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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marguerite Henry Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743572514
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Nobody could capture the phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white "map" on her shoulders was her mark of freedom.

Paul and Maureen Beebe had their hearts set on owning her. They were itching to buy and tame her, and worked hard to earn the money she would cost. But the roundup men had tried to capture her and for two years she had escaped them...

Pony Penning Day holds a surprise for everyone, for Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but her newborn colt as well. Can Paul and Maureen possibly earn enough to buy them both?

Marguerite Henry's Newbery Honor Book has captivated generations of boys and girls both with its thrilling descriptions of true incidents from the tiny island of Chincoteague, and its realistic yet wonderfully magical atmosphere. This story of an animal brought into captivity poignantly reveals the powerful opposing forces of humans and nature. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thrilling and long-to-be-remembered tale.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A thrilling and long-to-be remembered tale. San Fransisco Chronicle
  • “This classic is well served by the skilled Herrmann, who combines earnestness with a sense of humor.” 

    AudioFile

  • Newbery Honor

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Maze | 2/13/2014

    " I have loved all of Henry's work since I was a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabell Rennie | 2/13/2014

    " I don't really remember too much about this book, but because it was a horse book I probably liked it! : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 2/11/2014

    " I ABOSOLUTLY LOVED this book!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Currie | 2/10/2014

    " I must have read this book a 100 times when I was young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thalia | 2/9/2014

    " Read oh-so-long ago, but I enjoyed it as a wee thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne G. | 2/5/2014

    " When I was little, I was horse crazy. I read every book possible about horses. I know I read Misty, but I didn't remember it as a favorite. A reread revealed why: the little girl isn't allowed to participate in the round-up because she isn't a boy. She shares her brother's dream of buying Phantom at the next round-up, and she works extra chores to add to their savings. When it comes to the big race, a pull on a wishbone gives the boy the right to ride Phantom. I always felt as though he should have let his sister have that bit of glory since he got to do everything else! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book as a child, so I wanted to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 2/2/2014

    " FANTASTIC!!! I loved this book so much!! My mom was a horse fan when she was a kid, and she got me into these books. They were confusing to me when i was a kid, but they were a lot better when i turned 10. i really loved this series, and i think you should read it too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " Very good books. I really want to visit the area and get my own Chincoteague pony after reading these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meri B | 1/28/2014

    " This book blew my mind in 3rd grade "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinah | 1/25/2014

    " Huge childhood favorite. Lovely story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 1/23/2014

    " This was BY FAR my favorite book as a child. I have also read Henry's other books and loved them all, but Misty was my favorite. She had a way of drawing me in to the drama of Misty's life. Very well written for young readers. It fueled my love of horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 1/23/2014

    " I recently re-read this book and was delighted to find that it matched my happy memories. This is a great story inspired by actual events. Anyone want to road trip to Assateague Island with me? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arielle Cheshire | 1/21/2014

    " Going to Chincoteague Island is on my bucket list because of this book and all the follow-up stories of Misty's descendants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 1/14/2014

    " it was special because of horses spirits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/14/2014

    " A cute children's book, but forgettable. Mostly my kids wanted to read it after visiting Chincoteague. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa Cascade | 1/13/2014

    " A classic from the mists of my horse-crazy girlhood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 1/6/2014

    " A fun read. The kids enjoyed it and, despite what other reviewers have said, we found it quite engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/3/2014

    " A classic, which I read countless time as a young'un. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Krause | 12/21/2013

    " A great book for kids, packed with excitement, dramatic language, and wonderful horses, as well as a little history. Now it all seems a bit unrealistic, but that's part of the fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/21/2013

    " A wonderful series for horse crazy kids. I loved the series when I was younger and read them several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 12/19/2013

    " My all-time favorite book as a kid. I literally tried to memorize it (I think I only made it through the first two pages on that!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 12/14/2013

    " I grew up going to Chincoteague for summer vacation and I absolutely adored this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/13/2013

    " I think this is a really good book, I mean what little girl did like horse when they were little! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 12/2/2013

    " I enjoyed this uplifting tale of the spirit of a wonderful pony. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena Hillbrand | 11/24/2013

    " Cute, generic horse book. Nothing spectacular, read it mostly for the location. Interested in Chincoteague and Assoteague islands. It had a little information on them. Simple, easy, clear writing, decent story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anie | 11/20/2013

    " How I loved this when I was little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peebee | 11/5/2013

    " I remembered this fondly from my childhood, and so when I had to read a children's book for a challenge, it was a natural choice. It held up really well over the years, and means even more not that I've been to Assateague and Chincoteague. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 11/3/2013

    " This is just one of those stories where you realize "Oh wait...I'm reading about talking horses." Sorry horse fans, this doesn't really do it for me anymore. I used to like it, but now it's just blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greenegirl | 11/3/2013

    " I flew from Orlando to Baltimore today and read this book on the plane. Later this week my mother, sister, and I are spending a couple days on Chincoteague. I have never read this book before and wanted to read it before we go. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 10/24/2013

    " Not even gonna lie- this book was insanely boring. It doesn't help that I'm NOT an animal person but I mean, really. Seriously? Yawn. I'm sure this book was a wonder for all those little girls who wanted ponies but- meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris Lawrence | 10/6/2013

