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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Set in the days before Bryce Canyon became a national park, timid twelve-year-old Hattie faces making new friends when her family moves to Tropic, Utah. Adventures in the nearby canyon help her learn that there is a difference between complaining and standing up for one's self.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 2012 by August Corp Press
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think the summary really gives you the whole run down of this story. "Promises is a heartwarming story of friendship...and adventure." That is exactly how I would sum up this story.

I spent quite a few of my early years, up until I was about 8 years old, living in Southern Utah very near Zion's Park. The setting of this book was around the area of Bryce Canyon. If you've never experienced the beauties of Southern Utah, you really should. The red rocks of the area are so beautiful to me. Even no
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even though this is a middle grade/ya novel, I was thoroughly entertained and involved in the storyline. The mystery of Hattie trying to find out about the girl who had previously lived in her house, and left some belongings, kept the story moving forward.I also was moved by the family dynamics in this novel. Hattie belongs to such a wonderful and supportive family. But not everyone she comes in contact with, has a family like this. So Hattie is constantly challenged with making choices, keeping ...more
Renae Mackley
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the back cover: Promises is a heart warming story of friendship with a touch of mystery and adventure set in the days before Bryce Canyon became a national park. Drawn from the memoirs of Hattie Adair Jolley and her children, it is a realistic glimpse into the past and a delightful story for readers ages eight to eighty.
What I thought: It took me a short shifting of gears to get into the middle grade language and style, but I found myself enjoying this delightful story. Author Carolyn Fran
Carolyn Frank
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hattie is barely twelve when her pa’s “business adventures” disrupt her family and move them to the new town of Tropic, nestled in the shadows of old Ebenezer Bryce’s Canyon. Her pa views the town as opportunity. Hattie is hopelessly shy and views it with apprehension; she dreads the task of making new friends. More than anything else, Hattie wants to be like her father—not afraid of meeting new people, talking to strangers, and standing up for herself. So it is with trepidation that she accepts ...more
Sandra Stiles
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I believe many of my students will enjoy it as well. I could really identify with Hattie. I was just like her. I wanted to speak up for myself, yet was shy enough and let myself be bullied and walked on for most of my life. I still don’t like conflict. I loved the fact that promises meant so much to Hattie. Her promises were driven by a desire to solve a mystery based on items she found in the house they moved into. I definitely understood how Hattie felt when they moved from ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another local author from Kaysville, Utah. Promises is a lovely historical fiction based on the memoirs of Hattie Adair Jolley, who was raised near Tropic, Utah. Of course the threads of this story are based in Mormonism, in no way does it detrasct from the beauty of the vistas surrounding Tropic and Beaver, Utah nor from the true spirit of Hattie. As Hattie explores her new home she finds a hidden purse and some documents that set her on a quest to find the owner, who happens to be the same age ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute sweet story about a year (mostly) in the life of a Utah pioneer girl living in a small town on the edge of Bryce Canyon. Based on the stories of the author's ancestors, I think. I really enjoyed it!
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