The Black Stallion Returns

The Black Stallion Returns

by Walter Farley

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Overview

In this, the second book in the series, the heart-stopping adventures of the Black Stallion continue as Alec discovers that two men are after the Black. One claims to be the Black’s rightful owner and one is trying to kill the beautiful steed. An Arab chieftain proves his ownership of the Black and takes him away, but Alec is determined to find his horse again. Following the pair to Arabia, Alec encounters great evil and intrigue, as only a horse as spectacular as the Black could inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679813446
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1991
Series: Walter Farley's Black Stallion Series , #2
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 106,381
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Night hung black and heavy about the old barn. An iron gate creaked a short distance away and a few minutes later the short figure of a man slid alongside the barn. As he moved cautiously forward his fat, gloved hand felt the wood. The man stopped as he neared the door and his hand dug into his right coat pocket. Fumbling, he searched for something. Not finding it, he uttered an oath and reached awkwardly across to his left-hand pocket. He pulled the empty sleeve from the pocket and reached inside, withdrawing a long hypodermic needle. His dark-skinned face creased into folds of fatty tissue as he smiled. Moving forward once again, he did not bother to replace the empty coat sleeve and it hung limply at his side in the still air.

The prowler reached the door. Carefully he opened it and slid inside. His eyes, already accustomed to the darkness, made out the stalls on the other side of the barn. As he moved toward them, his thumb slipped to the back of the hypodermic needle.

The hard ring of a horse's hoofs against the floor came from one of the stalls. Then a long and slender neck that arched to a small, savagely beautiful head peered over the door. Thin-skinned nostrils quivered as black ears pitched forward. The prowler, halfway to the stall door, had stopped. The horse shook his long black mane and a powerful foreleg struck the door.

A board creaked as the man moved closer. Baring his teeth, the horse whistled the shrill, loud scream of a wild stallion. As the whistle resounded through the barn, the prowler moved forward. He would have to work fast. Mincing steps carried his round body to the stall door with amazing speed. He opened it, but fell back as the black stallion struck at him.

Gripping the hypodermic firmly, the prowler advanced again, more cautiously this time. He stopped and his fat face twitched nervously. The giant horse rose on his hind legs, mouth open and teeth bared. As he came down, the man lunged at him, but the horse's foreleg caught him in the groin. The attacker turned gray beneath his bronze skin. Staggering back, he attempted to close the stall door behind him. The stallion, halfway through the door, rose again on his hind legs as the man stumbled and fell to the floor. Thrashing hoofs pawed the air above him. The hypodermic dropped from his hand as the giant form began to descend. The man rolled fast, avoiding the stallion's hoofs by inches. Climbing to his feet, he ran frantically for the barn door.

Outside, he heard voices coming from the direction of the gate and, turning, stumbled off into the night, the empty coat sleeve waving slightly at his side.

A few minutes later a young boy, carrying a flashlight, ran up to the barn door. Following him was a bowlegged man who moved with jerky strides.

"Something must be wrong, Henry," the youth shouted. "The door's open!"

Henry grabbed the flashlight. "Yeah, I'll go in, Alec. Y'stay here, just in case . . ."

Impatiently, Alec waited while Henry entered the barn. A hand swept nervously across his pug nose as he pinched his nostrils. There was a worried expression on his freckled face. If anything had happened to the Black! Then he heard the short neigh and the sound of the stallion's hoofs against the floor. His tense body relaxed. Everything was probably all right. Looking around the yard, his gaze swept to the open field. It was getting light and already he could make out the high white fence at the north end. There was no one around. He tightened the belt holding up his corduroys and then pushed a hand through his red, tousled hair.

Turning on the lights, Henry appeared in the doorway. He beckoned Alec inside.

The Black was in his stall. He whistled softly when he saw Alec and shook his black mane, which mounted high, then fell low, like a crest.

"Find anything, Henry?"

"He was out of his stall. Someone's been here . . . there's been a fight of some kind. He's sweated." Henry ran a gnarled hand over the stallion's body as it glistened in the bright light.

The Black moved nervously around his stall and didn't quiet until Alec's hand rested on the thin-skinned nostrils. "He seems to be okay though, Henry."

"Yep." Henry was quiet. In his hand he studied a long glass object wrapped in his handkerchief.

"What is it?" Alec asked.

"A hypo."

"You mean a hypodermic needle?" Alec asked incredulously. "You found it here?"

"Yep . . . on the floor."

"What's it mean, Henry?" Alec moved away from the Black to get a closer view of the glass tube.

"Looks as if someone intended to use it on the Black."

"Y'mean . . ." Alec's heart thumped hard. "Henry, are you sure it hasn't been used?"

"It's filled. We'll get the stuff analyzed today by the police and find out what it is. Maybe it'll give us a clue of some kind." He wrapped the needle in the handkerchief and said, "Also, there might be some fingerprints. . . ."

Alec moved over to the Black again. The stallion lowered his head and, rubbing it, Alec asked, "But why would anyone want to harm him, Henry?"

"Your guess is as good as mine, Alec." Then Henry added, ". . . perhaps better."

"What do you mean?"

