The Series

The Black Stallion® (1941)

First published in 1941, Walter Farley’s best-selling novel for young readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and the Black’s first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt attention of readers new and old.
Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages;
Pub Date: August 1991; ISBN: 0-679-81343-8
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The Black Stallion Returns (1945)

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.
Winner 1945 – Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 208 pages 1st bullse edition (August 1991), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0679813446 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.59 x 7.64 x 5.20
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Son of the Black Stallion (1947)

When Alec receives the Black Stallion’s first son as a gift, he believes his dreams have come true, but Satan’s savage arrogance makes him dangerous and unpredictable. Still, Alec is resolved to gain the fiery colt’s trust, even if he must risk his life to do it.
Ages 9-12, Paperback 1 edition (January 1995), Random Hous (Merchandising)
ISBN: 0679813454 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 7.63 x 5.16
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The Island Stallion (1948)

A boy and his archeologist friend spend two weeks on a desolate Caribbean island where they discover a hidden valley, underground tunnels built by Spanish Conquistadors,and a wild flame-colored stallion.
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 224 pages Reissue edition (April 1980), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0394843762 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 7.62 x 5.15
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The Black Stallion and Satan (1949)

Alec Ramsey gets the chance to discover which of his two stallions–the Black or his son, Satan–is faster when the two horses must race for their lives from a raging forest fire.
When the Black is returned to Alec Ramsey, the whole racing world, including Alec himself, wonders which horse is faster: the great stallion or his son, Satan.

The Black Stallion’s Blood Bay Colt (1951)

Veteran driver Jimmy Creech pins his hopes on making a comeback in harness racing with Bonfire, the second son of the Black Stallion, but his hopes are dashed by ill health and the inexperience of his young apprentice, Tom. A boy is entrusted to attend the birth, train, and drive a blood bay colt that is the great hope of an aging reinsman who refuses to be reconciled to the fact that sulky-racing has moved from the county fair to the big night time, moneymaking raceways.
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 288 pages Reprint edition (May 1994) , Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0679813470 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 7.63 x 5.16

Island Stallion’s Fury (1951)

Pitch and Steve’s secret island valley is discovered and invaded by a hard and vicious man, who is a threat to the island stallion and his band.

Black Stallion’s Filly (1952)

The Black has a daughter with his temper. Can she win? Henry buys the firstborn daughter of the Black named Black Minx. She has the fiery temper and his speed of her famous sire but can Henry and Alec get her to run when they want her to run and not when she wants to, to win the Kentucky Derby.
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Black Stallion Revolts (1953)

When his wild black stallion revolts against the routine and schedule of stable life, becoming a killer and a threat, a plane crash thwarts Alec’s plans to give the Black a free run in the desert and brings danger to both boy and horse.

Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt (1954)

A racing accident resulting in a frightened horse and an injured driver leads Alec Ramsey and Henry Dailey to try harness racing, working a son of the Black toward the Hambletonian.
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The Island Stallion Races (1955)

Two visitors from another world enter the secret valley of Azul Island and provide Steve with a chance to see how Flame can do in competition with the world’s fastest horses.
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Black Stallion’s Courage (1956)

With Henry and Alec needing money to rebuild their barn, the black stallion comes out of retirement to run a match race against two of the greatest horses of all time.
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The Black Stallion Mystery (1957)

The arrival of three strikingly handsome colts in the U. S. leads Alec Ramsey to believe that the sire of his world-famous black stallion is still alive. His quest takes him back to Arabia.
Ages 9-12, Paperback Reprint edition (March 1992), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0679827005 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 7.61 x 5.16
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The Horse Tamer (1958)

A late eighteenth-century carriage maker turns professional horse-tamer, and deals with many vicious or badly trained horses, and one unscrupulous showman.

While waiting for a delayed airplane, old Henry Dailey, the Black’s trainer, tells young Alec Ramsay a story of his own youth, travelling with his brother, Bill. Bill Dailey’s talent as a horse-whisperer was unmatched in the days before the automobile and young Henry tells of an unscrupulous con-man who mistreats horses into behaving temporarily. Bill is determined to show that the man is a fraud, but can he unmask the con without getting hurt?

Walter Farley experimented with many genres of writing and here, in his only foray into historical fiction, he weaves a fascinating tale of life when horses were the primary means of transportation.

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The Black Stallion and Flame (1960)

A plane crash leaves the Black stranded on a desert island with that other legendary Farley stallion–Flame. Their struggle for power turns into a struggle for survival when the two horses fight a deadly vampire bat. A plane wreck at sea separates Alec and the Black until the search for a rabid vampire bat leads the boy to Flame’s island sanctuary.
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 176 pages Reissue edition (November 1991), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0679820205 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.61 x 5.14
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Man O’ War (1962)

A fictionalized biography of the American race horse who won twenty of twenty-one races, told by a stable boy who grew up with the great horse. A compelling and factually accurate account ot the trials of training a thoroughbred.
Ages 9-12, Paperback Reissue edition (October 1983), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0394860152 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.93 x 7.60 x 5.16, Hardcover Edition.
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The Black Stallion Challenged! (1964)

