The Wild One (Phantom Stallion Series #1)

The Wild One (Phantom Stallion Series #1)

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by Terri Farley

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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


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 #1: The Wild One

On a moonlit night, a mustang comes to Sam. Is it Blackie grown up and gone wild? Is it the legendary phantom stallion? Or could it be both?

Ages 10+

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Shades of The Horse Whisperer haunt this story of a wild mustang who crashed, injuring his rider and owner, Sam, then disappeared. Now two years later, Sam is back home, riding again, but missing her horse terribly. One night a mustang appears as if by magic. He comes straight toward her. Is he Blackie, come back? Hard as it is to believe, this seemingly wild mustang responds to Sam's secret name for Blackie, a name she's never told anyone. Conflict arrives when a neighboring rancher wants to claim the mustang at the next roundup. Sam doesn't know what to do. If she allows the rancher to claim the horse, she will never see him again, and she fears that the man will be cruel to him. But if she claims him for herself, she'll be removing him from the place he belongs. Can she be strong enough to forfeit her claim to Blackie and return him to the wild, to live with his herd of mares? This is the first volume of what promises to be a series. It may not be strong enough to compete with Marguerite Henry's most compelling horse books, but for slightly younger readers it could be the beginning of a beautiful experience. Part of the "The Wild One" series. 2002, HarperCollins Children's Books,
— Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Sam, 13, returns to Nevada after a two-year absence in San Francisco where she was recovering from a head injury caused when she was thrown from her horse. She wonders what happened to Blackie, who ran away after the accident. After several encounters with the wild mustangs, she realizes that the beautiful stallion that she has seen is her horse but she doesn't think anyone will believe her. Unfortunately, one of her neighbors is determined to capture the stallion, now called the Phantom, and Sam knows that she has to save Blackie from this ambitious and uncaring rancher. In the end, she rescues him but sets him free because she realizes that he would never be happy in captivity. Sam is a likable and believable character whose determination and sensitivity will be appreciated by horse lovers. There is a fair amount of suspense and adventure as she tracks Blackie and his mares. Sam's relationship with her father is well drawn, and there is an interesting mixture of characters. This story has enough action to make it an entertaining read for fans of this genre.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Phantom Stallion Series, #1
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5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Phantom Stallion #1: The Wild One

Chapter One

At first, Sam thought she was seeing things. The windshield of Dad′s truck was pitted by years of windblown dust. Maybe she′d been away from the ranch so long, the desert sun was playing tricks on her eyes.

Suddenly, she knew better.

Mustangs stampeded over the ridge top. They ran down the steep hillside. As their hooves touched level ground, a helicopter bobbed up behind them.

It hovered like a giant dragonfly.

As she watched the herd, Sam saw one creamy mane flickering amid the dark necks of the other horses. She saw a black horse shining like glass and two roans running side by side. Here and there ran foals, nostrils wide with effort.

Sam wondered if the men hovering above could see each running horse, or only a flowing mass of animals.

The mustangs ran for the open range. Sam knew the horses would find little shade and less water ahead, but they seemed to think of nothing except outrunning the men and their machine.

The herd swung left. The helicopter swooped, ten feet off the sand, to block them.

The herd galloped right. With a whirring sound, the helicopter followed.

Then, from the back of the herd, a silver stallion raced forward. Sam never imagined a horse could be so beautiful, but there he was. He nipped and screamed, turning the mares in a wide U back under the helicopter′s belly, running back to the hills and safety.

The helicopter pulled up. It banked into a turn and followed, but it was too late.

"Wow! Where did they go?" Sam′s thigh muscles tensed. She sat inside her dad′s truck, but her knees shook as if she′d been running with the wild horses.

"Mustangs have their secret getaway trails. They go places even a chopper can′t." Dad took one hand off the steering wheel to pull his Stetson down to shade his eyes.

Sam cleared her throat and looked out the window at dull, brown Nevada. Could she have felt homesick for this?

Yes. Every day of the past two years, an ache had grown under her breastbone.

She just wished Dad would talk more. She wanted to hear about the ranch and the horses and Gram. But the nearer they got to the ranch, the more he acted like the dad she remembered. Relaxed and quiet, he was completely unlike the awkward man who′d come to visit in Aunt Sue′s polished San Francisco apartment.

Since he′d picked Sam up -- literally off her feet in the middle of the airport -- their conversation had bumped along just like this old truck. Slow, but sure.

"Shouldn′t use helicopters and trucks," Dad muttered. "They just don′t savvy mustangs."

Translated, that meant he had no respect for men who didn′t understand the wild horses they were capturing and taking off the range.

