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Finding Hattie

3.09 of 5 stars 3.09  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  9 reviews
First Hattie's father and mother die, and then she loses her adored little brother. So she is shipped off to an exclusive boarding school with her cousin, Sophie. Sophie has wealth, beauty, friends, and most of all, confidence--things Hattie has never had. Hattie is terrified. What if the other girls don't accept her? What if fickle Sophie turns on her?Then like a whirlwin ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2001)
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K.a.
After Hattie loses most of her family, she is taken in, however grudgingly, by her aunt and uncle. When it is decided that Hattie should attend Miss Bulkley's Seminary for Young Ladies with her cousin Sophie, Hattie learns that it is her job to fit in with the other girls at school. Most importantly, that means not letting anyone know that she is a penniless orphan.
When an exciting new girl, Fannie Macintosh, arrives at school, she presents a new opportunity to Hattie: true friendship. Fannie ma
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Janna Gifford
Finding Hattie by Sally Warner is a historical fiction that is intended for the intermediate age group. This story is about Hattie, who loses her family and her Aunt and Uncle take her in. It is decided that Hattie will go to Miss Bulkley's Seminary for Young Ladies with her cousin Sophie, where she needs to make sure that no one will find out that she is an orphan with no money. Along comes Frannie, family is from new money, and Hattie drops Frannie as a friend to choose the other girls. The re ...more
Liz Chapman
Set in the 1800's, the story behind the writing of this book is what makes it interesting. It is based on the short journal of the author's ancestor, Hattie Knowlton. Hattie only kept a journal during her time at a girl's boarding school in her teenage years, but her talent as a writer captured her spirit and feelings as she grew up. The author wove a fictional plot around the name and scarce events Hattie provided in her journal, and uses actual journal excerpts to supplement the plot. Nothing ...more
Courtney
While Finding Hattie aims to fictionalize and enliven true history (based on the author's great-grandmother's journal), it fails to achieve a strong plot arc. The sorriness for Hattie's plight is not enough to keep you compulsively reading. Although she has lost her parents, then her little brother and aunt, her characterization seems flat and fully reliant on the reader's sympathetic feelings. I am almost more interested in her snotty cousin and friends, because there snobbery has some complexi ...more
Dani
Apr 20, 2009 Dani rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This is a novel based on a real journal written by the great-grandmother of the author. Knowing that ahead of time added some charm to this story. Otherwise, I would have been a bit more dissatisfied with the ending.
A W
Although it did give you an idea of what life might have been like for young women of means in those days and things they might have discussed and not discussed, the story was too flat and slow moving for me.
Stephanie A.
An earnest attempt at turning a great-grandmother's diary into a historical novel, and I very much applaud the author for sharing that with the world, but personally I thought it was a little boring.
Jill
Great premise, message heavy handed.
Karla
I liked it, but it's a bit dull.
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Sally Warner is a writer of fiction for children and young adults and of books on creativity. She made the Lily series and Emma series for children's books. Sally Warner was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut and California, where her family moved when she was eight years old.
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