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Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
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Mar 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, historical-fiction, fiction, favorites, j-s-shelf
Read in October, 2007

Terrific historical fiction. I added this book for my friend Meg who enjoys YA. Set during WWI, this story about a 16-18ish (can't remember exactly) girl who inherits a homestead from her uncle. As an orphan who has lived in a unwelcoming home for years, she sees this inheritance as her opportunity to make it on her own and to have something of her own. She has less than a year to finish the homestead including fence and cultivate the land. She sets off on her own to Montana to homestead. Can you imagine?!?!

Her neighbors help out and she writes articles for her hometown paper. It is written in the first person and it is the best historical YA I've read in a long, long time. The ending is suprising and did a terrific job making me reflect on all the themes. Kirby Larson does a great job tying together the various themes of homesteading, struggles of a young woman at the beginning of the last century, conflicting feelings about WWI and local German-Americans.

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Jean I also thought the book was delightful.


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