Search Results: "Jessie Haas"


BOOK REVIEW

JESSIE by Judy Alter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1995

"A portrait that's in the end more superficial than perceptive."
From an award-winning Western writer (Libbie, not reviewed) comes the story of real-life Jessie Benton Fremont, covering the years 1839-90—a historical short on psychological insight if long on factual details and the romance of adventure. Read full book review >

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SHAPER by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"She draws a convincing portrait of Chad, a nice kid whose adolescent self-absorption, compounded by his personal loss, temporarily makes him intolerable. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Chad Holloway's beloved dog, Shep, was shot and killed by Chad's grandfather. Read full book review >

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BEWARE THE MARE by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen, but the jacket painting by Lindsay Barrett George is unusually appealing. (Fiction. 6-12)"
The mare Gramp brings home seems perfect in every way; neither Lily, an experienced rider who has outgrown her pony, nor Gramp himself, a knowledgeable horse trader when he's not at work at his job on the town roads, can find anything the matter with her. Read full book review >

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WESTMINSTER WEST by Jessie Haas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"Haas's chronicle of chores, concerns, and motives of members of the community makes for a thought-provoking story of the expectations of men and women after the Civil War, and the tensions caused when one of them changes the rules. (Fiction. 10+)"
In 1884 Vermont, two sisters confront their natures—one the workhorse of the family, one the delicate invalid—in a historical novel from Haas (Clean House, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHASE by Jessie Haas
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

"Haas's best yet for older readers. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
When aptly named Phin Chase witnesses a murder in brutal Pennsylvania coal country in 1875, he knows at once he'll be blamed. Read full book review >

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UNCLE DANEY'S WAY by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A richly satisfying story of ordinary people doing some extraordinary problem solving. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Since Mom's Uncle Daney—in a wheelchair since a logging accident—has no one else, Cole's family takes him in even though their own finances are tight: They've just bought the Vermont farmland their modest trailer occupies. Read full book review >

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HOOFPRINTS by Jessie Haas
POETRY
Released: March 1, 2004

"Ambitious, accomplished, adventuresome. (Poetry. 10+)"
Haas takes the idea that poetry can tell stories a step further than usual here: into history, more specifically, the history of the horse. Read full book review >

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UNBROKEN by Jessie Haas
Released: March 1, 1999

"Readers will be comforted by the cozy denouement, and by Haas's evocative descriptions of Vermont in the early years of this century. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A heartfelt but awkwardly paced novel of an orphan finding her way in 1910 Vermont. Read full book review >

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SKIPPING SCHOOL by Jessie Haas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A fine performance, expanding on the concerns for animal rights and the characters introduced in The Sixth Sense (1988). (Fiction. 12+)"
Dad is terminally ill, and Phillip's parents have left their midwestern farm and moved to New England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HORSE LIKE BARNEY by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Haas lets Sarah balance heart, mind, and her own good sense in admirable fashion before engineering a wholly satisfying (if not unexpected) conclusion. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In Keeping Barney (1982), Sarah, 13, cared for the bright, feisty horse while his owner, Missie, was at college. Read full book review >

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BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2012

"A story like a good lesson horse: easy, pleasant, workmanlike, well-suited to beginning and intermediate riders—er, readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
A bored lesson horse finds understanding. Read full book review >

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CLEAN HOUSE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Not content with chewed shoes, skidding rugs, and overturned furniture, Haas (Mowing, 1994, etc.) turns a dog, a cat, a string toy, and a vacuum cleaner into an inspired moment of comic lunacy. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Tess is glad that Kate, ``the cousin she'd liked best last year at the big family picnic,'' is coming for a visit, but her mother, remembering Aunt Alice's spotless house, rushes to exile the family pets and remove all of their cheerful, feel-good clutter. Read full book review >