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Hattie Ever After (Hattie #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,963 ratings  ·  446 reviews
After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by ...more
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Published February 12th 2013 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ann Carpenter
A good book, and one that will be enjoyed by the many fans of the first Hattie book. I don't think it's as good as the first one, however.

Hattie seemed too young, too naive for her eighteen, especially when after having survived and thrived on the homestead for so long. Yes, that was country life and the city brings with it a different circumstance, and it's not like she wasn't a go-getter who took things into her own hands on multiple occasions, but still. Something I can't quite put my finger
I thought I'd like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. In my opinion, it was better than the first book even. Also, I really liked the setting, as I didn't know much about it, plus it was just cool to begin with. Also, the characters were great. One of the highlights of this book was that we finally got to meet Charlie in person, which I loved. One of my new favorites.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I loved, loved, loved Hattie Big Sky. By the time, I finished the book, I felt like Hattie was one of my best friends. I was so proud of her and all that she attempted and all that she learned. And then she leaves Vida to start a new chapter.

When I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was thrilled. A little nervous. What would happen to Hattie now? Would our "friendship" still be there? Well, I should never have doubted Hattie or author, Kirby Larson.

Hattie's voice rang clear and true
Hattie Big Sky was one of those books that truly surprised me with how much it enveloped me in its world. Historical fiction is truly not my bag (especially middle grade HF) and it blew me away. I started reading Hattie Ever After with high expectations and found myself pleasantly satisfied with the first two thirds of the story, and then it goes downhill quite fast from there. Hattie's accomplishments come off as wild coincidences. Her encounter in the elevator with a very important man made my ...more
3.5 stars. I liked this book but not as much as "Hattie Big Sky" which I think had more emotional depth and stronger surrounding characters. This book begins where the first one leaves off with Hattie working in Great Falls. She wants to be a reporter and eventually gets her chance in San Francisco, where she is challenged by misogyny and a puzzle involving her Uncle Chester. This story of Chester and Ruby Danvers was pretty easy to figure out from the beginning so I found no suspense there, alt ...more
In this long awaited sequel to the award winning Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) the story picks up Hattie after she lost her Montana homestead and arrives in San Francisco with hopes of making it as a newspaper reporter. To pay the bills, she takes on several jobs to survive. One of the jobs is as a cleaning lady at the San Francisco Chronicle. This particular job get her inside the building where she discovers the newspaper’s stock of back issues and began looking through them for news on her ...more
The sequel to Kirby Larson's highly acclaimed Hattie Big Sky, delivers with another terrific coming of age tale of chasing dreams.

After losing her Montana farm Hattie moves to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a reporter like her hero, Nellie Bly. But leaving for the big city means putting off her best friend, Charlie's marriage proposal. Will Hattie find a home for her heart in the big city?

It isn't everyday that I find a gem such as Hattie Ever After in the Young Adult section these
I wanted to love this. I was predisposed to love this. The first book, if you haven't read it, was a historical YA book about a young woman trying to homestead, alone, at the beginning of WWI. It won the Newberry, and I found it charming and educational, having no idea homesteading lasted that long in the lower 48.

Vague spoilers ahead:

This book follows the same character, older now, to San Francisco after the war, where she tries to start a career as a reporter. The problem with the book is that
This novel felt so rushed and lacked the appeal of the first book. Everything seems to come a little too easily for Hattie, who turns her back on Charlie to head out to San Francisco in hopes of pursuing a career as a reporter. She manages this goal in a relatively short time despite having no formal schooling, no secretarial skills, and no resources. Her romance with Charlie is the most genuine part of the book, and her tug of war with herself regarding career versus marriage is one many women ...more
Afton Nelson
Bravo Kirby Larson! A first class read with a very authentic feel. You can tell she did her research on early 1900's San Francisco, airplanes, fashion and the newspaper business. And women! Hattie is so fresh and spunky and honestly believes she can do anything. And she does! Despite having her big heart and her trust violated in "Big Sky" and this book, she doesn't lose her pluck and determination. Way to go Hattie. And way to go Kirby Larson for a fantastic sequel to the Newbery Medal winning ...more
Tenille Shade
A beautiful story of hope, resilience, and passionate pursuit of dreams. Charlie's final letter made all my previous frustrations melt away. Kirbie Larson shares exquisite writing with us all!
Ashley Mcnabb
I personally think the book Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson is an ok book. It is the second book in the Hattie series. For me the book was a little boring. I did not read the first book Hattie Big Sky. Because I did not read it, that is probably part of the reason I thought it was boring, because I didn't understand some of the parts of the book.

This book is set in the past, 1919, with the main character, Hattie who is an orphan because her Uncle Chester left her with the mystery of his death
Julie Williams
I have never read Hattie Big Sky. We have it in our library but my To Read pile is so big I am not sure I will ever get to it...and I would like to based on this follow up novel. There were a few instances where I could tell it would have been better if I had read Hattie Big Sky in order to have some background knowledge of characters but I was able to enjoy Hattie Ever After just the same.

In this book Hattie wants to fulfill her dream of being a reporter and when she gets the chance to go to Sa
I fell in love with Hattie Inez Brooks in Hattie Big Sky. Of course I wanted to know more about her journey after she failed to make good on her claim in Montana, but I also had a healthy dose of skepticism going in. Sequels can be excellent, and they can also be disappointing. I did not want to be disappointed.

Kirby Larson certainly does not disappoint in this terrific follow-up to Hattie Big Sky. Although Hattie is operating in a completely different setting amongst very different types of cha
Maria Burel
Hattie Ever After picks up where Hattie Big Sky left off. Following her dreams, the (almost) fearless Hattie leaves behind the her small town life and finds herself in San Francisco. Here she has her chance to make it big as a newspaper reporter, a dream she's been holding for many years.

