Phantom Stallion #12: Rain Dance [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Phantom Stallion's new foal is ready to be born, and River Bend Ranch's own Dark Sunshine is the mother. Samantha couldn't be more excited, and she's sure she can handle the new baby while everyone is gone on the annual cattle drive.

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Overview

The Phantom Stallion's new foal is ready to be born, and River Bend Ranch's own Dark Sunshine is the mother. Samantha couldn't be more excited, and she's sure she can handle the new baby while everyone is gone on the annual cattle drive.

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Editorial Reviews

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One of Samantha's favorite mares, Dark Sunshine, is almost ready to give birth to her foal, whose father is none other than the mysterious wild Phantom Stallion. While the rest of the ranch hands from River Bend Ranch head off to the annual cattle drive, Samantha stays behind to care for the temperamental mother and help with the birth of her filly. When the Phantom starts showing up at the ranch, though, Sam isn't sure how to protect the filly while still maintaining the wild stallion's trust. This series installment assumes that readers will already be familiar with the numerous characters—both human and equine—that populate the text. Only real horse enthusiasts, or those who have already been hooked on Samantha's ongoing adventures, are likely to appreciate this rather generic series addition. The on-again off-again relationship between Samantha and Jake, though, will keep die-hard series fans going strong. This is the twelfth book in the "Phantom Stallion" series. 2004, Avon, Ages 8 to 12.
—Norah Piehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061888762
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Phantom Stallion Series, #12
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 338,439
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 853 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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First Chapter

Phantom Stallion #12: Rain Dance

Chapter One

"Happy birthday to me," Samantha Forster sang as she swept the last bit of straw from the big box stall. "Happy birthday to me...."

She set the broom aside with a sigh and picked up the tool Dad had designated a floor scraper.

Summer vacation had started yesterday, today was her birthday, and what was she doing? Working harder than she would have been at school, that was for sure. Even in P.E. she didn't sweat like this.

Not that she felt sorry for herself.

Gram was in the kitchen preparing tonight's birthday dinner, to which Jake and Jen, her best friends, were invited. There would definitely be pres-ents and curiosity was fizzing inside her.

No, she didn't feel sorry for herself, just sort of disgruntled. And it was all her stepmother's fault. Brynna was to blame.

Sam wiped her brow with the back of her wrist. The stall looked cleaner than it ever had, but for Dark Sunshine to foal here, it must be spotless. Sam kneeled and kept working. She'd do anything for the horses of River Bend Ranch.

Or any horses, she thought, as she chipped at a stubborn clump of dirt. But she was giving this chore special care because this stall would be the birthplace of the Phantom's foal.

Luckily, Dad and Dallas, the ranch foreman, had done the hard part by adding wooden partitions to her calf Buddy's open stall to create a place perfect for foaling.

It had only been empty for a few days. After she'd turned Buddy free to live with the other cattle, a sweet yellow calf she'd named Daisy had lived in the stall.

But then Daisy had gotten a new mother.

In late spring, new colts and calves were all over the range, but one young cow wearing a River Bend brand had given birth to a stillborn calf. Seeing this, Dad had galloped back to the ranch, gathered up Daisy, and taken her to the confused cow, who'd adopted Daisy at once.

It was the happiest possible ending, Sam told herself.

She would have been satisfied and happy if Brynna hadn't been forcing her to make an impossible decision.

She could either go on the annual spring cattle drive—where she'd ride all day, eat wonderful chuck wagon meals, listen to stories around the campfire, and sleep under the stars—or stay home and keep Dark Sunshine company as she gave birth.

A clamor of neighs came from outside, underlining the fact that everyone was going on the cattle drive first thing the next morning. Dad and the cowboys were loading horses, getting ready to truck them out onto the range. She'd already hugged Ace, her frisky bay gelding, good-bye. He was a top cow horse and he'd go on the drive without her if she decided to stay with Dark Sunshine.

Sam stood and wiped her palms on her jeans. The stall floor looked cleaner than her bedroom carpet. The chore hadn't taken that long. She had time to exercise Dark Sunshine before the day got any hotter.

