Hattie Ever After

  • Title: Hattie Ever After
  • Author: Kirby Larson
  • ISBN: 9780385737463
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hattie Ever After After leaving Uncle Chester s homestead claim orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream even bigger than the Montana sky She wants to be a reporter knowing full well that a few pieces
    After leaving Uncle Chester s homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie s hero Nellie Bly Another girl might be stymied byAfter leaving Uncle Chester s homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie s hero Nellie Bly Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper A letter and love token from Uncle Chester s old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her scoundrel uncle and, in the process, help her learn about herself But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle Even though her heart approves of Charlie s plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly s But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks.

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    About Kirby Larson


    1. Kirby Larson went from history phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and DASH which has garnered two starred reviews, a NAPPA Gold Award and a Capitol Choices nomination She will have two new books out in 2016 watch for them In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend Mary Nethery resulting in two award winning nonfiction picture books TWO BOBBIES A TRUE STORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL, and NUBS THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE AND A MIRACLE Kirby lives in Ken, Washington with her husband, Neil, and Winston the Wonder Dog When she s not reading or writing Kirby enjoys beach combing, bird watching, and traveling She owns a tiara and is not afraid to use it.


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    1. I LOVED this book! I personally loved it more thanHattie Big Sky , because it was about her going into the city to become a newspaper girl and getting new clothes and all that. Some little notes: -The Hattie and Charlie scenes are definitely my favourite ones - They're so adorable.-THE COVER.It's beautiful. -I soooo appreciate that the description of Hattie's new outfit fits with the outfit on the cover. I really really love this cover.-The letters of Hattie. I loved them.-When Charlie comes to [...]

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    2. A good book, and one that will be enjoyed by the many fans of the first Hattie book. I don't think it's as good as the first one, however.Hattie seemed too young, too naive for her eighteen, especially when after having survived and thrived on the homestead for so long. Yes, that was country life and the city brings with it a different circumstance, and it's not like she wasn't a go-getter who took things into her own hands on multiple occasions, but still. Something I can't quite put my finger [...]

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    3. I thought I'd like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. In my opinion, it was better than the first book even. Also, I really liked the setting, as I didn't know much about it, plus it was just cool to begin with. Also, the characters were great. One of the highlights of this book was that we finally got to meet Charlie in person, which I loved. One of my new favorites.

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    4. Hattie Big Sky was one of those books that truly surprised me with how much it enveloped me in its world. Historical fiction is truly not my bag (especially middle grade HF) and it blew me away. I started reading Hattie Ever After with high expectations and found myself pleasantly satisfied with the first two thirds of the story, and then it goes downhill quite fast from there. Hattie's accomplishments come off as wild coincidences. Her encounter in the elevator with a very important man made my [...]

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    5. At first I really loved this; I actually think the beginning of the book was my favorite part. I found the boarding house setting to be really interesting, and I almost wish the plot would've stayed there—although the San Francisco setting was pretty neat as well. As the story continued, though, many of the plot points hinged on too-neat coincidences. The several chance encounters with famous people seemed especially improbable. I also felt like the girl power message was shoved down my throat [...]

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    6. I wanted to love this. I was predisposed to love this. The first book, if you haven't read it, was a historical YA book about a young woman trying to homestead, alone, at the beginning of WWI. It won the Newberry, and I found it charming and educational, having no idea homesteading lasted that long in the lower 48.Vague spoilers ahead:This book follows the same character, older now, to San Francisco after the war, where she tries to start a career as a reporter. The problem with the book is that [...]

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    7. I loved, loved, loved Hattie Big Sky. By the time, I finished the book, I felt like Hattie was one of my best friends. I was so proud of her and all that she attempted and all that she learned. And then she leaves Vida to start a new chapter. When I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I was thrilled. A little nervous. What would happen to Hattie now? Would our "friendship" still be there? Well, I should never have doubted Hattie or author, Kirby Larson. Hattie's voice rang clear and true [...]

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    8. This novel felt so rushed and lacked the appeal of the first book. Everything seems to come a little too easily for Hattie, who turns her back on Charlie to head out to San Francisco in hopes of pursuing a career as a reporter. She manages this goal in a relatively short time despite having no formal schooling, no secretarial skills, and no resources. Her romance with Charlie is the most genuine part of the book, and her tug of war with herself regarding career versus marriage is one many women [...]

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    9. 5 Stars! Such a great book. I enjoyed reading this series. I have learned somethings that I did not know about the struggles that had happened in America. I like it when I read books and then after finishing it I learn this that I did not know before. It is always great to learn new things that you never learned before. I did like this one a little bit better because it was more interesting than the first book I thought. I loved the writing and the Historical Fiction story. This is one Historica [...]

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    10. The sequel to Kirby Larson's highly acclaimed Hattie Big Sky, delivers with another terrific coming of age tale of chasing dreams. After losing her Montana farm Hattie moves to San Francisco to pursue her dream of being a reporter like her hero, Nellie Bly. But leaving for the big city means putting off her best friend, Charlie's marriage proposal. Will Hattie find a home for her heart in the big city?It isn't everyday that I find a gem such as Hattie Ever After in the Young Adult section these [...]

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    11. 3.5 stars. I liked this book but not as much as "Hattie Big Sky" which I think had more emotional depth and stronger surrounding characters. This book begins where the first one leaves off with Hattie working in Great Falls. She wants to be a reporter and eventually gets her chance in San Francisco, where she is challenged by misogyny and a puzzle involving her Uncle Chester. This story of Chester and Ruby Danvers was pretty easy to figure out from the beginning so I found no suspense there, alt [...]

