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Book Title: The Black Stallion's Ghost|
Date of issue: April 11th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780679869504
The author of the book: Walter Farley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.78 MB
Read full description of the books The Black Stallion's Ghost:The main characters in this book are Alec and a new guy he met in the swamp named Captain Philippe de Plumminel. He is in the circus unit. He has a horse named the Ghost because of her swift movements. The setting takes place in the Everglades with the captain.
The conflict in this book starts when Alec met the captain and the captain wanted Alec to come back with him to his house in the middle of the Everglades. The captain wants to breed the Black with his mare, but Alec can’t because the racing season isn't over yet. There was a storm, so Alec couldn't head back to his house. The captain put the Black in the barn for the night. Alec was worried because his stallion was in the same barn as his mare and didn't want the Black to get out of the stall and get to the mare. Alec had to sleep in the upper part of the house that night. The captain had told some stories about the legend of Kovi. The captain didn't listen to Alec about him breeding and so that night the captain went out to the barn and tried to breed the two horses. Alec caught him beating the Black because the stallion was trying to attack the captain. Alec attacked the captain and the Black ran out into the Everglades toward the home of Kovi. The captain apologized to Alec and they set out into the Everglades on the search for the stallion. They ran all the way to the home of Kovi. The captain went somewhere and came back so terrified he couldn't move. Alec took off to go look for the Black so they could get out of the place. Alec wasn't scared of Kovi because he thought it was all an imagination. He was caught by Kovi and was sent into darkness. He eventually got out of the darkness and had figured that it was what the captain had saw. When Alec found the Black he got on him and went back to the area he had left the captain. He wasn't there so he went searching for him. He found the captain dead by a tree with wounds and blood surrounding him. He went back to the captain’s house to tell Odin, another man at the captain’s house, to tell him the captain was dead. When he got to the house, both the barn and the house was locked so tightly. Odin had left with the mare. A few weeks later he went to the circus where the mare was playing. Odin had sold her to some other circus man who would show her in the circus. After the mare was done with her act he went past the security guards and found the mare in her stall. He talked the man into letting him buy her for $30,000! He bought her because she was pregnant with the Black’s foal and for other reasons.
I think this book was really awesome. At the beginning I didn't really know what was happening, but as the book went on I understood more. I was so into the book. It was great! I was so shocked when the captain had died. I wasn't expecting any of that to happen. I would recommend this book to my friend Abby Sparks and any other person that likes a lot of surprises!
Read information about the authorWalter Farley's love for horses began when he was a small boy living in Syracuse, New York, and continued as he grew up in New York City, where his family moved. Young Walter never owned a horse. But unlike most city children, he had little trouble gaining firsthand experience with horses-his uncle was a professional horseman, and Walter spent much of his time at the stables with him.
"He wasn't the most successful trainer of race horses," Mr. Farley recalled, "and in a way I profited by it. He switched from runners to jumpers to show horses to trotters and pacers, then back to runners again. Consequently, I received a good background in different kinds of horse training and the people associated with each."
Walter Farley began to write his first book, THE BLACK STALLION, while he was a student at Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School and Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, and
finished it while he was an undergraduate at Columbia University. It was published by Random House when he was 26. He used his first advance to go traveling and after that hardly stopped longer than it took him to write another book. He traveled and lived in Mexico, Hawaii, the South Seas, most of the South American countries, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe.
The appearance of THE BLACK STALLION in 1941 was hailed by enthusiastic boys and girls all over the country. An avalanche of mail urged Mr. Farley to write more about Alec Ramsey and the Black. But World War II intervened. Mr. Farley went into the US Army, where he spent the next five years. Most of the time he was assigned to Yank, the army weekly magazine, and he was also trained in the Fourth Armored Division.
After the war Walter Farley resumed the adventures of Alec and the Black with THE BLACK STALLION RETURNS. This was followed by SON OF THE BLACK STALLION. Then Mr. Farley tried his hand at a story about a new boy, Steve Duncan, and a new horse, Flame, in THE ISLAND STALLION. Mr. Farley's readers were just as delighted with this book as his others.
Mr. Farley went on to write many more stories about the two stallions, and about other horses as well. Children of all ages have found Farley titles to enjoy, since many of the later stories were written for Mr. Farley's own children when they were too young to read his Stallion novels. And older readers and adults have been gripped by his fictionalized biography of America's greatest Thoroughbred, Man O'War. Walter Farley's titles reached a grand total of 34. The 21 Black Stallion and Island Stallion stories are still in print and selling steadily. His readers respond with passion, writing him thousands of letters and emails every year. In May 1949, the first Black Stallion Club was founded, in Kentucky. Mr. Farley designed a membership button for it; the button was in constant demand among his readers for years. The Black Stallion books were so popular in the late 1940s and '50s that they York Times annual list of best-selling children's books. Three nationwide Black Stallion contests were held. Walter Farley's books have been published abroad in more than 20 countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Israel, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaya, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well as in the United States and Canada.
All his life Walter Farley remained a keen spectator of the racing scene, and he enjoyed nothing more than hobnobbing with horse trainers and other professional horsemen. It is thanks to these people that his books are so full of authentic details of raising and training horses. When not busy working or traveling, Mr. Farley liked to ride dressage and high school Lippizaner horses. He also sailed and sometimes raced his 35-foot auxiliary sloop "Circe."
Mr. Farley and his wife Rosemary, had four children: Pam, Alice, Steve, and Tim, whom they raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and in a beach house in Florida. In addit
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