Sam ducked into the tack room and grabbed Sunny's green nylon halter. As she came out, she heard footsteps approaching. They must be Gram's, since Brynna was at work at Willow Springs Wild Horse Center and the sound of tires clunking over the bridge said Dad and the cowboys had left with most of the horses.

Sam waited, eager to take credit for her hard work.

"My, my," Gram said, hands on the hips of her denim skirt as she stood silhouetted in the barn door. "Never thought I'd see the day Wyatt would go to such trouble for a mustang."

Sam loved wild horses, so Gram's words grated, but they were true.

Above all, Dad was a cattleman. He resented anything that threatened or competed with his red and white Hereford cattle. That included wild horses, which sometimes grazed on the same grass the cows needed to eat.

Dad admitted wild horses could be smart and beautiful, even useful once they'd been trained to saddle. But cattle earned the money to keep River Bend Ranch running. They came first.

"And it's nice and clean, isn't it?" Sam nudged her Gram for a compliment.

"Sure is," Gram said as she touched the barn wall, noticing Dad had filled the gaps between boards, so there wouldn't be breezes to chill the new foal. "Look at that overhead lighting. We'll be able to watch the mare every minute." Gram glanced up at the fluorescent lights among the rafters. "And Brynna's supposed to bring a load of wheat straw for bedding tonight, isn't she?"

Sam admitted she was. The best thing about her stepmother was that she loved wild horses, too.

"All for a mustang." Gram shook her head in amazement.

Sam didn't say it, but she was pretty sure Dad had done all this work for her, too.

Hoping it was a sign of good things to come, she crossed her fingers, then her thumbs. Though Dad hadn't promised, she thought he'd let her keep this foal to replace Blackie, the colt who'd run away to become the Phantom.

But what if Dad had done all this work for Brynna?

"What is causing that frown?" Gram asked, rubbing a finger between Sam's eyebrows.

Sam couldn't help smiling. Gram had the magic touch. Not only that, her hand smelled like pie dough. Instead of a birthday cake, Sam had asked for a strawberry pie and Gram had made it with the tiny red garden berries she'd been guarding from the robins.

"I'd think you'd be a pretty happy girl today," Gram said, not quite scolding.

"I am," Sam said, but when Gram raised her eyebrows, she added, "Gram, I don't know why Brynna can't just go along with my plan."

"Well, honey," Gram began, trying to hide her smile, "I imagine she doesn't want to. It's always surprising, isn't it, when people turn out to have minds of their own?"

Phantom Stallion #12: Rain Dance. 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 January 26, 2008

    A reviewer

    I Love this book and all the Phantom Stallion books so far!!! I'm almost finished this book and I'm soon moving on to HEARTBREAK BRONCO!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2011

    recommended

    Rain Dance was published July 2004 by Terri Farley. The storyline of this novel is between a girl, Sam and a wild mustang the Phantom Stallion, they have a friendship that is forbidden and they share secrets that know one knows. Sam lives in a ranch in Nevada and has a couple of horse's one horse she has is pregnant with the phantoms foal. During the book Sam has to make choices of friendship and foes. She has to keep the foal safe from the dangers the phantom stallion threats. The age level on this book is twelve and up.
    This book affected me by putting me in Sam's shoes and trying to think of what I would have done differently. This book shows you how to act on your feet quickly and how to make life or death situations for other even if that means to lose a friend. I would recommend this to other because everyone should learn how to make the right choices for the best even If you would not want part of the outcome.
    During this book you see Sam grow with the choices she makes and the challenges she faces. She is a very likable person and anyone who reads this book will soon understand her and become closer to her. She has a great attitude that is a good example for young girls. She always has a smile on her face even when times seem impossible and scary. Overall Sam is very well rounded and how wouldn't want to be a little more like Sam.
    Everyone who is interested in horses should read this book. It makes you feel that you are really there at Sam's ranch on Nevada. This book was realistic with horses showing that Farley has knowledge on horses. Rain Dance will make you want to keep on reading and you wont be able to put it down once you pick it up, you will want to know if Sam can make is through her struggles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Amazing

    Must read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    B

    Ok, I am oing to train with songpaaw as soon as she gets home!
    ~Amberclaw

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Fallowkit

    Silverspirit?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    THE PHANTOM STALLION IS THE BEST!!!!!!