Henry moved over to Alec and placed a long arm on the stall door. "Well, here's how I figure it out. The Black is a valuable horse since he beat out Sun Raider and Cyclone last June. There's no doubt that he's the fastest thing to set foot on any track here or abroad. Now to my way of thinkin' there's a good many reasons why somebody would want to steal the Black. He couldn't be raced but he could be used for stud . . . that horse could do much to improve the bloodline of the American thoroughbred. . . ."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a cool book!!!! You have to read this series if you love Horses!!! NEVER READ A BETTER SERIES!!! (NO JOKE)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Black Stallion series, it is about Alec's adventure in Arabia, in search of his beloved horse which was taken away from him. You don't have to be a horse lover to love this book. Once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down, as I found out. Do yourself a favor and buy the entire series. If I could rate the series 50 stars, I DEFINATELY would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Black Stallion Returns is probably one of the best books I've ever read. If you love horses and a good mystery, this is the perfect book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watches the adder, waiting until she knows it's asleep. She quietly crouches and stals toward it. She stops a couple tail-lengths away and looks at the adder, waiting to see if it will wake up. The adder is still asleep. Shiningshadow takes another step toward it, the pounces on it. The adder wakes up, it's eyes full of hatred. It opens it's mouth and hisses, but before it can attack, Shiningshadow bites down hard on it's neck. The adder stops moving, and the black she-cat drags it away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falconclaw feels something strange come over him and he turns back. "Help her." He hears a voice carried on the wind. He goes back and sees her hind leg. "Do you want me to carry you back to camp?" He asks her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an aweome book. Read the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will sweep you off your feet into a whole different horizon. This amazing book has loads of excitement. Too good to be true. The ending made me want to read the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that book and everyone should read it! It is about how The Black is taken away from Alec and how he goes out to find him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gotta have this book
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, my wife went to the library and checked out Walter Farley's The Black Stallion and its sequel The Black Stallion Returns for our older son Mark, who was then middle-school age, to read. At that time, I read The Black Stallion, in which a young boy named Alec Ramsay, who is returning from a visit to his uncle in India, and a mysterious Arabian horse which Alec calls the Black are the sole survivors of a shipwreck on an island off the coast of Portugal. Later, after the two are rescued, Alec trains the Black and the horse wins a very important race. However, I did not get to read the sequel. As The Black Stallion Returns opens, the Black is being housed in the stables of Alec's neighbor Henry Dailey, a horse trainer. One night, someone tries to steal or kill the horse, but is scared away, dropping a gold neck chain with a medallion having a phoenix carved in ivory on it. Shortly after that, an Arabian sheik named Abu Ja'kub ben Ishak comes with all the necessary paperwork to claim the Black as his own and refusing to sell the horse at any price takes him back to Arabia. Not knowing this, Charles Volence, the owner of one of the horses which the Black had beaten, arrives to see if he can buy the horse. Volence invites Alec and Henry to go to Arabia with him to ask if Abu Ishak might change his mind about selling the Black or at least might be willing to sell him some of the horse's offspring. After landing in Arabia, they meet Ibn al Khaldun who has a medallion just like the one they found in the stable. On the way across the desert to Ishak's territory, their guide is killed and his assistants flee with all their supplies during a sand storm. Can they survive the desert? Do they make it to Ishak? And will Alec ever see his beloved Black again? The Black Stallion is a good boy-and-his-horse story. But for sheer adventure and excitement, it is hard to beat The Black Stallion Returns. I really enjoyed reading the book. It would make good fictional reading to supplement a study of Arabia. Concerning language, some common euphemisms (primarily "gosh" and "gee") are found. Other than a few references to smoking tobacco and wagering on horse races, there is nothing else objectionable. Farley wrote some 21 books in "The Black Stallion" series, including Son of the Black Stallion, The Black Stallion and Satan, The Black Stallion's Ghost, The Black Stallion Revolts, The Black Stallion Mystery, The Island Stallion, The Island Stallion's Fury, The Black Stallion and Flame, and The Black Stallion Challenged. The final book, The Young Black Stallion, which is actually a "prequel," was co-written with Farley's son Steven.
molliewatts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Black Stallion's rightful owner takes him back to Arabia, but Alec is determined to have his horse and so follows him to the desert. The second "Black Stallion" book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was ok but the first book was great!
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No warriors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((To my dearest readers: Now here is your chance to give me one idea what Equestria Sercet Safe will pick up the data to Cupcake's Sweet little Stallion.)) <p> Cupcakes muttered,"Stupid father." She went to Blight's house. She gave her hug and went to sleep. Untill next day, her father and his army was guarding the school. They predicted the stallion is a robot. Cupcakes' stallion came in school without any supcious activity. He loved Cupcakes than anything.
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Stuck, he couldnt run. He quickly thought of a way to escape. He chewed the string and snapped it. Running desprately towards anywhere safe, he soon was lost.
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Heathershine is having kitts on friday
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"Here Goldenstripe!"~Flowerpaw
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Swiftly jumps and kills a prarie dog and pads to his hideout to eat it
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Ther is laughing coming from a tree, then another, as tgough the cat travled from ttree to tree.
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