Run Away Home (Phantom Stallion Series #24)
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Run Away Home (Phantom Stallion Series #24)

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by Terri Farley

Samantha can't wait for the holiday break from school. But there's no time to relax: Brynna's baby is due any day; the local authorities are gathering more mustangs from the range; and her best friend Jen's ranch is in upheaval–its owner, Linc Slocum, has just been arrested, and no one is sure what will happen to Jen and her family.

But then, disaster


Samantha can't wait for the holiday break from school. But there's no time to relax: Brynna's baby is due any day; the local authorities are gathering more mustangs from the range; and her best friend Jen's ranch is in upheaval–its owner, Linc Slocum, has just been arrested, and no one is sure what will happen to Jen and her family.

But then, disaster strikes: A terrible blizzard traps the Phantom Stallion's band. Sam has to help them, but she's terrified they'll be captured. Can she save her beloved mustangs and keep them free–for good?

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Children's Literature - Gail Krause
It's bad enough that Samantha worries about her stepmother's delivery date, but now there's a chance that Phantom and his band of wild horses will be rounded up for market by Nelson White, the man who replaced Brynna, Sam's stepmother, at the Land Management Bureau. He's so ambitious he uses a helicopter to scout and drive the horses. Jake Ely, Sam's best friend, and the most important thing in her life next to her beloved horses, is acting strange because his older brother, Kit, has returned from the rodeo circuit with a broken arm and a secret. In addition, Jen, her best friend, might be moving because the owner of the ranch where she lives, Linc Slocum, was arrested. And that's not all: a winter blizzard is headed for the secret valley where Phantom leads his wild horses. Sam and a new friend, Darby, are trapped in a school bus that hits one of the wild horses. Sam tries to find a runaway horse who leads her to Phantom. She becomes trapped in a tunnel blocked by snow and escapes in time to say goodbye to Phantom. That same blizzard ultimately finds her stranded alone with Brynna as she goes into labor. Jake and his mother come to her aid and help, and her baby brother Cody is born. The tension between Jake and Sam is relieved when Kit leaves for Hawaii to help a friend set up a ranch there, and Sam's life is filled with love and memories, especially of Zanzibar, the phantom stallion. Darby Carter becomes the next heroine in a new series of "Horse" books titled Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Phantom Stallion Series , #24
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Phantom Stallion #24: Run Away Home

By Terri Farley

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060815417

Chapter One

Cold desert winds spun snow dust off the ground and into a white whirlwind that surrounded Samantha Forster and the bay mustang she rode. She pulled her fleece-lined coat up to her chin. The huge stone barn at Three Ponies Ranch had just come into view, and she aimed her horse for it.

Sam glanced at her watch. She wasn't late, but she hadn't passed any of the Ely brothers hurrying off to work. She didn't hear doors slamming, buckets clanking, or truck engines warming up in the thirty-degree morning. The ranch ahead lay oddly silent.

Sam hurried Ace out of his walk and into a jog as they passed Three Ponies' front pasture. For a second, the bay threw his head high and she heard him suck in the scent of frosty sagebrush. Then, the second stirring of her legs, or the December wind whooshing his tail forward to tickle his flanks, made Ace dance.

Hooves churning, the bay insisted he should break into a lope.

"Save it," Sam told her horse.

And when a stocky chocolate-colored gelding galloped toward them, then raced along his pasture fence and she still didn't let Ace break out of a jog, her bay mustang gave a little buck just to show Sam who was boss.

"Not you," she corrected him, but she settled more firmly into her saddle, just in case.

They were in the Elys' ranch yard now, and thoughSam considered herself a good sport, there was no way she wanted to start the morning with a surprise rodeo performance for the Ely brothers and their parents.

"Awful quiet," Sam said to Ace as they passed five white hens digging in their toenails for better traction as they raced for their coop.

The flock was the only sign of life, though her friend Jake should have had his mare Witch loaded in a horse trailer, ready to go. Sam had expected Jake to be leaning against the trailer, arms crossed with his Stetson tipped over his eyes, waiting impatiently for her to get here.

Scanning the ranch yard once more, Sam spotted Gal, the Elys' German shepherd, digging at the bottom of the barn door.