Alec Ramsey, racing the Black in Florida over the winter, receives a letter from Steve Duncan which results in the island stallion’s challenging the champion.
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The Black Stallion’s Ghost (1969)

A peaceful Florida vacation is transformed into a nightmare, when Alec Ramsay and the Black stumble upon a mysterious horseman and his ghostly gray mare in the heart of the Everglades.
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 166 pages Reprint edition (May 1995), Random House (Merchandising);
ISBN: 0679869506 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.58 x 5.16
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The Black Stallion and the Girl (1971)

Alec Ramsay has a hard time persuading his partners to retain the girl he hires as a trainer and an even harder time convincing them to let her race the Black Stallion when Alec is suspended as a jockey.
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The Black Stallion Legend (1983)

The black stallion helps save an Indian tribe during a time of disaster, thereby fulfilling an ancient prophecy.
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The Young Black Stallion (1989)

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?
Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages; Pub Date: November 2003; ISBN: 0-375-82935-0
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Books by Steven Farley

The Black Stallion and The Shapeshifter (2009)

Chapter 1 is available as PDF


After being injured while racing in Ireland’s famous Foster Stakes, the Black and Alec head to the Irish coast to recuperate. While there, they are charmed by the pleasant people and intrigued by tales of the kelpie, a shape-shifting creature of myth who carries unsuspecting riders off to a watery grave. Alec meets a lonely local girl, Mora, who has found a stray pony.

The Black Stallion and The Shapeshifter
By Steven Farley, Hardback only,
Released on January 13, 2009
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Young Black Stallion – The Promise (1998)

Danielle Conners is devastated when her parents sell the family’s horse farm, including her horse, Redman. She feels rage toward young Alec Ramsay, the famous jockey who plans to buy the farm for his race horses, including the legendary Black Stallion. While Danielle can’t help but be smitten by Alec’s special black colt, she refuses to break her vow to Redman that the two of them will be reunited . . . no matter what it takes
Ages 9-12
Paperback – 136 pages Reprint edition (1998), Random House (Merchandising); ISBN: 0679891412 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.58 x 5.16
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Young Black Stallion, 2 – A Horse Called Raven

Danielle is working at Alec Ramsay’s stable, but she still has a long way togo before she can buy back Redman. When a dangerous flu virus strikes a neighboring farm and most of the horses are moved, Danielle is crushed to learn she’s temporarily out of a job. Then the little black colt to whom she’s beginning to grow attached falls ill, and Danielle’s priorities begin to change…
Ages 9-12, Paperback – 136 pages Reprint edition (1998), Random House (Merchandising); ISBN: 0679891420 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.58 x 5.16
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Young Black Stallion, 3 – The Homecoming

Danielle is thrilled to be helping Alec Ramsay escort a vanload of race horses from New York to Florida, but the trip is more hazardous than anyone had imagined. Can Danielle and Alec make it safely home with their precious cargo?
Reading level: Ages 9-12, Paperback 3 edition (June 1999), Random House (Merchandising); ISBN: 067989358X; Dimensions (in inches): 0.44 x 7.62 x 5.19, Other Editions: Hardcover
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Young Black Stallion, 4 – Wild Spirit

For Danielle Connors, it’s shaping up to be the best Christmas ever. But Raven, the young racehorse she is training, is jealous of the time spent with her own horse, Redman, and Danielle is torn. If Raven is to be manageable as a racehorse someday, he must learn to share territory with other horses, but can he?
Reading level: Ages 9-12, Paperback – 122 pages 4 edition (June 1999), Random House (Merchandising); ISBN: 0679893598 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 7.66 x 5.18,
Other Editions: Hardcover
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Young Black Stallion, 5 – The Yearling

Joanie Schwartz (Illustrator). Once again, Danielle must adjust to life without her beloved horse Redman. She turns to Raven for comfort, but the brash young colt is more full of himself than ever. Despite her best efforts, he doesn’t seem to care whether she is around or not. Can Danielle give up her secret hope of being the colt’s best friend?
Reading level: Ages 9-12, Library Binding – 144 pages (August 1999), Random House; ISBN: 0375900918
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Young Black Stallion, 6 – Hard Lessons

Joanie Schwartz (Illustrator). Reading level: Ages 9-12, Library Binding – 144 pages (December 1999), Random Library; ISBN: 0375900926
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From The Black Stallion Series

The Young Black Stallion (1989)

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.
Random House; Written by Walter Farley and Steven Farley; Trade Paperback, 160 pages; November 2003; Also available as a trade paperback.
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Black Stallion’s Shadow

After a tragedy at the race track leaves the Black afraid of his own shadow, Alec turns to the eccentric Hollywood horse trainer Wes Taylor for help, but the Black Stallion’s recovery and his future racing career is threatened by a series of mysterious mishaps plaguing the ranch.
Random House; Trade Paperback, 192 pages; April 2000
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The Black Stallion’s Steeplechaser

Because of his unruly nature and unpredictable behavior, Black Storm, the son of the Black Stallion, may have to be sold, unless Alec can prove that the magnificent animal can indeed be a champion.
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