    I thoght this book was great because I love the mustangs. Also reading about Dark Sunshine's foll it put pictures in my head of a littli black foll being born.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    kait, cowgirl and 100% horse lover

    i think that this book was awesome! i thought that dark sunshine's foal's name was cute! the cover picture is great and the foal in it looks so spirited! i would totally recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    StormHeart

    Name: Look up at the title, Moons: 15, Pelt: Handsome Dark stormy grey tlm with black paws that goes up half way then fades, also black ears and Tail tip, Eye color: percing Royal blue eyes, Gender: Tom, Personality: kind, caring, warm hearted and has some personalitys of Firestar, Skills: Surperior at Hunting and Fighting, (not blood thirsty), Crush: Just got here, Mate: No, Kits: last time i checked that i cant have kits and i have no mate, Rank: Warrior?, Mother/Father/Siblings: Dead/Unknown/Unknown, Sig: []Storm[], Rper: Storm, History: Dont have one, Others: ask i dont bite im open!!!, oh and Dislikes: dramma, And evil and godmoddding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Awesome

    The Phantom Stallion books are the best Heart Break Bronco is BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Gecko

    Gecko~Paces. ((Won't be on for a while, will respond later.))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Love it!

    We are glad you like our searies".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    I LOVE PHANTOM STALLION! IT'S THE BEST!!

    This book is awesome!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!

    I loved this one!!! It was my favorite. The foal is so cute when it's born & the name is very fitting! Can't tell you what it is, sorry. :) This one was def. the best!! So what are you waiting for? Go get it TODAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    Amazing!!!!!

    This is my favorite Phantom Stallion book so far! It has an interesting plot and is much, much, MUCH better than Untamed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Great!

    Unlike the last book, Untamed, I loved this one. It had a great plot and I loved the idea of the new baby, Tempest, being born. At the end, before I read the following books, I was mad (not angry mad, just like 'hey'!) because I wanted to know Tempest's secret name! Anyway, I like it better than Untamed. Great book ma'am!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Phantom Stallion Rocks!

    I started reading this series and I love it. I like the humor with Jake and Sam. Rain Dance is slightly better cause Jake is not so scared about Sam's safety. When I read this series it brings out a different thing with books. It almost puts you in the story like you are there with Jake and Sam and Dark Sunshine,Phantom,Tempest and the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Love the series!!!!

    I just finished this book and can't wait to buy the others. I love to read about the horses in the book,but I also love to read about Sam and Jake. I mean, in this book, Jake was always there when Sam needed him, and also when Sam least expected him. I wonder what's going to happen in the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    Phantom Stallion crowd pleaser!

    I really liked this book. the birth of the Phantom's foal, I mean who would want to miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2005

    Tempest

    The book starts out on Sams birthday, and is that a good start or what?! Even though Sam missed the Cattle drive, it was cool enough for me to read about Dark Sunshine and Tempest, the new baby. To think, she looks exactly like her father the phantom when he was a colt. It is a well written book. one of my favorite! One thing to everyone: Sam is only fourteen, and she is not thinking at all about dating, so I think we should all let Sam and Jake do whatever they want. I don't think anyone in her family would approve just yet anyway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    Phantom Stallion: Rain Dance (Phantom Stallion Series #12)

    Book #12 of the Phantom Stallion series has been (in my opinion) one of the best Phantom Stallion books. I really enjoyed how it was mainly about Sam, Dark Sunshine, and the foal named Tempest. I've read nearly every Phantom Stallion book except for #13 (Heartbreak Bronco) and #14 (Moonrise) and this is my second favorite. Great job Mrs. Farley!

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