Of course, Sam thought, smiling. Jake must be inside. She'd bet he hadn't been able to resist a few more minutes of play with Singer, his coydog pup. She didn't blame him. After all, Singer was the reason Sam had ridden over to Three Ponies Ranch instead of waiting for Jake to pick her up on his way to Willow Springs Wild Horse Center.

Sam heard the empty porch swing creak as the wind pushed it to the limit of its chains. And then a door slammed. Twisting in her saddle, Sam saw she was wrong about Jake. He wasn't in the barn, because here he came.

Wide-shouldered and purposeful, Jake strode toward her.

Sensing her distraction, Ace snorted, turned to face Jake, and Sam let him. Her mouth had already opened on a greeting when Jake jerked his black Stetson toward the hitching rack in a wordless sign that she should tie Ace and dismount.

From someone else, the gesture might have been rude, but not from Jake. Western movie characters who were "strong, silent types" could easily have been based on cowboys like him.

As Sam slung Ace's reins over the hitching rail, Jake came to stand beside her.

"Good morning," she said. "It's almost Christmas."

Sam knew she could wait all day for Jake to join her excitement. After all, she hadn't asked him a question, had she?

Sam bent, loosened Ace's cinch, and heard her horse groan with relief. Just when she was thinking her horse was a better communicator than Jake, he spoke up.

"You're just in time to welcome back everybody's hero."

Sam straightened to face Jake.

"Huh?" she asked, rubbing her chilled hands together.

"Kit's coming home today," he said.

"Kit?" Sam gasped. "Really?"

Kit was the oldest of the six Ely brothers, the one she barely remembered. He'd left to follow the rodeo circuit just after graduating from high school. Though he rarely came home, most folks in the area followed Kit's career.

Last summer, it had been big news when Bryan Ely had mentioned Kit's purchase of a new red truck with his rodeo winnings. Before that, Clara had taped a clipping from "Rodeo Today" to her coffee shop cash register because it showed Kit Ely riding a blue roan bucking horse named No-No Nitro.

If the rumors Sam had heard were true, Kit was headed for the national finals in bronc riding.

Jake was right. Kit was definitely a local hero.

"Wow, you mean he's home for Christmas?" Sam asked.

"He will be," Jake said. "He called at about midnight. Don't know if Mom even slept. She was up before daylight makin' cinnamon rolls. Adam called in and took the day off from his kayak guide job in Reno. Bryan and Quinn are waitin' to go out and evict that deer herd from the timothy hay field." Jake shook his head over his brothers. "Dad's goin' in late to work and even Nate stayed home, and he's got some big paper due that he was gonna go in and research at the library."

As Jake glanced back at the river rock ranch house, Sam figured six of the eight members of the Ely family were probably sitting around the kitchen table, out of the icy winds.

"You want to go back in?" Sam asked, in case Jake had left the rest of his family to come meet her.

"No, but Mom said she'd wring my neck if I leave before Kit gets here. So, you might as well give Singer some time while I work the kinks out of Witch. You mind?"

"Of course not," Sam said.

She looked after Jake as he went to catch his mare, Witch. Maybe it was just the squabble with his mother that was keeping Jake outside, but Sam didn't think so. And there was something else she wanted to ask him.


