Hattie Big Sky

Hattie Big Sky

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Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.
For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper.
Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a Loyal American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385903325
0385903324
9780385733137
0385733135
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 22 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Nov 26, 2016

In her "Author's Note", Larson says that she began writing this story during the Iraq War, and that she could see similarities between the World War I Era and that of the Iraq War. Patriotic fervor, distrust (or outright hatred) of foreigners, the "liberty cabbage" (sauerkraut) of 1918 and the "freedom fries" of 2003. And it was interesting to read the book in 2016, with some of the same themes prevailing.
Although I found it in our library's Young Adult section, the book reads at more of a junior high or middle school level to me. That's not to say it wasn't a good read; I enjoyed it, but the language and the themes seemed geared toward a younger audience.

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szarnstorff
Jul 05, 2016

The struggles of trying to make it on the harsh prairie and how neighbors make it a home.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

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.

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miaone
Aug 12, 2012

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.

Tam_Girl12 Mar 22, 2012

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

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MARIKA TIESSEN
Mar 05, 2012

This is an awesome book!!

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SilverSparrow
Nov 06, 2011

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

msalisonschneider Jul 30, 2011

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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Minnetonka_Library
Apr 11, 2009

Nice relaxing read.

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MissJen Feb 23, 2012

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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