Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Hattie at age 16 is an orphan living in Iowa with a distant relative. The year is 1917 and America is at war with Germany. Hattie's dear friend Charlie is at war. Throughout Hattie Big Sky she and Charlie write letters to each other. Hattie's letters are full of her current daily life and the hope of his safe return. Shortly after the book begins she receives an unexpected and surprising letter. Her uncle has died and left her a home-stead claim in Montana. If she agrees to take over his claim and continue to make improvements over the course of 1 year, she may keep the land. Hattie gladly accepts the terms of agreement on her deceased uncle's claim. She travels by train to Wolf Point, Montana and is greeted by a family that will be her closest and heartiest neighbor. The book describes her daily duties of a back-breaking hard life, of trying to make a desolate claim a profitable farm. Hattie is a gutsy, independent, brave gal. She has a positive outlook, teachable, humble, and has a sense of humor.
She and her house mate, a mouser cat named Mr. Whiskers make a go of this laborious goal.

I loved this story and really wished it could go on and on, sorta like Little House on the Prairie.
Hattie is a genuine and likable character. A gal that anyone would be proud to call a friend.
Her story is inspiring, engaging, uplifting, and gives the reader a sound sense of what it is like to live with the bare basics in a remote shanty in the middle of no-where. Also, giving the reader the ability to understand the Pioneer spirit; that feisty independent brave and just a bit crazy gusto, to head west and conquer something!

This book was a 2007 Newbery Honor Award

Published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books 2006
304 pages/For ages 12 and up

Authors website:
http://www.kirbylarson.com/books/hattie-big-sky/
The book has a website:
http://www.hattiebigsky.com/

Link @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Hattie-Big-Sky-Kirby-Larson/dp/0385733135
Library Binding $13.42
Paperback $6.99
Kindle $6.99

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