The Young Black Stallion

The Young Black Stallion

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by Walter Farley, Steven Farley

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In this prequel to The Black Stallion, we learn the story of the Black before he was shipwrecked with Alec Ramsay. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu Ishak, the colt shows great promise. During a band of robbers’ attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Will he ever find his way home?


In this prequel to The Black Stallion, we learn the story of the Black before he was shipwrecked with Alec Ramsay. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu Ishak, the colt shows great promise. During a band of robbers’ attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Will he ever find his way home?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The wonderfully improbable chronicles of the Black Stallion continue with this narrative of the Black's colthood in the mountains of Arabia. Specially bred to strengthen the bloodlines of Sheik Abu Ishak's herds, the Black is the victim of a failed horse raid. Driven out of his secluded pasture, the colt takes up with a herd of ibex. Soon he is scaling sheer rock faces and dueling fierce rams to the death. Befriended by Rashid, a young Bedouin, the stallion journeys to the desert, attempting to elude the rival groups of horse traders that seek him. As all devotees of the series know, the Black is finally recaptured and put aboard the tramp steamer Drake , just in time for his star-crossed meeting with Alec Ramsay, his future master. Although this prequel never quite matches the sparkle of the earlier works, it certainly should answer several questions about the Black's beginnings. Even the book's rather cloying mystical streak is unlikely to disturb the loyal followers of the legendary stallion. Ages 10-14. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-- Almost 50 years after the publication of The Black Stallion (Random, 1944), Farley and his son explain the events leading up to ``Shetan's'' boarding the ill-fated steamer. The adventure begins with a raiding party's attempts to steal the yearling from his breeder, Abu ben Ishak. Shetan, angered by the cruel Ibn al Khaldun, escapes from the pasture. Sharing his new life as a fugutive is Rashid, Khaldun's Bedouin scout who bungled the raid. In a series of cinematic episodes, Rashid and Shetan survive the dangers of Arabia's mountains. Some coincidences mar the plot's believability, but readers will enjoy the story's twists and exciting scenes. The last chapters rehash the truck racing scenes from The Raiders of the Lost Ark, but readers will be driven to complete the story. The Farleys repeat the trademark style, complete with excess adjectives and breathless scenes. Rashid is portrayed as a devout Moslem who frequently thanks Allah for his survival. Shetan's hatred of man arises from his struggles to escape the raiders--and his supposed heritage as the son of ``The Stallion of the Midnight Sky.'' Devoted readers might accept the former premise, but they will discard the second. The Black Stallion Mystery (Random, 1965) confirmed that a real-life stallion, Ziyadah, sired Shetan. Compared to other Farley titles, this rates average. Anxious fans will savor the story, nonetheless. --Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Public Library , NM

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Black Stallion
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Random House
Sales rank:
930L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Farley's first book, The Black Stallion, was an instant hit when it appeared in 1941. Mr. Farley went on to write thirty-three other enormously popular books about the Black Stallion and other horses which were published in more than twenty countries. He died in 1989, shortly before the publication of his last novel, The Young Black Stallion, written with his son Steven.

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The Young Black Stallion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg this is for reviews not playing games!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
                                     The Young Black Stallion      I read this book because I really like horses. On the cover it has a picture of a black horse and I thought it would be about a horse so I decided to read it. It is a really good book. I liked this book. I feel the same way about the book as I did at the beginning there wasn’t really anything I was expecting anything from this book but I liked reading it. This book is about a young horse that is bigger and stronger than the other ones and someone takes him this persons name is Alec. The young stallion escapes from him though. This book is fantasy but there are things that could be real in it. The author of this book is       I really liked this book. Two reasons why are that I like horses and this book was just a good book to read. So I did like this book. It was a good book to read. I definitely recommend it for you if you like horses, even if you don’t really like horses, this could still be a good book for you.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can i please join some ones clan And we can be on this page if we want we are free to do any thing
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Flattens herself to the ground. Spotting a water vole, she stalked it silently. A silvery paw flashes out and the vole lays dead. Creeksplash buries it for later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mistfeather's eyes lit up and she pelted back to him, nuzzling him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the middle of the prarie, a small stream has sprung up ut of nowhere. There are not any fish, but there are water voles on the banks. Herbs grow in plentiful bunches and sunning boulders make it the perfect spoot to relax an enjoy the sun...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good May 28 2012
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A gray tabby pads in. She climbs the tree, and hooks 4 birds from the branches. She bites their necks, and makes sure that there are plenty of birds for the Clan/Clans that hunt here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rockpaw runs as fast as he can but the dog is right behind him. Rockpaw looks back to be in the dog's face. He turns trying to confuse the dog, but ends up crashing into a tree. The breath is knocked out of him. He lays on the ground, getting his breath back. The dog snashes him against the tree. He cant breath. The dog moves away and he slides down the tree. He jumps back up to his feet. He hisses an lashes out at the dog. The dog pulls his head back, but as he lashes out again, the dog bites down on his leg. He pulls away. The dog lifts him up into the air, dangleing him by his leg. He kicks at the dog's throat. His claws reach the dog and rake down its throat. The dog drops him but as he falls the dog puts its paw under his path and hits him back up into the air. The dog catches his back in its teeth. He tries to scrach the dog, but its just out of his reach. The dog throws him up into the air and catches him by one of his hind legs. It throws him up again and catches him by his other hind leg. The dog drops him, but as he falls the dog catches his skin on its claws. The dog slams him to the ground and, as it holds him down, rakes its claws across his head. At that moment, there was a bark from behind the dog. The dog turned its head toward the bark. Another huge dog jumped out of the bushes. Rockpaw was surprised to see a dog like this one. It was a young silver dog. It was probaly about a year old. Its fur actually shined. It had black paws and blue eyes that strangly glowed. But the weirdest thing about this dog was that it had wings. They were gold dragon wings. Two other strange-looking dogs jumped out from behind the first dog. The second dog was sort of like the first. It was probaly was about a year old like the silver dog. It was ginger with white legs. It's eyes were a lilac purple color. Its eyes also glowed. It had dragon wings. They were a lilac purple color like its eyes. The third was completly white. It had no speck of any other color anywere except for blue glowing markings all over its body. Its eyes had no pupils or anything. They were just completly icey blue. Its claws and teeth looked like they were made of clear ice-cicles. Once the black dog saw them, it picked up Rockpaw it its teeth,biting down. It ran to another book. The other dogs followed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for horse-lovers all ages. Disney's motion picture Yong Black Stallion and the book are pretty similar. You must have this book! It feels as if you were in the story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love All Of These Books. Any horse Lover Would Be Crazy Not to Read These.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great horse book. I love all the black stallion books. This one is about the Black's life before Alec. I hope everone will read and enjoy it, as much as I did.