.

For weeks, Sam had waited through the night, hoping the silver mustang who'd once been hers would return.

Tonight, after she'd fallen asleep, questioning nickers from the saddle horses had wakened her. Sam had run on tiptoe downstairs to the kitchen. She didn't dare turn on a light or fling open the door to the ranch yard.

Wild as any deer or wolf, the Phantom had good reasons to flee from humans. Just weeks ago, he'd been roped and confined in a corral. Since the night she'd helped to free him, the Phantom hadn't been back.

Standing at the kitchen window, Sam could only watch. What she saw confused her.

The stallion stalking toward the ranch wasn't silver. He wasn't galloping with liquid grace. He wasn't the Phantom and he wasn't supposed to be here.

Fighting to see through the darkness, Sam opened her eyes so wide they burned. She pressed so close her nose touched the windowpane.

Her breath fogged the glass as she whispered, "Who are you?"

As if he'd heard, the horse stopped. His tail switched over thick haunches. He shook his shaggy mane before lifting a head that seemed too big for his sturdy neck. He studied the round pen in front of him and the white house with green shutters on his right. His ears aimeddown the gravel road, toward the barn and small pen where a white-faced Hereford calf stared back.

The stallion turned toward the big pasture and paraded along the fence. A dozen tame horses edged closer, heads bobbing as they watched. Sam couldn't hear their snorts and nickers, but she knew the horses were talking.

Frustrated, Sam brushed overgrown bangs back from her eyes. No, the stallion didn't look like the Phantom, but what were the chances another wild horse would just trot across the river and down the Forsters' driveway?

Zero, that's what.

The Phantom had been born on River Bend Ranch. Sam had hand-raised him from a wobbly-legged foal to a swift two-year-old. Only a terrible accident had parted them. But the Phantom had remembered her and he'd come back.

This horse didn't move like the Phantom, but Sam needed a closer look. She turned the knob, opened the door a few inches, sucked in her stomach and almost slipped through.

When her nightgown snagged on the wooden doorframe, Sam gave it a tug. It came loose with a soft rip.

The heavy-headed stallion wheeled just long enough to see who'd launched this ambush. He wasn't white, but a sifting of pale hair flickered in the weak moonlight as the stallion headed toward the river. The tame horses neighed in excitement as the wild one galloped along the fence.

When the horse abandoned his noiseless moves, Sam blinked. It wasn't his suddenly thunderous running that surprised her. It was his sudden stop.

The stallion glared over his shoulder directly at Sam. Then he struck the fence with a deliberate kick. Amazed, Sam wondered how the collision of hooves on wood could sound just like a dare.

"'Catch me if you can.' That's what he seemed to say." Sam waited for her friend Jake Ely to laugh out loud.

Being Jake, he didn't laugh.

He smacked his dusty Stetson against his jeans and leaned against the rails of the round pen. With glossy black hair tied back from browned cheekbones, Jake looked a lot like his Shoshone father. He did, at least, until he squinted against the sun and gave Sam the world's smallest smile. Then, Jake looked like a lazy tomcat.

"Now you've got two horses talkin' to you, huh, Brat?"

Jake was sixteen, just over two years older. He and Sam had been friendly enemies forever. During summer and after school, Jake worked on River Bend Ranch as a cowboy, but he'd never stopped teasing her like a big brother.

"Three," Sam said, jerking her thumb toward the big pasture. "You forgot Ace."

Hearing his name, the bay mustang with the perfect Arab-shaped face, trotted toward the fence of the ten-acre pasture. He tossed his head, his black forelock flipping to show his white star, as he came toward Sam. He didn't get very far.

Strawberry, a big roan mare, darted forward, ears flattened. Ace stopped.

The gelding lowered his head and backed a few steps, but not before Banjo, Dad's bald-faced bay, joined in. He flashed Ace a devilish look and launched a quick kick.

"Knock it off!" Sam jogged toward the fence, waving her hands.

Banjo's kick didn't connect. He and Strawberry didn't let Sam's shout hurt their feelings either. Both swished their tails and moved further into the pasture.

"Ace, come here, boy." Sam extended her hand over the fence, but Ace stayed back. He looked so forlorn, Sam took his loneliness to heart.

"I wish Ace could tell us why the other horses pick on him," Sam told Jake. "They're just evil."

"They're not evil." Jake gave her shoulder a shake. "Animals have a pecking order. Somebody's the boss and somebody's at the bottom. With these guys" -- Jake nodded toward the horses -- "Ace is the outsider."

Sam watched Jake. The youngest of six brothers, he'd inherited all the most boring chores at home on the Three Ponies Ranch. When he'd started working at River Bend, Dad had quickly recognized Jake's intuitive handling of horses.

Sam sighed. It had been Jake who'd taught her Native American taming techniques to gentle her own colt.

"Ace looks like he might have lost a little flesh," Jake said. "Beyond the normal cuts and kicks, he's showing ribs. That means they're not letting him eat. I think we'd better talk to your dad."

"Don't have to." Dad's voice came from behind them. "I've been watching Ace myself."

Sam could've sworn Dad had already ridden out for the day. As he moved between her and Jake, Dad's shirt smelled of wind and summer sagebrush, so he must have just returned. Dad worked hard for the bare living the ranch brought in.

Wyatt Forster shifted his weight on one leg, moving with a stiffness that had nothing to do with his boots. Tall, with a face tanned the color of saddle leather, he looked like what he was-- a man who'd been a cowboy all his life. As usual, Dad's jaw was set in a stubborn expression Sam had no problem recognizing.

Gram always told Sam that she looked like Mom had, when she'd been a teenager. But Sam knew different. She might share Mom's auburn hair, brown eyes, and way with animals, but each time Sam looked in the mirror, especially when she was mad, Dad's hard-set expression stared back at her.

