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Title:
The young black stallion
Author:
Farley, Walter, 1915-1989.
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
161 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Traces the early life of the black stallion in the mountains of Arabia before he was captured and brought to the West. A prequel to the first book in the Black Stallion series.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.7 6.0 10600.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.6 9 Quiz: 12939 Guided reading level: T.
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ISBN:
9780394845623

9780394945620
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Book

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Summary

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? From the Trade Paperback edition.


Summary

Born in the mountain stronghold of an Arabian sheik, the Black Stallion is a horse unlike any other. Big, beautiful, and savage, he has courage in his heart and fire in his eyes. When the Black is threatened by a band of raiders attempting to kidnap him, he escapes into the wilderness, beginning a perilous journey that will test his strength, speed, and will to survive.


Author Notes

Walter Farley was born in Syracuse, New York on June 26, 1915. He began writing The Black Stallion when he was a student at Columbia University and completed it while working as an advertising copywriter in New York City. It was an immediate success when it was published in 1941. During World War II, he served in the army where he wrote the second book in the series, The Black Stallion Returns. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he became a full-time author. He wrote 20 novels in the Black Stallion series. His also wrote a fictionalized biography of America's greatest Thoroughbred, Man O'War. He died of heart failure on October 17, 1989 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Walter Farley was born in Syracuse, New York on June 26, 1915. He began writing The Black Stallion when he was a student at Columbia University and completed it while working as an advertising copywriter in New York City. It was an immediate success when it was published in 1941. During World War II, he served in the army where he wrote the second book in the series, The Black Stallion Returns. After his discharge from the service in 1946, he became a full-time author. He wrote 20 novels in the Black Stallion series. His also wrote a fictionalized biography of America's greatest Thoroughbred, Man O'War. He died of heart failure on October 17, 1989 at the age of 74.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.