Larson, Kirby. Hattie big sky.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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LARSON, Kirby. Hattie big sky. Random House, Delacorte. 289p. c2006. 978-0-440-23941-3. $8.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2006: Imagine Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie being all alone, a teenager, trying to establish a homestead in Montana. Larson has a grandmother in her family who did just that, and Hattie Big Sky is based on that woman's experiences. Hattie's uncle died before he could finish the requirements to own the homestead outright, and he wills his claim to young Hattie, an orphan who longs for her own home. Here is her chance. Fortunately, Hattie finds neighbors who become like family. It is 1917, the country is at war, and German immigrants are suspect as traitors. There are many such immigrants in Montana, and there are vigilantes trying to make anyone with a German name leave the area. Hattie's next-door neighbors, who help her survive, include a man who is German, so the persecution comes close to her, even threatening her own home because she refuses to turn her back on her neighbors. Throughout the story, she writes letters to Charlie...

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