"We'll move Ace into the barn pen and try Buddy in here," Dad said.

Sam pictured her orphan calf, Buddy, out with the horses. Buddy wasn't much taller than a big dog. For short distances, though, she might be the speediest animal on River Bend Ranch.

Buddy would be fine, but Ace would be lonely.

"We'll put another horse with him, of course." Jake glanced toward Sam.

"Of course," Sam echoed, and she felt her shoulders loosen in relief.

Though she'd been born on the ranch, Sam had just returned home a couple of months ago. After a serious accident, she'd had to spend two years in San Francisco with her aunt. When Jake clued her in about details like this, she was usually grateful.

"He's your horse, Sam," Dad said. "Who does he get along with?"

She held out her hand and wiggled her fingers. Before Dad had given Ace to her at the beginning of summer, the gelding had never been babied. Now he understood an open hand could mean affection as well as food. Even though he could see her empty palm, Ace sidled along the fence toward her.

"C'mon, boy," Sam crooned.

She ignored Jake's groan. He thought she pampered Ace too much. But Ace was a mustang, used to the security of a herd, even if the only other member of that herd was Sam.

Sam considered the horses in the pasture.

Although cattle paid the bills, horses were the pride of River Bend Ranch. In this pasture alone, there were three purebred Quarter horses, a lean buckskin with Thoroughbred blood, a number of mixed breed cow ponies and some young stock Jake and Dad were schooling for resale. And Ace.

Ace didn't want to be a loner, but which horse wouldn't bully him in the small pen?

While Sam tried to decide, the screen door slammed.

"Oh shoot," Sam muttered.

Gram walked toward her, jingling the keys for her huge boat of a car. In khaki pants and a pink polo shirt, with her gray hair coiled into a knot, Gram looked downright stylish. And ready to go.

Phantom Stallion 2: Mustang Moon. Copyright © by Terri Farley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the first book was really good but this one was better. I liked how Sam started to fit in more on the ranch. It started to bother me a little how she kept worrying about impressing people and made so many stupid mistakes!! In this book Sam is just starting to attend her new high school. She has some troubles with Slocum's mean, rich, snobby daughter. I hate her!! Sam also starts making new friends though. Tame mares start disappearing from different ranches and Slocum starts accusing The Phantom of the crime. Sam knows that it's a different stallion, but she has to prove it before anything bad happens to the Phantom. Money is becoming a problem at the ranch, and Sam's dad seems pretty stressed through most of the book. SamThere isn't much of a change in the relationship between Sam and Jake from the first book. I really think that something should start happening between them! I agree with some people, that the main focus of these books is wild horses. But I also think it would make the books a lot more exciting! really like how Brynna Olsen was brought more into this book and showed a bit of a more friendly side, as opposed to her normal professional attitude. All in all, I still highly recommened this series, and can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everybody should read this book. It is so good!! I love how Sam thinks the Phantom is Blackie (her long lost colt)!! And that Blackie's nick name is Zanzibar, I also think that the Phanton is Blackie. I think that Brynna and Wyatt are going to get married. I am not so sure that Jake and Sam are going to start dating or not, but hope they do. I have a reconmendation. If you do not have the Golden Filly Series you should defenitly get it. It is about horse racing! Tricia Evanston has a horse named Spitfire. In the begining of the book Tricia's father finds out that he has cancer. Tricia and her colt Spitfire go and race in the triple crown. I will leave you to go and buy it yourself and find out the rest. Just type in Golden filly Series and it should come up. It is a cChristian book series, but buy it and find out God loves You. Get a Bible and check up John 3:16! I am a child of God, you should be one to!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam is a 13 year old girl who returns home after a bad fall off of her horse blackie to find that "blackie" is grown up and wild, and is as white as snow. The books tell of Sams adventures with the stallion and his herd. Sam trys to keep her horse safe from cougers, horseruslers, and many other things along with her family and friends. These books will take you to a new world of horses and ranching. Terri Farley does an amazing job writing these books. So if your looking for a light read but backed with adventure and horses then the wait is over pick up Phantom Stallion by Terri Farley and start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so u know the tab u click to get into the reviews section? Look to the right of that and u will c "related titles". Tap that and it will show u three books. Choose the book in the center.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when you first get in to this book its not very exciting but after the first few chapters its really fun. if you love horses you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join your clan im gloy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The She sllibked in her eyes bright and curious. She was just about Apprentice age but had her warrior name already... wondered how vthat happened
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only resd book one but i know that the series is just as goodc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love horses! I love phantom stallion. One of the best series ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing lots of nerveracking parts! I got so into it it only took me and our to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is THE BEST BOOK EVER!!! I LOVE THE PHANTOM ,really like he was my own child I AM DEAD SERIOUS!!! P.S appy stands for apple-ousa the next book is way better but it will not make any cents the next book is dark sun shine i can not find book 4 if u see it PLEASE SAY WERE I LOVE THIS BOOK
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Thins is the 2 phantom book i've read and i am looking forwerd to the next. This book is about sam and wen she goes back to school and Rachel is there ( thats lincs bratty daughter.) And she makes a new friend. Then wen a mysterious horse is stilling mares and lincs brand new blue blood appalloisa linc thinks its the phantim and gets posters to try to get people to capture him. But sam is determind to find out who is really doing this. And she knows its not the phantom.
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John Plunkett More than 1 year ago
I read the first one and was wonderful, i hope this one the same
Pam Demeulenaere More than 1 year ago
This book was really good! I was suprised though that it was not as good as the first one (which inspired me to read all the books). But I still plan to read every other Phantom Stallion book. Oh! If you rated any Phantom Stallion books under four stars, I can not imagine why.. it's probably because you have no taste in books or you have a thing for nonfiction, historical.... However, I love these books and always will
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