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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
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Turtleback Books (first published September 26th 2006)
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Mary
Apr 10, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Ages
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Luann
Hattie is a sixteen-year-old girl who has been shuttled from relative to relative for most of her life after the death of her parents. When her uncle leaves her his homestead claim in Montana, she decides to make a go of it. Instead of being Hattie Here-and-There she wants to be Hattie Homesteader. In order to keep the place, she must prove the claim with enough fencing and farming to satisfy government specifications.

What a great story! I loved Hattie and her amazing spirit and determination. K
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Karen
I was doing the good reader thing, plugging along and enjoying the story. The setting of a Montana blizzard was quite appropriate at the time. The book had me going.

Then I did the naughty reader thing. My curiosity got the better of me, and I skipped and skimmed my way to the ending to find out what happened. Having done that, I lost interest in reading the rest of the book.

I do that sometimes.

I see this as a worthy book; themes of struggle against the elements, youth taking on responsibility, i
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Cindy
Sep 11, 2014 Cindy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindy by: Luann, Hollie
I don't remember who recommended this one to me, but thank you! I loved this story of Hattie Brooks, an orphan who has never had a real home of her own. She finds out that her uncle, whom she has never met, has left her his homestead in Montana in his will. If she can meet the requirements, the land is hers.

The trouble is that she has only 10 months to do it, and most of it by herself. The requirements are pretty tough, but Hattie figures with a good year, she just might have a place to call hom
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Donalyn
My only regret? Why didn't I read this sooner? I can't wait to share Hattie with kids.
Kathie
Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's Montana claim in 1917. As a sixteen-year-old orphan, the chance to have a place of her own proved to be the driving force behind her determination to prove the claim. Moving from Iowa to Montana, Hattie encounters plenty of obstacles during her first year in this World War I novel.

Written in first person, Hattie Inez Brooks has called herself "Hattie Here And There" since her parents died. Passed around from one relative to the next, she jumps at the chance to
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Lars Guthrie
Teenagers are perfect protagonists for historical novels. Two historical novels for adults that really impressed me recently, 'The Children's Book' and 'Wolf Hall,' feature adolescents as central characters.

The rite of passage from child to adult is universal. And as Hattie shows in Kirby Larson's touching story, young adults' ability to bridge the divide between world of the kids and the world of the grown-ups allows the reader to enter both.

The time is 1918, just after America's entry into t
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Carol
Year Published: 2006
Awards: Newbery Honor Award, ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies trade book for young people, Book Sense 76 Pick, Barnes & Noble Teen Discover Selection, Borders Original Voices for Young Adults Selection, Booklist Editor's Choice, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Age Level: 12-adult

This book is the story of Hattie Brooks, who is a young 16 year old orphan from Iowa. Throughout her life she has
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Anne Osterlund
Hattie has never had a real home. She’s been here and there ever since her parents’ deaths during her early childhood. Then a letter arrives from Hattie’s uncle, who upon his death bed left his entire claim in Montana to Hattie. If she wishes, she has one year to complete the improvements on the claim and make it solvent before proving up on the land.

So at only sixteen-years-of-age, Hattie heads to the big sky country. In Montana, she battles one very hungry wolf, thousands of feet barbed wire f
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Jessica
A well-researched look into claimstaking land. This is based on the author's grandmother's experience as a teenager, staking her own claim and farming the land by herself, and I can't even begin to say how impressed I am by all this. Also, I always thought of settling the west as being a pre-1900's thing, and this takes place at the end of the First World War. Fascinating read, with great characters.
Cassy
My book club has forced me to pick up a lot of books that I've never heard of (and of course, some that I have.) Hattie Big Sky was one that hadn't even crossed my radar before my book club. Which is too bad, because it's a great book.

First off, I like that it's done during WWI. With the Holocaust, WWII pretty much gets all the attention, but no one remembers what a big deal the first World War was. It was called The Great War, and a lot of our men went off to die. Hattie Big Sky brings to light
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Tara Chevrestt
The year is 1917, World War 1 is in full force over in France, and in Arlington, Iowa, Hatti Here-and-There is about to become Hattie Big Sky.

Hattie is an orphan who has been shuttled from home to home, family member to family member only to find herself under her uptight aunt's care at the age of 16. When a letter from a long lost and recently deceased uncle arrives telling Hattie that she is now the owner of a homestead in Vida, Montana, Hattie jumps at the chance to get out from her aunt's c
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Carolyn Haley
Although categorized as a Young Adult novel, I read this coming-of-age story in my 50s and found it terrific. The main character, Hattie (who refers to herself as Hattie Here-and-There), is 16 years old in the early 1900s but forced into an adult mentality by the circumstances of her life. Like many fictional protagonists, she is orphaned early and passed around among family members, coming to rest with a domineering aunt and marshmallow uncle who keep a roof over her head while trying to browbe ...more
Jessica
I enjoyed reading Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and I am glad that I did. The conflict that Hattie faces to prove up her homestead is believable. The troubles she encounters and the obstacles she has to find a way to overcome find their way to make the novel out to be very convincing. The setting enabled the book to be all the more intriguing, but was not overdone with all the unnecessary usual boring details. The sky is described often, and at first the title troubled me until I learned that ...more
Lesli
I loved this book. It was so fun. About 3/4ths of the way through I thought this book is much higher caliber then other books I've recently read, then I realized it is a Newbery Award book, so of course it is better. Its about a 16 year old trying to make it on her own on a homestead in Montana during World War I. I enjoying the homesteading stories, but also the political commentary. The book reminded me of my pet peeve in life. I hate how politicians uses patriotism to define nationalism. And ...more
Patti
Intrigued by the cover and my good friend Tamra’s glowing recommendation, I checked out “Hattie Big Sky” from the library. I read it in just a couple days – because I didn’t want to put it down!

