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Hill Hawk Hattie

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"The simple first-person narrative captures Hattie's rustic innocence, the thrilling rafting adventure, and the heartfelt struggle of a tough girl who feels useful to her father only in the role of a boy." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

Pa used to call Ma and me his girls. Now, he just says, 'girl,' orders me around with curse words like I'm nothing. I'm not nothing, though, '
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published 2003)
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Carol Baldwin
Oct 22, 2013 Carol Baldwin rated it it was amazing

Hill Hawk Hattie by Clara Gillow Clark, fiction for upper elementary school girls, tells the beautiful story of 11-year-old Hattie Belle in the late 1800's. With her mother dead, Hattie is left alone with her father, a rough logger who makes his living by rafting the logs down the Delaware River.

One day her father comes home and announces that Hattie is going to pass as his son and join him on the river. Concerned that she's no longer "his girl," Hattie still settles into the logging routines a
Ellen Ramsey
Aug 28, 2011 Ellen Ramsey rated it it was amazing
A splendid historical novel with likeable characters and lots of action as Hill Hawk Hattie deals with the hard work of logging--and the hard work of pretending to be boy.
After the death of Hattie's mother it seemed like her sweetness also left the lives of Hattie and her Pa. Both felt mean inside and Hattie's missed her father calling her "his girl." One day he decides to make her help with his logging and rafting which is dangerous even for grown men. Hattie soon learns to enjoy it, disguised as a boy, but longs to be a girl again. At the end of the rafting trip Pa leaves Hattie with her grandmother to get the education that her Ma would have wanted for her. A ...more
Katharine Ott
"Ma died in November." Eleven year old Hattie Belle is living in the hills of Pennsylvania in the 1880s when her mother dies, leaving her alone with her Pa. Hattie has to deal with her own grief, and with her Pa's - "Pa does a lot of hard drinking and cussing." She shrewdly notes, "Guess Ma was the sugar that kept us sweet."

The story becomes an adventure yarn when Pa decides to treat Hattie like a boy and takes her with him as he hews trees and readies them for market. Hill Hawks are loners, who
K.L. Going
Oct 23, 2015 K.L. Going rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book with an evocative setting and a character who has real personality and will stick with you after you've closed the book. I especially want to recommend this book to any readers in the Delaware Valley or rural NY, NJ, PA area since this book ties in to local history. I know of a school in this area that plans to read this book with their students and then take a river rafting field trip!
Charmaine Mackenzie
Apr 10, 2016 Charmaine Mackenzie rated it really liked it
Historical fiction once again shining a light on little note parts of our own history - in this case, the "old time rafting era" of the Delaware River.
May 08, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Times are very difficult for Hattie and Pa when Ma died. Pa has Hattie take on the role of a boy to go river-rafting with him. He leaves out a lot of details, which ends up showing his love for her. She makes friends with Jasper. There's a lot of a coming of age to this story as well. This historical fiction reminds readers that we don't know everything and to think the best in others.
Hani Barghout
Jan 06, 2011 Hani Barghout rated it it was ok
This book is a great book. It talks about a girl whose mom died when she became 12. Her father made her do all the work her mom was doing and he made her help him in his work in the woods. My favourite part was when Hattie wrote in her moms journal. This book tells us, reader, about life and how hard would it be and how can you go with it.
Anne Broyles
Apr 30, 2009 Anne Broyles rated it really liked it
Motherless Hattie struggles with her father's seeming lack of love, and is forced into pretending to be his son in this coming-of-age, dealing-with-grief novel. I enjoyed Hattie and might check the other books on her from the library.
Peggy House
Sep 09, 2013 Peggy House rated it it was amazing
Love the way historical aspects on non-fiction are brought into this work of fiction.
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The youngest child in a family who came from "a long line of farmers and readers," Clara Gillow Clark began school in a one-room schoolhouse and-when she wasn't wanting to be an inventor, archaeologist, geologist, missionary, or solo violinist-grew increasingly drawn to writing. After marrying and having a son, she read a magazine article on children's author Judy Blume, who, like her, was a stay- ...more
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