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Hattie Big Sky

Hattie Big Sky After inheriting her uncle s homesteading claim in Montana year old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the

  • Title: Hattie Big Sky
  • Author: Kirby Larson
  • ISBN: 9780385733137
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After inheriting her uncle s homesteading claim in Montana 16 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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    1. ACTUALLY THIS WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE. Honestly I was afraid this was going to be SUPER GIRLY or SUPER ROMANCE-Y (or both). But… it really wasn’t? I mean it definitely would hold more of an appeal for girls, and it’s definitely not a new favorite, but the good news is that I only gagged once. *nods* (When the main character says something along the lines of “he’s so handsome, he can’t be evil.” And I feel like most girls would gag at that also. XD) My favorite part about this was t [...]

    2. Hattie's character was an all-around joy to meet. Though her story ended differently than I thought it would, and, wow, are there some sad happenings in the story, overall it felt realistic. I appreciated that the author included the real-life inspiration for the story, and I will definitely track down the sequel (probably after I'm finished with this young adult class - the "genre" is wearing on me as a whole - give me a grown-up book, haha!). If I have any gripe it's that there were a few time [...]

    3. The novel reads young (middle grade), but, still, it was a great pleasure to read this sweet, simple story of a 16-year old girl homesteading on Montana prairie during WWI. Hattie works hard, helps her friends, perseveres against many adversities. Willa Cather for kids.

    4. I was just a few pages into the book when I read a line that made me smile. Left me without a doubt that this was a special this book, and Ms. Larson's writing was special, too. After a very rough start under the big sky of Vida, Montana, Hattie Inez Brooks sat down to the first meal in her new home. A meal provided by her new neighbor, Perilee Mueller. "The stew tasted of sage and carrots and hope." That line made me pause; made me think. If only we could all grab hope from the simple pleasures [...]

    5. Hattie is a sixteen-year-old girl who has been shuttled from relative to relative for most of her life after the death of her parents. When her uncle leaves her his homestead claim in Montana, she decides to make a go of it. Instead of being Hattie Here-and-There she wants to be Hattie Homesteader. In order to keep the place, she must prove the claim with enough fencing and farming to satisfy government specifications.What a great story! I loved Hattie and her amazing spirit and determination. K [...]

    6. Wow. Ireallyliked this. I wasSOclose to rating this five stars but some things made me not. Basically because of the following one reason (which is not a fault): 1. There's slightly too much about dirt+animals+prairie problems for me to love it enough to rate it five stars. I like luxury-books, and pretty-dress-books, and library-books. :-PBut I loved it. I KNEW I would.1.HATTIE.She's a pretty brilliant heroine. Gah, I love her. And I take my hat off to her I just love her.2. CHARLIE'S MY FAVOUR [...]

    7. A well-researched look into claimstaking land. This is based on the author's grandmother's experience as a teenager, staking her own claim and farming the land by herself, and I can't even begin to say how impressed I am by all this. Also, I always thought of settling the west as being a pre-1900's thing, and this takes place at the end of the First World War. Fascinating read, with great characters.

    8. Teenagers are perfect protagonists for historical novels. Two historical novels for adults that really impressed me recently, 'The Children's Book' and 'Wolf Hall,' feature adolescents as central characters. The rite of passage from child to adult is universal. And as Hattie shows in Kirby Larson's touching story, young adults' ability to bridge the divide between world of the kids and the world of the grown-ups allows the reader to enter both. The time is 1918, just after America's entry into t [...]

    9. I was doing the good reader thing, plugging along and enjoying the story. The setting of a Montana blizzard was quite appropriate at the time. The book had me going.Then I did the naughty reader thing. My curiosity got the better of me, and I skipped and skimmed my way to the ending to find out what happened. Having done that, I lost interest in reading the rest of the book.I do that sometimes.I see this as a worthy book; themes of struggle against the elements, youth taking on responsibility, i [...]

    10. I don't remember who recommended this one to me, but thank you! I loved this story of Hattie Brooks, an orphan who has never had a real home of her own. She finds out that her uncle, whom she has never met, has left her his homestead in Montana in his will. If she can meet the requirements, the land is hers.The trouble is that she has only 10 months to do it, and most of it by herself. The requirements are pretty tough, but Hattie figures with a good year, she just might have a place to call hom [...]

    11. I'm not sure how to review this book. I enjoyed parts of it, got mad and ranted over other parts, cried at some, smiled at others, and cringed at some things.What I liked:I liked Hattie. She was trying to find who she was and where she belonged. I liked her friends in Montana, except for one person's misuse of the Lord's name. The descriptions, the setting, the time period all made me eager to read the book. There was some talk about prayer, attending church, and "God moves in mysterious ways," [...]

    12. Year Published: 2006Awards: Newbery Honor Award, ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies trade book for young people, Book Sense 76 Pick, Barnes & Noble Teen Discover Selection, Borders Original Voices for Young Adults Selection, Booklist Editor's Choice, School Library Journal Best Book of the YearAge Level: 12-adultThis book is the story of Hattie Brooks, who is a young 16 year old orphan from Iowa. Throughout her life she has [...]

    13. Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's Montana claim in 1917. As a sixteen-year-old orphan, the chance to have a place of her own proved to be the driving force behind her determination to prove the claim. Moving from Iowa to Montana, Hattie encounters plenty of obstacles during her first year in this World War I novel.Written in first person, Hattie Inez Brooks has called herself "Hattie Here And There" since her parents died. Passed around from one relative to the next, she jumps at the chance to [...]