Dad really talked like a cowboy. And his first name was Wyatt, a cowboy name if she′d ever heard one. Plus, he walked with the stiff grace of a man who′d ridden all his life.

When he′d first sent her to the city, Sam had been so angry, she′d tried to forget Dad. For a while, it had been easy.

After her accident, the doctors had said Sam might suffer "complications." When a girl fell from a galloping horse and her head was struck by a hoof, that was bad. When she lost consciousness as well, they explained, it was far worse.

Fear made Dad agree to send Sam away from the ranch, to live with Aunt Sue. In San Francisco, she was only two minutes away from a hospital, instead of two hours.

First Sam had begged to stay, then she′d turned stubborn and refused to go. But Dad was just as stubborn. He wouldn′t take no for an answer. Since she′d barely turned eleven, Dad had won.

After a few lonely weeks, she′d learned to love San Francisco. Aunt Sue′s willingness to take her everywhere and show her everything eased the pain of leaving home, but it couldn′t make her forget Blackie.

Blackie had been the first horse who was all her own. She′d raised him through a rocky colthood, gentled him to accept her as his rider, then made a terrible mistake that injured her and frightened him into escape.

Each time Dad called her in San Francisco, Sam asked for word of Blackie. But the swift two-year-old had vanished.

In time, Sam stopped asking. She and Blackie had hurt each other. She′d been unable to go after him and touch him and explain. So, Blackie had followed his mustang heart back to the wild country.

Although Aunt Sue didn′t ride, she did share Sam′s passion for movies. Sam made friends at her middle school, too, and played basketball in a YMCA league. It wasn′t long before the months had added up to two years.

Still, movies and basketball couldn′t measure up to Sam′s memories of riding the range, fast and free. Sam never stopped loving horses and missing them. When Dad announced it was safe to come home, Sam had started packing.

Now, Sam sneaked another look at Dad. In San Francisco, she′d been embarrassed by him. She′d worried that her city friends would hear his buckaroo slang, or take a good look at his face, all brown and lean as beef jerky. If they had, they would have known Dad for what he was: a cowboy.

But here in Nevada, he fit in and it was easier for her to see she had a lot in common with him. They were both skinny, tanned, and stubborn.

"You really liked living in San Francisco?" Dad asked.

