Monday, July 14, 2008

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

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.

9 out of 10

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