Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

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Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.
For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper.

Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.


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About Kirby Larson

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When KIRBY LARSON was researching Hattie Big Sky, she came across a 1920s photo of a Montana farm girl in overalls standing next to an exquisite Japanese doll. Kirby wondered what was the story behind their meeting? She did some research to satisfy her curiosity, but it would be several years before she could turn her full attention to the Friendship Dolls' story. Now here it is for readers everywhere.
 
Published December 26, 2007 by Yearling. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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And though Charlie Hawley wants to marry her, Hattie fears that “saying yes to him was saying no to myself.” She needs to find her place in the world, a place she has concluded is “connected to the working end of a pen.” Larson’s prodigious research allows her to accurately recreate San Francisco...

Dec 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

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What dreams would lead a 16-year-old to leave her safe home in Arlington, Iowa, and take a chance on a homestead claim in Montana?

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What dreams would lead a 16-year-old to leave her safe home in Arlington, Iowa, and take a chance on a homestead claim in Montana?

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

Publishers Weekly

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Hattie Inez Brooks, the determined 17-year-old heroine of Larson's Newbery Honor–winning Hattie Big Sky, returns in this follow-up set in 1919.

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I stood watching the train a bit longer, picturing Charlie patting the pocket where he’d placed the wishing stone I’d given him.

Feb 28 2007 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

BC Books

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Hattie Big Sky is a novel for young adults that is set in the year 1918, an interesting time in our history.

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Examiner

It seems Uncle Chester was her mother's brother and as his closest living relative, Hattie is now the owner of his homestead claim near Vida, Montana.

Nov 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

New York Journal of Books

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When a vaudeville act comes to town and offers her a job, Hattie grabs the chance to move to San Francisco, where she can chase her dream of becoming a big-time newspaper reporter.The San Francisco of 1919 presents the strong but naïve young Hattie with a bewildering array of people and possibili...

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Teen Reads

Readers who grew up on Laura Ingalls Wilder will love HATTIE BIG SKY, though Hattie also will draw new fans to this inspiring, powerful tale.

Sep 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Hattie Ever After is the sequel to Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky, and describes life in San Francisco in 1919.

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

Common Sense Media

Readers may surprised at the unpredictable ending, but that will only lead them excitedly to the sequel, Hattie Ever After, where Hattie's adventure continues.

Sep 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

KidsReads

The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!WARNING: If you haven't yet read HATTIE BIG SKY, there are spoilers for that book in this review of the sequel.We all know how Hattie Brooks' adventures homesteading her uncle's claim turned out (and if you don't, what are you waiting for?

Jan 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

Good E-Reader

It was so real to readers because it was real to the author, who pieced Hattie’s story together from family stories and historical accuracy.

Feb 11 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Big Sky

Project MUSE

In this sequel to Hattie Big Sky (BCCB 3/07), it’s 1919 and seventeen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks is off to San Francisco on a dual mission—to accrue the experiences and opportunities that will turn her into a professional writer, and to trace the mystery of the love token that arrived in ...

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Youth Services Book Review

Hattie is an orphan who has been farmed out to whichever distant relative needs a kid they can put to work.

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