Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

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After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. A letter and love token from Uncle Chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world. Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks. 
 

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 February 12, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Plucky Hattie Inez Brooks, star of Hattie Big Sky (2006), returns to try to find her place in the world.

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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.

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Ever After

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While the conflict in this fast-moving sequel might not encompass the first novel’s dramatic descriptions of such life-or-death matters as hunger, racism and war, Hattie Ever After packs in plenty of high stakes risks to engage both new and returning fans of Hattie.

Feb 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Ever After

BookPage

Good news for fans of Hattie Inez Brooks, the likeable, intrepid heroine of the Newbery Honor book Hattie Big Sky: Thanks to many requests from readers, award-winning author Kirby Larson has penned a sequel to Hattie’s story, which takes her from Montana into an unexpected—and newsworthy—direction.

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Ever After

BookPage

Good news for fans of Hattie Inez Brooks, the likeable, intrepid heroine of the Newbery Honor book Hattie Big Sky: Thanks to many requests from readers, award-winning author Kirby Larson has penned a sequel to Hattie’s story, which takes her from Montana into an unexpected—and newsworthy—direction.

Feb 12 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Ever After

KidsReads

Meanwhile, Hattie receives a mysterious letter that was coincidentally sent from San Francisco, addressed to her Uncle Chester, setting up a puzzle that Hattie feels she cannot refuse to unravel.

Jan 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Hattie Ever After

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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 Ever After

Gr 6–10—Hattie Inez Brooks, who first appeared in Larson's Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006; Listening Library 2007), is back with a lot to prove. It's 1919 and the 16-year-old has big dreams. She wants to be a reporter and leave her rural home in Montana for San Francisco. Hat...

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