But following that dream comes with risks. Will Charlie wait for her? Is she mean to survive in the big city? And what about this woman who claims to have loved her Uncle? Does Hattie owe her any gratitude?

I lov
Abby Johnson
Having previously enjoyed Hattie's first adventures in HATTIE BIG SKY, I loved following Hattie to San Francisco to pursue her dreams of becoming a reporter. The writing style lends itself to the story - Hattie's first-person turns of phrase seem likely to come from a practiced writer, as Hattie ostensibly is by the time she'd be writing her 'memoir'. Um, I suppose it could stand alone, but I feel like readers who are already familiar with Hattie and her situation will be more invested in HATTIE ...more
Hattie Big Sky was a really amazing book, and I was sorry it was over when I read it some years ago. Recently I re-read it for a couple of different reasons; one was that it was recommended as a great example of plot and scene structure in historical fiction for middle grade readers. It certainly is. The other was that the new one was coming out soon, and for a girl who reads as many books for young people as I, I felt that I wanted to refresh my memory about Hattie and who she was before the ne ...more
Sharon Huether
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Excellent! Well done!! SIX stars!!! I've also read the first book, Hattie Big Sky, but this one was even better and I am blown away at Kirby Larson's mad research skills. I don't know how she so flawlessly combines all the elements of story and gets the historical facts "mostly" right (she acknowledges a few things). I'm salivating to read more of Kirby Larson. The first book takes place in Montana (my home) and this book takes place in San Francisco (I was JUST there! I, too, walked to the Fair ...more
I thought Hattie Big Sky was much better than its sequel. Hattie's personality and her descriptions are much more humorous on the homestead than in the big city. I found much of the plot to be cliche excepting the ending. Hattie's situation, "farm girl" in a "big city," was a little hackneyed. I also found Hattie's observations not nearly as humorous and refreshing as they were in the first book. Still the book did not lose all of its charm. The ending was satisfying and ended happily (that's al ...more
Elizabeth Curington
I was left wanting to know more about Hattie at the end of Hattie Big Sky.

In this sequel, Hattie sets out to find her true place in the world, more than just cleaning and being a wife. She ends up in San Francisco, hoping to find a job as a reporter. Though things don't work out as she plans, the twists and turns help her find a life where she truly belongs.

It has been several years since I read the first book, and that may explain why I don't feel as connected to Hattie in this book. But I cou
Hattie is chasing personal ambition rather than battling the elements. There's some light history to be learned as Hattie fights for a place in a "man's world" and even does some research work about the San Francisco area. She makes a new friends, of course, but not all is as it seems - she is betrayed, both at work and personally (I found the personal betrayal to be glaringly obvious). And then there's the issue of Charlie... will they end up together or not?

While I was happy to see Hattie's st
Fans of Hattie will be delighted to meet her once again, still willing to take risks, still trying to find out where her talents and her heart lies. and those who haven't read Hattie Big Sky will equally enjoy this resilient,feisty and also unworldly woman who has some wonderful adventures in this book, including going up in an airplane on quite an scripting ride. the time and place, post earthquake San Francisco, the newsroom of a big paper, the streets of the city, all come to life thanks to L ...more
Dana \\i believe in the sky//
Oh hey look, I wrote a review. Take the following with a grain of salt, however: It's been a really long time since I've read the first book, Hattie Big Sky, and I couldn't remember all the details while reading this book.

I found this book at the new headquarters of the New Taipei City Public Library. I was so excited when I found it; I never knew that Hattie Big Sky had a sequel, and I literally snatched it up immediately. I've read other Kirby Larson books, of course, a notable one being Th
Ok, so I actually liked this A LOT. (more than the first actually) San Francisco, 1919 right after WW1, Hattie wants to be a newspaper woman. She has to deal with douchy guys who think that since the war is over, women should be content to go back to their homes and hearths and Hattie is realizing no, that is not true. I especially liked when she interviewed all her new friends for the newspaper and realized how amazing women are. That was really well done. The con-man side plot was well done to ...more
Rachael Eliker
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Hattie has gumption in bucket-loads and I'm thrilled we get to follow her to San Francisco where she becomes a reporter. The language and details of the time period are spot on and really put you right alongside Hattie as she experiences San Fran. You can almost smell it, you're so there! As good as the Newbery honor book, HATTIE BIG SKY - you won't want to miss HATTIE EVER AFTER.
Alyson Farmer
I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as the first book. I have two theories why.

First, I went into the second book expecting a romance. I didn't have that expectation in the first book. Hattie wrote to Charlie, but her life in Montana and her experiences were the highlight. I think if I hadn't anticipated a resolution with Charlie I might have been less disappointed. Maybe have Hattie go to California while waiting for Charlie to return from war?

I also didn't think Hattie stayed true to h
Totally FABULOUS to catch up on Hattie's doings. It truly was like meeting an old friend an hearing what they'd been up to. Only in this case the old friend was an orphaned former homesteader. The research/inspiration notes at the end are icing on the cake. Highly recommended (and go read Hattie Big Sky first if you haven't!)
Monica Fastenau
I loved, loved, loved Hattie Big Sky, the Newbery winner that was the original. But this sequel did not stack up. Hattie, after failing to claim her uncle’s land, decides to move to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a journalist, much to her boyfriend Charlie’s chagrin. She fights her way into a newspaper job, where she encounters scammers and backstabbing, along with adventure and plenty of questions about her future.

There just wasn’t as much substance or emotional resonance here as in
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Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE--which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a fina ...more
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