Jessie Haas

award-winning children's horse books


The Horse Lover's Encyclopedia
Bramble and Maggie books
Four early readers about a horse and her girl
Early Readers
Help beginners onto that tall horse called Reading. Easy chapter books including Bramble and Maggie
Picture Book
A picture book about the sweet science of maple sugar. Illustrations by Jos. A. Smith
History for children and adults
history for children and adults
Middle-grade novel
Horses from prehistory to today, our ecstatic and tangled relationship with them, and their powerful effect on history, explored in many kinds of poems. YA and As of all ages who love horses and histlry.
Middle-grade and YA novels
Saige, American Girl of the Year Chico's Challenge, Chase
My Stable
e-books and out-of-print editions


When a new girl, Chess, moves in next door, it looks like the solution to a long lonely summer for farm-girl Joni. She loves her parents' sheep farm, and riding her horse Archie, but it's harder to get together with friends. So this could be good, right?
But Chess is a vegan and an animal rights activist, who asks awkward questions. Do sheep like to be milked? Why is it okay to keep animals, make them work, eat them? And what should be done about the miniature horses down the road, who (to Chess) are clearly being abused?
Joni draws back from the new friendship--until Chess does something so awful, there's nothing to do but plunge in and help.

RESCUE is set (more or less) on Patch Farm, the home of the Vermont Shepherd cheese company owned by my childhood friend David Major.
Last week I went down there on the exact week that RESCUE begin, the last week of school, and took some pictures. Here is where Joni lives, and and she's there in the cheese shop, inside her book.

RESCUE, one of two books out this year that feature Vermont Shepherd

The big field that Joni rides across, and Mrs. Abernathy drives across

The cheese shop

The barn, where the kittens live, the sheep are milked, and Archie shelters from the black-flies

The cheese house, where the award-winning cheeses are made