Project Description


Storm Chaser

by Chris Platt

This fast-paced, emotionally satisfying story will please horse fans.

For thirteen-year-old Jessie, living with her family on the dusty Wild Hawk Ranch in Nevada can be a bit lonely. Her friend Marybeth lives a few miles away, but she’s two years younger than Jessie and she can sometimes be a pest.

But Jessie loves the horses her father and brother break in each summer to sell to local ranchers and rodeo competitors. This year, she is determined to help train the horses, especially when she lays eyes on the wild paint filly she names Storm Chaser. When Jessie’s father tells her she is still too young to help with the horses, she deliberately disobeys him by working with the filly behind his back.

Then a fire destroys the barn and Jessie’s family reluctantly turns their ranch into a vacation dude ranch to earn much-needed money. But Jessie is wary of Ariel, a rude and spoiled city girl who always expects to get her way. When Ariel announces she wants to buy Storm Chaser, Jessie’s already fragile world begins to crack. What can she do to keep “her” beloved paint from being sold?

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-496-9
Total Pages: 160
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 133290
AR Reading Level: 5.1
AR Points: 7

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: U
F&P Grade: 5

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 5.3
Reading Counts Points: 11
Reading Counts Interest Level: 3-5


“Lovely horse details, fine characterization and a real sense of family combine to make an excellent book…” ―Kirkus

“The writing flows naturally with succinct descriptions and a light, yet exciting mood that is created from the beginning.” ―School Library Journal


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association 2010

Golden Sower Award (nominee, intermediate) ―Nebraska Library Association 2011-2012

Mark Twain Readers Award (nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians 2011-2012

Children’s Crown Award (nominee) ―National Christian School Association 2011-2012

Meet the Author

Chris Platt, one of the first female jockeys in Oregon, is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the popular horse novels Willow King, its sequel Race the Wind, and many titles in the Thoroughbred series. She lives in Nevada.