Rain Forest Rose (Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island Series #3)

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Darby wants to visit her great-grandmother, a mysterious healer who lives in the middle of the rain forest. But she's afraid of the dark woods—until she sees a beautiful, elusive pink roan mustang roaming the forest.

When Darby finally braves the forest and meets her new neighbors, she uncovers a secret tragedy—one that led to a terrible fight between her two best friends. Can Darby and her great-grandmother mend a broken friendship? Or will ...

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Overview

Darby wants to visit her great-grandmother, a mysterious healer who lives in the middle of the rain forest. But she's afraid of the dark woods—until she sees a beautiful, elusive pink roan mustang roaming the forest.

When Darby finally braves the forest and meets her new neighbors, she uncovers a secret tragedy—one that led to a terrible fight between her two best friends. Can Darby and her great-grandmother mend a broken friendship? Or will the rain forest mustang save the day?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060886165
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island Series , #3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 288,298
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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 #3: Rain Forest Rose


By Terri Farley

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060886165

Chapter One

"Not that it matters, but I've never camped before," Darby Carter told her grandfather, Jonah.

He balanced her backpack behind the saddle cantle, then tightened the knot holding it.

She worried a little bit about her asthma getting out of control, too, but the bulk of the inhaler in her pocket reassured her.

"You want to stay home, say so," Jonah said, but he didn't look at her.

His hands, callused from decades of work with horses, kept double-checking the job Darby had done saddling up. Now, he tested the breast collar Darby had buckled to keep Navigator's saddle from slipping on steep hills.

"No! I'm going!" Darby insisted.

Her grandfather's smile, which barely lifted the corner of his black mustache, told Darby that he knew her fretting was a habit left over from the noisy school halls, blaring freeways, and city craziness of her life before 'Iolani Ranch.

As the morning clouds parted and sunlight warmed her shoulders, Darby added to herself, Before Hawaii.

A low nicker made Darby watch Navigator. The Quarter Horse gelding, dark brown as coffee with rust-colored circles around his eyes, had noticed when she'd glanceddown at her pocket. He flared his nostrils, sniffing to find out if she carried something for him in there.

Darby pretended to ignore Navigator, because Jonah didn't like her babying his horses. He'd told her that on her first day in Hawaii. And even though Navigator had picked her as his rider within minutes of her arrival on the ranch, the big gelding still belonged to Jonah.

"Plan on bringing your horse?" Jonah asked.

"Of course," Darby said, but she was thinking, My horse.

No other words could kindle a glow inside her like those two.

Well, maybe one: Hoku.

Even though she was a mustang from the Nevada rangelands, Darby had named her sorrel filly Hoku, the Hawaiian word for "star." She was named for the white marking on her chest but, Darby thought proudly, her horse was a star in other ways. Since coming to Hawaii, the filly had not only braved a long swim in the sea and survived; she'd also chased off a wild stallion set on kidnapping her for his herd.

That first day, Jonah had also told her that the best way to bond with her mustang filly was to set out into the rain forest—alone.

The thought still gave her chills, but so far, everything Jonah had told her about horses had turned out to be true. This morning she would prove she trusted her grandfather as much as he trusted her.

Jonah had given her a map. He'd ride partway out with her to the forest, and then leave her to go on alone. Astride Navigator and leading Hoku, she'd find the camp marked on the map. It would have a corral for Hoku, a lean-to for Darby to sleep in, and a nearby stream of fresh water. Once she found it, she'd send Navigator home. Then she and Hoku would stay for a week.

We can do it, Darby thought.

"That's good." Jonah faced his own horse now, testing the latigo and buckles on the tack of his gray, Kona.

What's good? Darby wondered. The way her mind had darted around, she'd totally lost track of their conversation.

Jonah looked over Kona's back. Brown skin crinkled at the corners of Jonah's eyes and he tilted his head so that she saw the gray hair at his temples.

At least he didn't look impatient with her, Darby thought, but then she realized her grandfather was gazing past her.

"Here comes the roughrider. Already dropped food out there for you." Jonah gave a wry smile as Cade rode up.

Wearing short leather chaps streaked with green stains, Cade swung in the saddle in time with his horse's high spirits. With his tugged-low hat, rawhide rope, and dark green poncho, Cade looked all business. But not Joker. The black-spattered Appaloosa danced as if he were setting out on an adventure, instead of coming back from one.

"I left your sleeping bag and your food up there," Cade said.

"Good thing he can see in the dark," Jonah told Darby. "Before dawn, that forest is black as the inside of a cow."

"Thanks, Cade," Darby said.

