Horse Sense

The Story of Will Sasse, His Horse Star, and the Outlaw Jesse James

From the Series Adventures in Time

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Will Sasse is sick of his pa’s slow, careful ways. Pa says only sturdy workhorses are worth raising out in farm country. Will wants to raise beautiful pleasure horses like his mare, Star. So what if it’s a risk? Will wishes Pa was more like Jesse, a daring new friend. When Will is caught in a bloody shootout and a fatally botched bank robbery, he realizes that his friend is really the outlaw Jesse James. The James Gang is escaping—and they’re taking Star with them. Will joins a posse in pursuit of the outlaws. As the posse closes in, Will realizes that he must make a choice—what kind of life does he really want?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV016140, JUV001000, JUV039220
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 690
ATOS Reading Level 5.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 53786
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Awards, Maps, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2001



“Schultz spins a fragment of family lore into an adventure well stocked with horses, family conflict, and old-fashioned gunfights.”

Publishers Weekly

“. . .this fast-paced novel offers crackling adventure in a colorful period setting. . . a satisfying read.”
Publishers Weekly


“This wonderful, simple story tells of a boy living in the Wild West of Minnesota.”