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  The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Review by: Mark H.
Nebraska, Grade 4

Walter Farley got his love for horses when his uncle (who was a professional horseman.) taught him about tricks for horses. This is very much like the story when a boy gets taught by his friend. In the story of The Black Stallion, Alec has enjoyed a trip with his uncle in India and is going home on a boat. A strange man comes aboard with the other passengers. The strange man has a stallion that Alec wants. When a storm happens everybody including the strange man falls off the deck. Alec knows the horse is his.

Jumping out of the boat, the horse swims with Alec to a deserted island. Alec then trains the horse that saved his life. A fire happens on the island and Alec puts it out. Some sailors see the smoke and rush to the island. Later,Alec and the Stallion come to New York. The Stallion is a little afraid of the city but soon he is resting in a stable. Alec meets a professional horse trainer who once was a jockey. Alec has experienced how the Stallion can run because of the training on the island. On the day of the big race Alec and the Stallion have to race against two horses: Cyclone the fastest horse in the west and Sunraider the fastest horse in the east. Can the Stallion be the fastest horse in the United States? Read the book to find out!

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