Still in the saddle, Cade shrugged off Jonah's compliment and her thanks.

At fifteen, Cade was only two years older than Darby, but her grandfather's unofficially adopted son was a world of experience ahead of her.

Still, the one thing Darby did best in all the world was learn.

Jonah's eyes flicked toward Hoku's corral. Before he could rush her, Darby sprinted away.

"I'm getting Hoku. Be right back," she shouted over her shoulder.

As she jogged, Darby took deep, testing breaths. Her asthma had improved since she'd come to Hawaii. Oxygen didn't grate through her lungs and she felt no catch in her chest. The remote island of Moku Lio Hihiu had zero air pollution compared to Southern California.

At the sound of Darby's boots, Hoku bolted away from the fence, then stretched her neck high and higher still to see over the top rail.

"Good morning, beauty," Darby called.

The filly stared through the creamy ripples of her forelock. Sunlight turned her brown eyes amber. She looked as wild as the first day Darby had seen her galloping across a snowy plain, drawing away from the helicopter chasing her.

"Hoku," Darby said, smooching, and the filly's wild expression was replaced by impatience.

Hoku arched her golden neck and pawed three rapid strokes.

"Were you afraid I was going to leave you behind when I rode out on Navigator?"

Carefully sliding open the new bolt on Hoku's corral, Darby slipped inside carrying a tangerine-and-white-striped lead rope.

In mock fear, the filly shied away.

Hoku's coat shone with good health. Even though Jonah said it would take a few more months for the filly to recover from her journey from Nevada to Hawaii, Darby couldn't imagine any horse could be more beautiful.



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Excerpted from Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #3: Rain Forest Rose by Terri Farley Copyright © 2007 by Terri Farley. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    Phantom Stallion, Wild Horse Island #3: Rain Forest Rose

    I absolutely ah-dored the first Phantom Stallion series, but I must say that this series is definitely more exciting. It leaves you on the end of your seat (but it's not like the other series didn't). I certainly reccommend this series for big horse lovers like me, they'll find it enthralling and absorbing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Simply the best.

    LOVED IT! my favorite character is Megan. I love how all throughout the story there are unsolved problems, or little things that make the next book more worth reading. Like, in this book Darby decides not to ride Hoku, so you can't wait to read the other books to find out when she DOES ride her. It is great!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    AMAZING!!!

    I loved this book! I have read it 3 times. It really keeps me on the edge of my chair. It is really great! (Don't read it if you haven't read the other books.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Olivia

    Hey its a really good read u should totes read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Amazing book!!!!!!!!!

    So far this is my Favorite book in the Phantom stallion: Wild Horse Island series!!!!!!! I love Terri Farleys Books!!! Can anybody tell me how many books are in this series?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Carter

    "Ur welcome." He grabs her hand and they fly back

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    Posted June 29, 2012

    Waterfire

    Burps

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    Posted May 2, 2012

    Calmstar

    Poujces on a rabbit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Love it

    Holds u in suspense

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Oaktail

    Pads in and sits next to her. "Wow its really pretty here." -Oaktail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Hey

    Is this any goodor no

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    B

    I know! I am the mentor of Songpaw! I cant wait to train!
    ~Fawnstep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Bad

    I think this book is the worst book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Clawder

    Can i joun your clain??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Irispaw

    A small tortoiseshell she-cat pads in bravely, lifting her chin up she says, "I'm Irispaw and I wish to join a clan, I will serve your clan proudly if you let me join." Dipping her head politely, Irispaw waits for an answer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Mousetalon

    I'm Mousetalon of CloudClan. We're at harry potter 1st result if you're looking for a Clan. I'm a gray and white she-cat with pretty amber eyes. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Omg

    These books are bloody awesome!!!!! I have not read the first series but everyone says they are awesome too!!!! Look for my sign off to find other good series. --Rea--

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    SO FAR THE BEST BOOK IN THE WILD HORSE ISLAND SERIES

    this book was absorbing and fun to read,which causes me to say that this was the best book by far in the wild horse island series.i have only read up to this book though,and i am looking forward to reading the remaining 8 books.i enjoyed the fist series PHANTOM STALLION better,but i recommend PHANTOM STALLION:WILD HORSE ISLAND to all horse lovers.so saddle up and get ready to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    MY FAV. SO FAR!

    i loved this one! ive read all the ones that have came out and this is still my fav. omg! i love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    Oh my god this sounds sooooooooo awesome I want it! I can't believe it's almost out! I read the first book and I'm on the second. I loved all her Phantom Stallion books. The covers were awesome.

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