    " A story about the wild ponies who inhabit Assateague Island in VA. Once a year some are rounded up on pony penning day and sold at auction for breaking. This is the story of 2 children who tame the wildest of the horses, Phantom, and her colt whom they name Misty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RaineBo | 8/27/2013

    " Just as good as I remembered! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/22/2013

    " Horses and adventure who doesn't love Misty? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hurtig | 6/7/2013

    " Had to read this again since I was visiting Chincoteague. It was nice being able to actually see the scenes from the book that was one of my childhood favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta | 2/28/2013

    " This was a stroll down memory lane for me. As a child I read just about every book Henry wrote. But I had somehow managed to miss this one. Transported me back a few years and then some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pdoe | 2/18/2013

    " THE book that made me a reader. I loved horses. I loved the stories. I loved the illustrations. I still want to see Chincoteague. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louisa | 2/12/2013

    " It was an okay book, yet again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/6/2013

    " A classic, which I read countless time as a young'un. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Choate | 1/6/2013

    " While this wasn't my favorite Marguerite Henry book as a child, re-reading it has certainly brought back a lot of good memories. Also, a reminder that Henry was a very good authors... similar, onomonpeia (sp?)... the whole package. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mdprier | 12/3/2012

    " It just was not the same as I remember reading in elementary. Maybe because horses are not a big interest any more. The excitement is lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 12/1/2012

    " I grew up going to Chincoteague for summer vacation and I absolutely adored this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 10/30/2012

    " One of my favorites from when I was younger. Must read for all the horse loving young girls out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Jameson | 7/24/2012

    " Love this book as a child! The whole series was wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 7/20/2012

    " Beautifully written and illustrated. A classic. Read it as a girl and loved it. Recently bought a beautiful hard cover edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/18/2012

    " One of the first books I ever bought with my own money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 4/16/2012

    " This book is about a boy named Paul and a girl named maureen. Paul is going to catch ponys for pony penning day. He wants to catch the phantom. Will he? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gabrielle | 4/16/2012

    " This book bored me to death so i stopped reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lola Franco | 3/31/2012

    " re-read to my kids. i still loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 3/1/2012

    " I loved this book so so so much that I'm going to Chincoteague this summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/12/2012

    " Another story about a horse which I loved I loved the books by Marguerite Henry. I was fascinated by horses then. Looking at books she wrote now,and back then were only 3. I would love being a child now with all the books Marguerite wrote. I would have lots of reading to do "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/6/2012

    " A very memorable homeschool read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/5/2012

    " Will always remind me of my Pop-Pop and our families trips to CI/AI. This book will forever be close to my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 12/6/2011

    " I liked the book because Misty was a really good horse and Phantom was pretty. And I liked it that Phantom had a foal so that people could catch her and then she went back in the wild. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 9/19/2011

    " i will see the ponies swim one summer. i will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 9/5/2011

    " I think this is a really good book, I mean what little girl did like horse when they were little! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 8/17/2011

    " I loved these Marguerite Henry stories -- great for the young horse-lover in all of us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Lynn Thomas | 7/21/2011

    " I never got into the whole horse obsession a lot girls I knew did, but I did enjoy these books and very briefly took horseback riding lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leila | 6/27/2011

    " Kids have liked this book, though it hasn't resonated with them the way Understood Betsy or Black Beauty did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 5/17/2011

    " this is a wonderful book. Even if you an't a horse lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/11/2011

    " My all time favorite horse story. I grew up wanting my very own Chincoteauge Pony and now today I get to call Chincoteague home. I still don't have my own pony, but I get to visit them everyday on Assateague!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim (Raper) | 5/7/2011

    " Read many times as a child, even have the Breyer Horse Collectible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/6/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books as a kid, one which I read several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 4/19/2011

    " A childhood favorite of a friend of mine. I have never read the Misty books and enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 4/18/2011

    " This was a family read aloud. We enjoyed it. It was my copy from when I was a kid. Fun story with some adventure. Emphasizes family, hard work, goal setting. The dialogue is fun to read out loud and the illustrations are cute. My kids begged for me to continue reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 3/8/2011

    " Hands down my favorite book as a child. I remember my mother reading this book to me as a child! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 3/3/2011

    " After i read this book i wanted a chincoteague pony sooooooooooooooooooooo bad but then i got my pony and yah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/15/2011

    " Typical horse story, a boy and girl want a horse, save up there money. Don't get the horse, get the horse by act of kindness, happily ever after. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianne | 2/12/2011

    " This one gets extra points as it was one of the books that made me fall in love with reading. I loved this story so much that I named my dog "Misty" in honor of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/5/2011

    " Austin and I enjoyed reading together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/30/2011

    " Really good. One of Marguerite Henry's best. I dont remember all of it though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meri | 1/30/2011

    " This book blew my mind in 3rd grade "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/26/2011

    " The boys enjoyed this but will like it even better as they get older- they both wanted horses after it and think they can just go find a wild one! "

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About the Author
Author Marguerite Henry

Marguerite Henry is the author of the popular Horseshoe Library, which includes such titles as Misty of Chincoteague; Stormy, Misty’s Foal; Brighty of the Grand Canyon; and King of the Wind.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.