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Meet Saige, new from American Girl, with wonderful illustrations by Sarah Davis.
Saige loves art, horses, and her grandmother Mimi. But on the first day of classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she discovers that this year her school won't have art. Mimi, an artist, is planning a fundraiser to help raise money for after-school-classes, but when Mimi is injured in an accident, Saige has to carry on with the fundraiser, with the help of old and new friends and a wonderful artistic horse named Picasso.
Back in print
When Gramp, a wily old horse-trader, beings home a little bay mare, Lily is sure she's the perfect horse for a girl who's outgrown her mom's pony. But why is the sweet little mare named Beware? Could she be dangerous? Gramp and Lily set out to find out.
Set in rural Vermont, BEWARE THE MARE is a gentle, realistic horse story for readers just getting comfortable with chapter books. It's been a first novel for many young horse lovers. Illustrations by my sister, Martha Haas, as is the cover art.
Back in Print!
Uncle Daney's Way is a middle-grade novel about a boy, an elderly logger, and a draft horse named Nip. It was on the Texas Bluebonnet Award list in 1997.
The second Saige book from American Girl.
Saige misses the daily painting sessions with her grandmother Mimi, who's still recovering from her accident. Trying to reconnect, she discovers an unused art room in the rehab facility, and helps start weekly art classes there. But there is still no art in school, and even worse, it looks like Mimi needs to sell Georgia, Saige's favorite horse. Saige spends as much time as she can with Georgia, and out on a ride one day she dreams up a way to get the school to start moving on the after school classes--if she has the nerve to carry it through! The story ends with Saige's birthday, during the annual International Balloon Fiesta, and with the absolute perfect birthday present.
Book and model set of Chico's Challenge
CHICO'S CHALLENGE, THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE
A Quarter Horse who's afraid of cows? How can Chico ever become a cutting horse? His new girl Sierra has lots of patience, and Chico has plenty of courage and cow sense, but when he shifts from fearing cows to gleefully chasing them, Sierra's father says he has to go. A night-time coyote attack on the young calves changes everything.
Available as a paperback, an e-book, and as a book and model set. Published by Feiwel and Friends, a division of McMillan Publishing.
Buy the book and model set from Breyer.
BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE, HORSE MEETS GIRL
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"...hits all the right notes." Kirkus
"The narrative voice in this early chapter book is superb—direct, succinct, and easy to read for younger horse lovers, but slyly slanted conceptually to encompass both horse and human perspectives." The Horn Book
"...will instantly find an audience." Library Media Connection
"...expressive, colorful gouache artwork on every page." SLJ
"An engaging horse story for young chapter-book readers and a good read-aloud choice as well." Booklist
A Bank Street Best Book 2013
Bramble is bored with giving riding lessons. When she goes on strike, Mrs. Blenkinsop decides she needs a person of her own. Good idea--but not just any person. Bramble knows she'll have to be picky.
When horse-crazy Maggie meets Bramble, she isn't picky at all. "Bramble is the horse for me," she says. But can Maggie live up to Bramble's high standards? Can Maggie reassure Bramble about the strange new creatures in a suburban back yard? An easy chapter book, with full-color illustrations by Alison Friend. (Candlewick, 2012, 52 pgs.)
Now in paperback
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And check out my husband's new easy reader, PINCH AND DASH MAKE SOUP
available in bookstores and at the Westminster Town Hall
WESTMINSTER, VERMONT, 1735-2000: TOWNSHIP NUMBER ONE
The history of my hometown, a project of the Westminster Historical Society, with an introduction by Governor Peter Shumlin.
Westminster got its first charter from Massachusetts in 1735, making it the oldest chartered town in Vermont. It was the site of the Westminster Massacre, the first fatal conflict of the American Revolution. Vermont declared independence form New York at Westminster, which also hosted the first Vermont printing press. Our first newspaper was printed here, as well as our first paper currency; later the same afternoon, Vermont's first counterfeiting case commenced. Through the centuries Westminster has produced silk, tobacco, wool, fruit and vegetables, and Vermont's first aged sheeps' milk cheese.
A BIG BOX OF CANDY FOR HORSE-LOVERS
2009 Teacher's Choice Award, Children's Category
2009 American Horse Publications Award
How horse-crazy are you? Would you crochet a saddle blanket? Knit a curry comb? Do you like to draw horses, read horse books, watch horse movies, and of course, ride ride ride? HORSE CRAZY is for you. Over 400 pages of facts and fun, with pictures on nearly every page.
Since 1982, I've published 35 books including picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, middle grade novels, young adult novels, poetry, nonfiction for children, and history for adults.
I often hear about one of my stories that "This was the first chapter book my child read from start to finish." Librarian Susan Hessey told me about a fourth-grade boy who came to her one day, hugging RUNAWAY RADISH. "I never thought I could learn to love to read," he said, "and then I found my Radish." We both had tears in our eyes, right in the middle of the Putney Coop.
To quiet a room full of kids, read aloud the first chapter of FIRE! or CHASE, and hear them start to hold their breath. To cry in public, read the second chapter of UNBROKEN. For a canter through the byways of history, read HOOFPRINTS. To learn how to crochet your horse a saddle blanket, or learn how to take pictures of him, read HORSE CRAZY!
You knew, didn't you, that the first blood of the American Revolution was shed at Westminster, Vermont? If not, read REVOLUTIONARY WESTMINSTER.
Published in 2011 from The History Press
REVOLUTIONARY WESTMINSTER: FROM MASSACRE TO STATEHOOD
Published in 2012:
BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE, HORSE MEETS GIRL
from Feiwel and Friends: CHICO'S CHALLENGE
a novel with accompanying horse model from
Breyer and Feiwel & Friends
from History Press: WESTMINSTER, VT., 1735-2000: TOWNSHIP NO. ONE
Coming in 2013
BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE, GIVE AND TAKE
and two mystery books. Tune in January 1 to learn more.
Georgia Children's Book Award Master List 2010
"...a thrilling ride."
New York Times Book Review
A Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
Kliatt (starred review)says, "(Haas) really outdoes herself with this one. Scary and challenging...This is fine historical fiction, with suspense on every page and a courageous young man who is quite a hero.
ALA Booklist says, "Haas writes gracefully and evocatively of boy, horse, and desperate men...a thrilling tale with many opportunities for discussion.
SLJ says, "...the story moves at the same fast pace as the horse and unknown rider...Dialogue and characterization are tops here."
Kirkus says, "...the action and nuanced writing carry the reader pell-mell to a wholly believable end. Haas's best yet for older readers."
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List (Vermont)
New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award Master List
Georgia Children's Book Award Master List