Hattie Big Sky
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 ...more
My favorite part about this was that it covers ...more
If I have any gripe it's that there were a few time ...more
Willa Cather for kids.
What a great story! I loved Hattie and her amazing spirit and determination. K ...more
Montana always hooks me in. While I much prefer the western, mountainous side of the state, learning more about the eastern side filled with prairies and big sky is amazing too. Hattie features the eastern side of Montana, and the atmosphere definitely came alive for me. I felt like I was back in this beautiful land, right alongside the teen lead.
The emotion of this story had me laughing, weeping, irritated, and joyful. I love books that get all the feelings stirred up. The twists kept co ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What I liked:
I liked Hattie. She was trying to find who she was and where she belonged. I liked her friends in Montana, except for one person's misuse of the Lord's name. The descriptions, the setting, the time period all made me eager to read the book. There was some talk about prayer, attending church, and "God moves in mysterious ways," ...more
Hattie Brooks is an orphan, living with her uncle and annoying aunt when she received a letter saying that her maternal uncle leaved his inheritance which includes a house and some 300 acres land in Montana to her. She decided to go so she packed up and got on the train. Here is where her adventure begun.
I really, really like Hattie. She got some wit and very funny. I learned this a few pages in and instantly like her. She's just 16 years old but the way she thinks is so matured for her ag...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This historical fiction about a young girl's ventures in homestead farming in 1890's Montana reads mostly like a well written and delightful middle-grade fiction. I really liked Hattie's voice in the book. It is an earnest and hardworking person's voice, with an undercurrent of spunk. There are a lot of interesting side characters and wonderful friendships to be had in this story ...more
December 19, 1917
Miss Simpson starts every day with a reminder to pray for you--and all the other boys who enlisted. Well, I say we should pray for the Kaiser--he's going to need those prayers once he meets you!
Premise/plot: Hattie Brooks, our heroine, has recently inherited her uncle's claim in Montana. She'll have a little under a year to finish proving her claim. It will require much of her--mentally, physically, emotionally. She's just sixteen-- ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The pacing felt a bit slow, but I still enjoyed seeing Mattie's wins and losses. The writing can be both cheesy or poignant at various times, so you just have to take it all together. I w ...more
I don't really get into history stories, but this book was amazing. I have learned some things that I did not already kew before. It a great story about the time during wars that happened in America and what the people went trew. The writing is so good that I could really imaged everything. It was really interesting how and where the people had to move. I am so glad that I picked up this book. I am excited to get into the next book in the series.
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 ...more
This is a wonderful novel about a young woman's determination to do something that not many women did at that time. It's a coming-of-age story that resembles the later Little House books, but set against the backdrop of WWI. The incredible detailed descriptions of Montana combine with the first person narrative make me feel like I am Hattie, working hard and trying to make a home for myself. I can feel everything Hattie is feeling and experience her joys and sorrows tight along with her. The cha ...more
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 ...more