Plot: The annual Pony Penning Day, which occurs on Chincoteague Island, is the setting for this story. All of the people and ponies mentioned in this story were real, including siblings Maureen and Paul Beebe and Grandma and Grandpa Beebe, and, of course, Misty and the Phantom. The likeable siblings, Paul and Maureen, are living with their grandparents. They have their hearts set on a pony, and lo and behold, the Phantom, a mysterious feral pony, delivers a scrawny foal that flounders on the swim from Assateague Island. Paul jumps into the water to help the foal keep her head above water. The foal is too young to be sold at penning day and needs a home. There, that’s the set up, enjoy.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading Level: Ages 9 to 12
Review: I read this book when I was a child. It was a favorite book then—as were all of Ms. Henry’s stories—and the tale of Misty and the annual roundup of the ponies on the island is as appealing as ever.
Awards: Newbery Book Honor