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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Phin Chase witnesses a violent murder, he knows he must leave town. But no matter how fast he runs and where he hides, there is always someone close behind. Who is it? And what does he want? Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, this adrenaline–laced novel features a horse with the ability to track like a bloodhound, a resilient hero, a mystery that will keep readers ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Greenwillow Books (first published April 1st 2007)
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Emily Eastman
Really I give this a 3.5. This book was enjoyable. There was some suspense, drama, and mystery but not enough for my taste. I really wish Phin wouldn't have seen the face of the man who murdered Engelbreit that way this book would've had even more action and mystery. Maybe, just a thought here, Phin could've been running from the man on the horse thinking that was the person who murdered Engelbreit. That would've been way more suspenseful. I also wish we would've had more time to get to know the ...more
Mason Draper
This book was a great book it had a few things I didn't like and a few things I very much enjoyed.

The story really starts with a bang. (no pun intended) The next 10-20 pages are pretty boring, but soon after gets very engaging. The main character is a boy, but out smarts a few adults in it. I really liked him too. I would recommend it if you need a historical fiction and like adventures.

I'm glad I read this. All in all it was a good book.
Jensen Gomez
Chase by Jesse Haas is kinda fast and adventurous. It is for people who like mystery of action. I give it a 3 only because it was kind of boring in parts of the book. My favorite part of the book was the ending when plume let him go and didn't even care, as long as he was going to "Canada".
Chase is about a boy named Phin who was watching when Plume murdered Engelbrit. Now he's on the run because the sleepers have it pinned on him. Thing is this won't be and easy ride to justice, for he has two d
Suspensful and dramatic escape tale, set in post-civil war mining town, with a sympathetic teenage hero accused of murder and on the run almost from page one until the very end.
Brent Jackson
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Emily B
I gave Chase a four star because overall it was suspenseful and exciting! Most of the time while I was reading this book, I just wanted to jump up and scream! This mystery book is very interesting and surprising at the end! You think you know exactly what will happen, but when you really find out it blows your mind! I would suggest reading this book to people who love mystery, suspense, and action! This book is where the enemy unites with the hero to fight off the real enemy! Chase is a unique b ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I really enjoyed this story. There was a lot of adventure and history which made it interesting. Every time I thought Phin was caught for sure, he would get away. But what made the story realistic for me was Phin's flaws. He was not a perfect character. He made mistakes and he had to struggle with his conscience a few times. Even more realistic was how he lost important items. Phin did not have ready access to food, water, clothing, fire and shelter, which made his struggle the more thrilling. A ...more
Chase is about a boy called Phineas Chase. Phin has just witnessed a murder of a close friend, and the murderers are out to get him because of a paper that contains unknown things which was inside Ned Plume’s wallet that he was supposed to be returning but had taken it with him out of fear that he wouldn’t have to come in contact with a murderer.

Along the way Phin is chased through forests, rivers, falls into a dog hole that is meant to catch wild dogs, and ends up being tracked by a horse and
A youth novel about a boy in a coal mining town who witnessed the murder of a mining boss and was on the run from both the killer and a Pinkerton agent. It was actually pretty good, and the history was quite interesting—-set right after the civil war when unions and Molly Maguires were facing off against owners. I picked the book up at a library sale because of the picture of the horse on the front. And in fact it did feature a magnificent horse that could actually act like a bloodhound to track ...more
May 11, 2009 Jennie added it
Recommends it for: Recommended
Recommended to Jennie by: C.B. at SW
A high action thriller that takes place in a coal mining town in eastern Pennsylvania during the mid 1900’s. Phin witnesses a murder, is accused of that murder, and runs for his life. He is pursued by men
one of which rides a horse that can “smell” him. Phin must use his wits to stay hidden until he has a plan to save himself. Grades 3-6.
CHASE starts off with a bang, and then fizzles towards the end. There's a great deal of suspense and action and then in the last 30 pages or so it all seems to come together in a neat little package. That said, I do think readers will enjoy this story, especially the horse that can track like a bloodhound.
Susan Miller
A gun shot. A dead body. A chance to run. A Chase through the country from a coal mining area. Can an innocent boy out wit two men? Not when one of the men has a horse that acts like a blood hound.
Set in a post-civil war mining town, Chase is more chasing than character development. Though it was nice to see the Phineas overcome his fears to join a family as he ran from the unknown man on the horse.
Michael Daley
This book begins with a gunshot and ends with a gunshot and there's barely time for a reader to take a sustaining breath from the moment Phin begins his desperate run for his life!
Pam Dick
This was a YA book. It had an interesting theme I had not read before. A horse was used for tracking a young boy who was accused of murder. An easy but very interesting read.
Caitlyn Santi
3.5 stars
Because I am afraid that it really didn't hold my attention the way I hoped it would! But it was still very enjoyable!!! :D
I love the adventure and the smartness of the boy! I love the plot and Climax
Really breath-taking
A bit confusing, but good. An awesome story, kept me hooked the whole time. Loved it!
i loved that book.It was so interesting...The boy is okay ....Aww i miss it though!
Great boy book. But girls will find it hard to put down as well.
I thought it was about horses but it's sort of historical fiction.
This books was good but a little droning on and confusing
Ginny Churchill
Can the boy prove he is not guilty of the murder?
.......all in all, it was a good book.
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Jessie Haas has written over 35 books for children and adults, many about horses--a lifelong passion. She currently owns a Morgan mare, Robin, who is being clicker-trained to be a trail and pasture-dressage horse. She lives in a small, off-grid house in the woods with husband Michael J. Daley, two cats and a dog. When not writing or riding or reading she likes to knit, cook, and write, or ride, or ...more
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