HATTIE EVER AFTER
by: Kirby Larsen
Delacorte Press 2013
From the jacket flap:
Great Falls, Montana, 1919
When Hattie mails off her last check to Mr. Nefzger, her uncle’s debt is paid in full. Now she is free to go anywhere, away from Mrs. Brown’s boardinghouse and the less-than-glamorous life of a chambermaid. Hattie’s dear friend Perilee urges her to do the sensible thing and join her family in Seattle. But Hattie is not prone to the sensible. What sensible girl would say yes to spending a year under Montana’s big sky trying to make a go of a long-lost uncle’s homestead claim? And what sensible girl would say no to Charlie, who is convinced he and Hattie are meant to grow old together?
For all its challenges and sorrows, Hattie’s time on the homestead gave her a taste of what if might be like to stake her own claim on life. She hasn’t yet confessed it to anyone, not even to Perilee, but Hattie has thrown a lasso around a dream even bigger than a Montana farm.
She wants to be a big-city reporter.
And thanks to a vaudeville vanishing act, a mysterious love token, an opera star and her unique ability to throw a snake ball, it looks like Hattie just might have a chance.
For a special bonus today, I wanted to quickly share two wonderful picture books that I read over the weekend.
by: Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg
Random House Children's Books 2013
I checked this out of the library, but now I definitely want to own a copy. Such a simple, beautifully written book, especially after knowing it was written to help those in the Sandy Hook and Newtown, Connecticut communities.
by: Lori Mortensen and Jeff Mack
HarperCollins Children's Books 2012
Lori is a master of rhyme and I love Jeff Mack's illustrations of farm animals. (He's great in Mr. Duck Means Business too.) Their take on the familiar nursery rhyme - "Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!" - is fantastic!
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