Heart-warming as 16 yr. old Hattie strikes out on her own, determined to make a success of a ramshackle “house” and 40+ acres out in the sticks of Montana. This claim and meager shack of a house, plus an old horse and a cow, was left to her after the death of an old uncle she had never met. Her parents w
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Krysten
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Summary: Hattie Inez Brooks has been passed around from relative to relative all her life until her Uncle Chester leaves her a claim to stake in Montana. She eagerly leaves her kindly Uncle Holt and prickly Aunt Ivy's home in Iowa to make it on her own. Once Hattie arrives in Vida, Montana, she realizes that she already has some debt she owes from her Uncle Chester. She works very hard all through the severe winter, with the help of her friend Perilee Mueller and her family. Spring
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Robyn
“I leaned back against the rough siding of Uncle Chester’s house and studied that Montana sky. I know the same sky hangs over Iowa – over Charlie in France, for that matter – but I don’t think it looks like this anywhere else in the world. There weren’t many trees or mountains to catch at that sky and keep it low. No, it stretched out high and smooth and far, like a heavenly quilt on an unseen frame. Back in Iowa, I’d spent my fair share of time studying the clouds and the stars. Sometimes, lyin ...more
Arminzerella
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Dee
Oct 04, 2009 Dee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who's interested in history.
Hattie is sick and tired of being Hattie Here-and-There. Instead, she wants a place of her own. When her late Uncle Chester leaves his homestead claim for Hattie to inherit, she thinks it's the perfect time for her to settle down somewhere. So she packs her bags, waves goodbye to her Uncle Holt and Aunt Ivy, and boards the train to Vida, Montana. On her homestead claim, Hattie is not only enjoying her life and having a place of her own, but makes great friends with the neighbors Perilee, her Ger ...more
Anna
May 30, 2012 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I Loved Hattie Big Sky. My growing fondness for audio books has kept me looking for light books to listen to. So when I was flipping through our library cat and ran across Hattie Big Sky, the synopsis sounded good. I started listing indoors, doing dishes, getting ready for work, but the longer I listened, the story kept drawing me outside…

So I set my CD player on the porch and went to work. As I hung my clothes out to dry on the line, I was enchanted by the Montana sky, the singing birds, and t
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Catherine
I was disappointed in this book - a Newberry Honor book because of all of the errors it contained. I am surprised that those who award the Newberry prize didn't find and correct these errors.

While the story is good,(not in my opinion Newberry good) the writing is not good. Hattie's uncle's last name is Wright, not Brooks, yet twice in the story she calls him Brooks - even having his trunk engraved with CB. He was her mother's brother, so he wouldn't have the same name.

The overalls Hattie wears
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JaNeal
I loved this book! The writing is as lovely as a blue prairie sky and the story is as relevant as a bowl of stew on a cold winter's day. Okay, perhaps I'm getting carried away, but something about this book makes me want to dig for my roots and write. That is exactly what Kirby Larson did. She learned her great-grandmother was a homesteader as a young, single woman and she wanted to learn more. As is often the case with family stories, her great-grandmother was gone before her story was recorded ...more
Corinne
An orphan since nearly her earliest memories, Hattie has spent her life being shuffled from one distant relative to another. And now, in the thick of the first World War, Hattie finally has a chance to make something her very own: an inherited homesteaders claim in Eastern Montana country. With less than a year to "prove" the claim, the learning curve is steep but sixteen year old Hattie is up to the challenge. Of course, there are neighbors who provide help, but more than that, these neighbors ...more
Laura
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Mikayla Lynn
This historical fiction book was truly amazing. It seems like historical fiction is one of those genres that is hiding behind a mask. What I mean by that is most teens my age are not interested in it, yet it is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. This book showed the struggles of homesteading for a girl not yet 17 yrs. old. Hattie is an orphan that feels like she doesn't belong. She has been shoved all over kingdom come and just wants to settle down. I really can't relate to that because ...more
Jennybug
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Wendy
HATTIE BIG SKY, by Kirby Larson, is a book that rings true.

When sixteen-year-old Hattie inherits her uncle’s claim in Montana, she accepts the challenge and faces west. Self dubbed as Hattie Here-and-There, her life as an orphan boosts her willingness to work and take on new challenges—if only to have the chance of owning her own place. She throws herself into the hard work of proving her claim even though common sense would dictate she sell out and run the other way.

We get glimpses of her soul
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kyendwarrior
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There are few books that have made me cry. In fact only two books had managed to accomplish that deed. Until Hattie Big Sky came along.

Hattie Big Sky is a beautiful book about friendship, surviving, hope, and love. I absolutely love it! Her adventures and harsh, but truthful, ending left me feeling nostalgic for the countryside.

I love love Hattie! She's kind of sassy but really kind hearted and super smart. Her interactions with the kids a
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Cindy
I read this book because it was a Newbery Honor winner from last year (2009), and I enjoyed it! I like books that have determined heroines who do whatever it takes to improve their lives. Hattie could hold her own in the company of Anne Shirley and Kit from The Witch of Blackbird Pond, to name a few. She is an orphaned young woman who is shuttled from relative to relative, and so, when she discovers that she has been left a homestead in her late uncle's will, she makes the choice to leave for th ...more
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