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Hattie Big Sky

Larson, Kirby

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hattie Big Sky
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After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385903324
9780385733137
9780440239413
9780385735957
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,22 cm.

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After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.


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Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For a YA, this was more moving and engaging than I was expecting. Larson did a great job of addressing the hardships of homesteaders during WWI, as well as the anti-German climate in the US at that time. Hattie as a character is inspiring and witty, and I found myself at times wondering if I would have had the ability to do that, and at times yelling at her for her inaction. However, I think Larson hit the nail on the head in terms of the expectations of how a 16 year old girl in 1918 would be brought up and expected to think. I stayed up very late to finish this and, I'll admit, wept a few times during it. I definitely recommend this for anyone who enjoys YA, coming-of-age, or historical fiction in the early 1900s.

Aug 12, 2012
  • miaone rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An unforgettable story about a little-known part of American history and geography. The unspeakably harsh life on the Montana plains during the drought years of 1917 - 19 and the narrow-mindedness of supposedly patriotic Americans during WW I are topics we should all know about, but most of us don't. I have since read Deirdre McNamer's One Sweet Quarrel, about the same time period, and some of the story almost overlaps. But each author has her own story to tell.

Mar 22, 2012
  • Tam_Girl12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book, Not as adventures as I like but for some reason I really liked this book.

Dec 30, 2011
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was So good! It must be one of my favorite historical novels. Absolutely awesome!

Jul 30, 2011
  • msalisonschneider rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Such a good book. It is one of my favorite historical ficition novels. This book made me laugh, smile and tear up. I highly recommend this book!

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Feb 23, 2012
  • MissJen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An orphan from the age of five, Hattie is tired of being passed from relative to relative, of being “Hattie Here-and-There” and belonging nowhere. When an estranged uncle leaves his Montana homestead to Hattie, she leaps at the chance for a home of her own even though she knows nothing of homesteading. With her cat, help from kindly neighbors, and lots of determination, Hattie sets out to conquer the land, the weather, and the harsh prairie lifestyle. Incidents both ridiculous and devastating illustrate the enormous odds that Hattie must overcome, but the Montana environment isn’t the only challenge Hattie is facing. World War I has begun and Hattie battles fear for her friend Charlie, who is overseas, and prejudice on the homefront. Many of the questions Hattie tries to answer, such as how to be a patriotic American, are questions we are still trying to answer today. Filled with humor, historical details, and thought-provoking moral dilemmas, Hattie Big Sky will appeal to fans of historical fiction, adventure, and coming-of-age stories.

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