I also want to give a shout out to Rebecca Pry, who brought my book to life! Click HERE for some of her beginning sketches and HERE for some final illustrations.
Now for today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, a fantastic read by Kirby Larson that's been on my to-read list for a while now. I enjoyed another book by her, DUKE, that I shared with you this past fall, and knew she wouldn't disappoint.
HATTIE BIG SKY
by: Kirby Larson
Delacorte Books for Young Readers 2006
From Goodreads: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. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper.
Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.
Once again I learned how important it is in writing to find the fine line between description and sharing the story can be. I was immediately drawn to Hattie, and later on her new friends in Montana, so much so that the tears flowed at the end. I can't wait to read the sequel!
One other note, this book would fall into the older middle grade category, although younger middle grade could read it if they already had an understanding of World War I and how German immigrants were treated in the US.
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