    14. Sometimes, the simple things in life are also the most beautiful. I feel like this certainly holds true for this book.This historical fiction about a young girl's ventures in homestead farming in 1890's Montana reads mostly like a well written and delightful middle-grade fiction. I really liked Hattie's voice in the book. It is an earnest and hardworking person's voice, with an undercurrent of spunk. There are a lot of interesting side characters and wonderful friendships to be had in this story [...]

    15. A refreshingly different "prairie" book. Unlike most stories I've seen, this homesteading book takes place in Montana, during WWI, and involves only one 16 year old girl trying to live independently. That in itself makes this book unique, as opposed to the children's Little House books or adult prairie romances.The pacing felt a bit slow, but I still enjoyed seeing Mattie's wins and losses. The writing can be both cheesy or poignant at various times, so you just have to take it all together. I w [...]

    16. I enjoyed reading Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and I am glad that I did. The conflict that Hattie faces to prove up her homestead is believable. The troubles she encounters and the obstacles she has to find a way to overcome find their way to make the novel out to be very convincing. The setting enabled the book to be all the more intriguing, but was not overdone with all the unnecessary usual boring details. The sky is described often, and at first the title troubled me until I learned that M [...]

    17. Although categorized as a Young Adult novel, I read this coming-of-age story in my 50s and found it terrific. The main character, Hattie (who refers to herself as Hattie Here-and-There), is 16 years old in the early 1900s but forced into an adult mentality by the circumstances of her life. Like many fictional protagonists, she is orphaned early and passed around among family members, coming to rest with a domineering aunt and marshmallow uncle who keep a roof over her head while trying to browbe [...]

    18. Hattie has never had a real home. She’s been here and there ever since her parents’ deaths during her early childhood. Then a letter arrives from Hattie’s uncle, who upon his death bed left his entire claim in Montana to Hattie. If she wishes, she has one year to complete the improvements on the claim and make it solvent before proving up on the land.So at only sixteen-years-of-age, Hattie heads to the big sky country. In Montana, she battles one very hungry wolf, thousands of feet barbed [...]

    19. Ohmygoodness! This book was amazing! I will definitely be on the look out for my own copy to reread over and over! Prepare for a fangirly review :DHattie is such a wonderful person, probably the kind of person I would want to be. She stands up for what's right and she helps her neighbors. She's brave, but realistic. The end made me so sad for several reasons. I can't wait to meet Charlie. (If he's not in the sequel, I'm not gonna be happy) I love when he writes Hattie and asks her if she's sweet [...]

    20. 5 Stars!I don't really get into history stories, but this book was amazing. I have learned some things that I did not already kew before. It a great story about the time during wars that happened in America and what the people went trew. The writing is so good that I could really imaged everything. It was really interesting how and where the people had to move. I am so glad that I picked up this book. I am excited to get into the next book in the series.

    21. I loved the strong, courageous, and vulnerable protagonist, as well as the realistic, complex resolution.

    22. The year is 1917, World War 1 is in full force over in France, and in Arlington, Iowa, Hatti Here-and-There is about to become Hattie Big Sky. Hattie is an orphan who has been shuttled from home to home, family member to family member only to find herself under her uptight aunt's care at the age of 16. When a letter from a long lost and recently deceased uncle arrives telling Hattie that she is now the owner of a homestead in Vida, Montana, Hattie jumps at the chance to get out from her aunt's c [...]

    23. This is a wonderful novel about a young woman's determination to do something that not many women did at that time. It's a coming-of-age story that resembles the later Little House books, but set against the backdrop of WWI. The incredible detailed descriptions of Montana combine with the first person narrative make me feel like I am Hattie, working hard and trying to make a home for myself. I can feel everything Hattie is feeling and experience her joys and sorrows tight along with her. The cha [...]

    24. My book club has forced me to pick up a lot of books that I've never heard of (and of course, some that I have.) Hattie Big Sky was one that hadn't even crossed my radar before my book club. Which is too bad, because it's a great book.First off, I like that it's done during WWI. With the Holocaust, WWII pretty much gets all the attention, but no one remembers what a big deal the first World War was. It was called The Great War, and a lot of our men went off to die. Hattie Big Sky brings to light [...]

    25. I read this book because it was a Newbery Honor winner from last year (2009), and I enjoyed it! I like books that have determined heroines who do whatever it takes to improve their lives. Hattie could hold her own in the company of Anne Shirley and Kit from The Witch of Blackbird Pond, to name a few. She is an orphaned young woman who is shuttled from relative to relative, and so, when she discovers that she has been left a homestead in her late uncle's will, she makes the choice to leave for th [...]

    26. I loved this book. It was so fun. About 3/4ths of the way through I thought this book is much higher caliber then other books I've recently read, then I realized it is a Newbery Award book, so of course it is better. Its about a 16 year old trying to make it on her own on a homestead in Montana during World War I. I enjoying the homesteading stories, but also the political commentary. The book reminded me of my pet peeve in life. I hate how politicians uses patriotism to define nationalism. And [...]

    27. 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 b [...]

    28. I really loved this book. It was definitely different from my usual go-to but I loved it. From the first page to the last it made me feel like I wanted to be a part of that world, to read the happy and sometimes heartbreaking letters as my own. It's not as predictable as I thought it would be and I enjoyed that. A quick, totally worth-it read. Kinda reminded me of that Birdy song "I'll never forget you".

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