Phantom Stallion #1: The Wild One. 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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The Wild One (Phantom Stallion Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book loved it from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction Sam returns home after two years of living with her Aunt Sue because of the near death experience of her horse, Blackie, because she feel off and he kicked her in the head. Therefore, she has been separated from everything she ever knew. He had also been missing ever since the accident had happened. However, as she comes home her dad's farm hand tells of a beautiful cream colored stallion coming to the ranch creek at night. She begins to wonder if it is her beloved Blackie coming home to her. Description and summary of main points Terri Farley is a high ranked author. However, I was interested in this story because it is what I like. Sam and I both love horses. I also like it because there are many different farm animals in the story. Evaluation I think that this book is amazing because it is interesting and fun to read. There is a lot happening and there is a lot of detail about surroundings, people, and animals. It shows that if you truly want something you can get it if you try hard enough. It also shows that if you truly love someone or something then you have to do what is right for them. Conclusion Sam is a caring and loving person but all she wants is to be home again to find her colt that was lost in the accident. So when she finally goes home he returns to her. But when he is captured she does everything in her power to buy him but when she does she has to make the hardest choice of her life to keep him or return him to his heard. Your final review I adore this book because it is in my love zone of animals and my style of living. It is a book of love, courage, strength, trust, and friendship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
theses books are awsome! i know its only the first book, but i own everysingle one that has come out...i just thought that some people would like to read a reveiw...well, these books are for the horse loveing type. I ride in real life and yeap...barrel racing is my thing...on my horse Mo. a quarter horse and arabian mix...or a quarab...the way Sams horse in theses books acts like reminds me of my baby Mo...they sound exactly like eachother...well, anyway, these books like transforms your reading style. it lets your imagination soar and when you read them, you dont want to put them down. these books are also very descriptive too. whitch is awsome. everyone hates it when authors leave things hanging or dont go into detail...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked immediatly i had to read the whole series and i am reading the Phantom Stallion Wild Horse Island series now to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is the best EVER!!!!!! Ican't wait to reab the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Sometimes when me and my friend play my name i mostly Zanzibar. I am planing to read all the Phantom Stallon books on the nook.
Vanessa Reichenberger More than 1 year ago
It is an AMAZING book. I've been reading for a while and I have ONE book left. CAN'T WAIT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I have written quite a few reviews for Terri Farely's other books in this series. The Wild One is one of the best, however, as the series continues there are some far-fetched parts. I love the 5th one, Free Again, but there are two far-fetched parts, which are major happenings in the story. BEWARE: THIS IS A REVEALING SECTION! When Sam is riding with her friends and driving the 'unadoptable' mustangs to their new found owner, the Phantom suddenly appears. He runs side by side with Ace, Sam's bay mustang gelding that she is currently riding, he frolicks around, and speeds past all of the galloping mustangs. I also find it slightly irritating that every mare is soooo interested in the Phantom (specifically Calico in this story), and of course he trusts only Sam. And of course, again, everyone wants the horse Sam has a bond with. In the 17th book, Mountain Mare, I was glad that the chocolate mare, I believe her name is Lassie, refused to go with the Phantom. Another part in Free Again that makes me squint in uncertainty, is at the very end. Sam finds the blind foal, Faith, at the hot springs, believable, but the Phantom is watching over her. WHY? Anyone who knows wild horses, or any wild animal for that matter, would protect more of its babies or family than (and that is how you spell it) risking those lives for just one. The Phantom has a whole herd and he comes to watch over the filly? Unbelievable. Also be aware that in one of the books, I believe it is the 16th one, Terri Farley calls Jen Kenworthy's (Sam's best friend) mother Leah, when her real name is Lila, although she fixes that mistake in the continuing books. In the six and sixteenth books, I found it slightly hard to believe that Sam would take such outstanding news as well as she did. I mean, for the first books, she didn't want her dad to marry Brynna, and when they announce engagement, she's perfectly fine with it. In the 16th one, she doesn't mind a bit that Brynna's having a baby! Oh well, I still love these books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The phantom stallion books are the best! Please, go read them! even if you're not that into horses, I think you'd still like them. Trust me, its worth the risk. These books show you the real side to the wild west, cowboys and all, which makes these books all the more interesting. I've read every book in the series at least 5 times, maybe more! These books can be mysterious, humorous, sad(but not despressing), happy, and suspenseful. I absolutely love all the characters, they're all very likable, except of course the villian, Linc Slocum, who is obsessed with catching the Phantom. The main character, 13 year old Samantha Forester, comes back to her ranch in Nevada after being away for 2 years, because of a fall from her favorite horse, Blackie. She injured her head, and had to go live with her aunt in san francisco so she'd be near a hospital in case she had complications. Back at the ranch, she has trouble feeling like a real cowgirl again, since her riding skills aren't what they used to be. Then she discovers that this mustang the local people call the 'phantom' might be her horse Blackie, grown up with a wild herd of his own. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave the rest for you to find out. I myself am not really a big horse-lover in particular, but I still LOVE these books, and I always count down the days until the new books come out. And it seems like each new one gets better and better. So please, try these wonderful books, created by the talented author, Terri Farley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tickets I think it is a good book. And I think I would like to read the whole series .
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Phantom Stallion is a great seires. Terri Farley did an amazing job writeing these books. When I read Phantom Stallion: 1 The Wild One I felt like I was in Nevada with Sam and The Phantom. Terri does a great job with her details she is one of my favorite authors. The bond between Phantom and Sam is what ever horsecrazy person wants with their horse or dream horse. I can't wait to read all the books. I am a horsecrazy girl and The Phantom Stallion series are my favorite! READ THEM!! I know you will like them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never actually read the book, but from all the GOOD reviews I've read I do sugest this book! :3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I thought it was boring at first, but it got really interesting. I kept promising my self I would stop at the end of a certain chapter at certain times, but it was such a good book that it was hard to put it down. I wish Moonlight Mustang had a free sample. It sounds like it is just as amazing as Phantom Stallion, maybe even better.
HorseCrazyGirl23 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! was a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book,by the way IT IS NOT WARRIORS YOU FOOLS!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FYI I think i'm in love with Zanzibar/the Phantom. Awsome book!!!!!!!
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Silverspirtit, you here?
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The silvery white shecat sits down in the middle of the clearing. Her cyan blue eyes scan the area looking for her apprentice Snowpaw. "I hope she comes soon....." she thinks. ~Silverspirit (Set Fire To The Rain) @>----
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named sam that was in a terrible accident wen she is hit in the head by her mustangs hoof. And no one has seen blakie( her horse) And she had to move to SanFranico and as far away from the one place she loved. Then wen she comes back two years latter all the ranch hands make fun of her because she has not been on a hores in two years. Then she comes to find out Blakkie isnt as far away as she thought. Wen she sees the Phantom. And now he is in trouble and only she can save him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im on chapter five and I love all the detail Terri Farley puts into the books!Exapale:When Sam goes outside during the night and sees what she calls" The Phantom".I also love that Terri Farley puts the setting with very good detail! I love horses I have alot of Breyer horses.I love to read now sense I started reading Phantom Stallion!!!