Hattie Big Sky

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Kirby Larson
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  Little Willow
In 1918, Hattie Brooks receives word that an uncle she's never known has passed away and left his homestead in Montana to her. She travels across the country to plant roots in this new place. She is understandably hesitant when she first realizes how much work she has to do to "prove up" her land, but she tackles the many jobs with determination and her own two hands. Those hands also craft letters to her friend Charlie, who is fighting in France, and articles for the newspaper. She befriends a lovable family and others in town as she fights to stake her claim.

This memorable pioneer tale is perfect for fans of Little House, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women. Though shelved in teen fiction, this heartwarming story is suitable for kids of all ages. Adults will love it too, especially those who love turn-of-the-century historical fiction and WWI homefront stories. This is the kind of book which could be shelved in three different areas of the library or bookstore and find a following in each place.

I highly recommend Hattie Big Sky, especially to families with children of various ages. Hattie is an admirable leading lady with a great head on her shoulders, unflagging determination, and a big pocketful of hope.


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MDG
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, is about sixteen year old Hattie Brooks. Her parents died when she was very young, so for most of her life she has been shuffled around to different relatives to live with. She even thinks of herself as "Hattie-Here-and-There." When she receives a letter from her late uncle, leaving a homestead claim in her name, Hattie jumps at the chance of a new life. So all by herself, Hattie travels from Iowa to Vida, Montana. Even with hard work, failing crops, and a homestead she must prove up on, Hattie feels at home for the first time. She even finds a family in her spirited neighbors, which is what she's always longed for.

Hattie Big Sky was a very good book. It tells the story about a young courageous girl who moves to Montana to prove-up on her late uncle's homestead claim. Even though she is only sixteen years old, she must fend for herself and keep a farm running. She is very strong-willed, determined and independent, which are good characteristics to see in a heroine. Even though the book takes place in 1917, Hattie is very relatable. I found myself admiring her spirit and spunk. The book is an easy read that you won't want to put down. When I finally finished the book, it was like saying good-bye to a good friend.

Reviewer Age:16

Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States


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