Excerpted from Phantom Stallion #24: Run Away Home by Terri Farley Copyright © 2007 by Terri Farley. Excerpted by permission.
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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard Terri farley ( the authur ) is going to wright a new book called Phantom Stallion The Protector...... how cool is that!! I am so excited I can't wait for it to come out!!!!!!!!! 5 stars to terri farley and Sam and Jake and The Phantom and Ace and every one else in the books....this is G. H. See ya!!! Phantom Stallion rocks..... horses rock and Terri Farley rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
clh09 More than 1 year ago
i know it's been around five years since terri farley wrote this book but it was amazing. with all respect terri farley left me and probally a million other people hanging on a cliff with suspence whats gonna happen with sam and jake? does the phantom stallion's band ever get out of the secret valley? what happens between jen and ryan? does linc slocum ever get out of jail? does he try to come back and take controle of his ranch? does he go after sam or the phantom? she has left probally all her readers with a lot of questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 books are not enough for a series! IT CAN'T END !!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have probley the biggest crush on Jake so yes i would like to have seen a little more action with Sam and Jake. Hopfully Terri will come out with a prqual (sp) so it will tell us what the heck is going on. i read this book in one night and at the end i started sobbing and could not stop for an hour! this series meant so much to me. For all the PHANTOM STALLION lovers out there who feel like sobbing what i found helped is to make up yoour own ending. it is definantly NOT the same but helped me stop crying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! I have the largest crush EVER on it was kinda nice that he and Sam didn't get together, lol. Critically, it would be weird for their friendship...I just can't see it happening. Also, Sam is only 14. The horseiness and western aspect of the series was great. Best series EVER! There's no topping it! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book Lov the series Wish that they would never end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and don't want it to end!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loooooved this book!i was very disappointed when the series ended at 24,and im hoping 2 catch(if mrs. farley writes it)the special edition book.i would actually call my being disappointed a mini depression!if she writes another book,i hope she writes about what is going 2 happen with jake and sam.if you feel the same way i do,you can log onto and contact them.this series let my imagination run wild,just like the horses in it.i suggest reading these books,so enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom Stallion book number 24, Run Away Home was prodigious! In my opinion it got an A+. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The whole story was interesting and it always held a surprise at the end of each chapter. Also I loved the following quotes ¿the heart is always free,¿ and ¿ For the Phantom there is only one girl. For Sam there is only one horse.¿ The fact that Sam¿s good friend Jake likes her spices the whole thing up. Then that Bryanna had a baby, and had it at home, also brings some ebullience into the book. The adventures that Sam and the horse go on made the novel that much better. If I had to pick my favorite part it would have to be at the end when Sam spoke the following words ¿ If my way works out works, I¿ll know how to find my way back to you. Zanzibar this isn¿t good-bye.¿ Then the phantom nibbled on her hair as if he understood. If I had to pick the most exciting part was when Sam found out that the property that the stallion and her herd stayed on is part of their land! If I had to pick my favorite character it would have to be Sam. She is my favorite character because of her incessant attempt to save the wild horses, and to keep them free. To describe her I would use these three words adventurous, kind hearted, and adamant. I recommend this particular book for all equestrians, or people who just love horses. I also recommend the following books from the Phantom Stallion series book #1 The wild one #2 Mustang Moon #The renegade, and of-course book #24 Run Away Home
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't really mean shes stupid and I totally know how she. feels about horses but she could handle some things better instead of rushing into things with a plan that dosen't work all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Phantom Stallion book was the best in the whole series! It was really exciting, and there was a nice tidy ending that still leaves room for imagining what happens in more detail.
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in the wild horse island books she does say that Sam and Jake went to prom together so she does tell us a little bit more! Cant remember which one it was in though........
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I thougt this book was great! It had a tidy litte ending but it could've been a bit more involving. I mean Jake and Sam just... well i won't tell you've got to read it for yourself! Anyway Mrs. Farley says she might do a Special Edition and she welcomes suggestions on what it should be about go to and follow the link to submit your ideas. Don't forget to push for Sam and Jake (you know :-) and remember temptest. will Sam ride her? Will she be black or silver? Hey don't feel to sad about the series ending you can always read them again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book had a happy ending and that Terri Farley did a good job. She tried to leave things on a positive note. I liked that Rachael Slocum did say what she did to Sam. Some say they were tired of the way she discribed Sam riding the Phantom but I thougt it gave an amazing mental picture of the majesty of the horse. In the Black Stallion Walter Farley did the same thing and that's what drew me to his series also. I don't know if I want to read Wild horse Island but maybe... I just might leave it here with Sam and the Phantom. Mrs Farley says she might do a special edtion to this series so maybe I'll just wait for that.
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Run Away Home was probably my favorite book in the series because it wraps things up and has absolutely no cliff hanger, thank goodness. I found myself reading it within two days at the most because it was so absorbing and you wanted to see what would happen in the end to certain characters such as Linc Slocum and Jennifer Kenworthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This si the best book known to man and I hope Mrs Terri doesent end them if she is running out if Ideas why doesent she go to Hawiai with Darby mabye since Jakes brother Kit is moving there she could go with Jake!! that would be soooooooooooooooo cool!!! This is the best book