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    12. In this long awaited sequel to the award winning Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) the story picks up Hattie after she lost her Montana homestead and arrives in San Francisco with hopes of making it as a newspaper reporter. To pay the bills, she takes on several jobs to survive. One of the jobs is as a cleaning lady at the San Francisco Chronicle. This particular job get her inside the building where she discovers the newspaper’s stock of back issues and began looking through them for news on h [...]

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    13. Bravo Kirby Larson! A first class read with a very authentic feel. You can tell she did her research on early 1900's San Francisco, airplanes, fashion and the newspaper business. And women! Hattie is so fresh and spunky and honestly believes she can do anything. And she does! Despite having her big heart and her trust violated in "Big Sky" and this book, she doesn't lose her pluck and determination. Way to go Hattie. And way to go Kirby Larson for a fantastic sequel to the Newbery Medal winning [...]

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    14. A beautiful story of hope, resilience, and passionate pursuit of dreams. Charlie's final letter made all my previous frustrations melt away. Kirbie Larson shares exquisite writing with us all!

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    15. This sequel to Hattie Big Sky served to clear up a lot of questions I had from the first book. It was weird because the first book and rhe sequel have such differing plots and settings. Even the main character was different. She was neive and quick to assume things.I did enjoy this book, but I didn't love it. At least it ended happily ever after.

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    16. LOVEI could not put this down! If there's another book exploring Hattie's adventures I will read it in a heartbeat! Hattie Ever After had drama, independence, feminism, love, and city-life adventure. It was very well written and had my attention the whole time. Each page had me wanting more. I totally recommend this series.

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    17. I loved her Hattie's first story, but the 2nd barely seemed like her. She made choices that didn't seem right for her character. I liked that she worked hard and stayed focused on her goal I just thought she would have gone about it differently

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    18. I personally think the book Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson is an ok book. It is the second book in the Hattie series. For me the book was a little boring. I did not read the first book Hattie Big Sky. Because I did not read it, that is probably part of the reason I thought it was boring, because I didn't understand some of the parts of the book. This book is set in the past, 1919, with the main character, Hattie who is an orphan because her Uncle Chester left her with the mystery of his death [...]

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    19. Hattie Big Sky was a really amazing book, and I was sorry it was over when I read it some years ago. Recently I re-read it for a couple of different reasons; one was that it was recommended as a great example of plot and scene structure in historical fiction for middle grade readers. It certainly is. The other was that the new one was coming out soon, and for a girl who reads as many books for young people as I, I felt that I wanted to refresh my memory about Hattie and who she was before the ne [...]

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    20. This is such a great book. After Hattie Big Sky, we find that she needs to move on and find another way to make her way in life. The problem? The most obvious, easy solution doesn't feel like the *right* one to her. She feels prompted to move to San Francisco of all places and try her hand at being a newspaper reporter. Say what? Talk about crazy talk! Men are getting back from the war, and sure there is one female reporter, Nelly Bly, that shows a women can be a reporter - but who is Hattie to [...]

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    21. Hattie Ever After picks up where Hattie Big Sky left off. Following her dreams, the (almost) fearless Hattie leaves behind the her small town life and finds herself in San Francisco. Here she has her chance to make it big as a newspaper reporter, a dream she's been holding for many years.But following that dream comes with risks. Will Charlie wait for her? Is she mean to survive in the big city? And what about this woman who claims to have loved her Uncle? Does Hattie owe her any gratitude?I lov [...]

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    22. I fell in love with Hattie Inez Brooks in Hattie Big Sky. Of course I wanted to know more about her journey after she failed to make good on her claim in Montana, but I also had a healthy dose of skepticism going in. Sequels can be excellent, and they can also be disappointing. I did not want to be disappointed.Kirby Larson certainly does not disappoint in this terrific follow-up to Hattie Big Sky. Although Hattie is operating in a completely different setting amongst very different types of cha [...]

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    23. I have never read Hattie Big Sky. We have it in our library but my To Read pile is so big I am not sure I will ever get to itd I would like to based on this follow up novel. There were a few instances where I could tell it would have been better if I had read Hattie Big Sky in order to have some background knowledge of characters but I was able to enjoy Hattie Ever After just the same.In this book Hattie wants to fulfill her dream of being a reporter and when she gets the chance to go to San Fra [...]

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    24. Having previously enjoyed Hattie's first adventures in HATTIE BIG SKY, I loved following Hattie to San Francisco to pursue her dreams of becoming a reporter. The writing style lends itself to the story - Hattie's first-person turns of phrase seem likely to come from a practiced writer, as Hattie ostensibly is by the time she'd be writing her 'memoir'. Um, I suppose it could stand alone, but I feel like readers who are already familiar with Hattie and her situation will be more invested in HATTIE [...]

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    25. I really enjoyed the first book, Hattie Big Sky (YA Historical Fiction), everything except the end, which I was so unsatisfied with that I almost rewrote it the way I felt it should be. When book 2 came out, I was hoping there was a chance for a redeemed ending. But it didn't pan out. This was an okay read, but it lacked some of the charm of the first book. AND, I still dislike this ending, even though it ends closer to what I probably wanted when I read the first book almost 6 or 7 years ago. I [...]

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    26. This book was okay but it wasn't nearly as good as Hattie Big Sky. Although it did give me closure with Charlie and her Uncle Chester, it just didn't satisfy me. Perilee and the kids aren't even in it besides the letters Hattie writes to them. I was really hoping that Hattie would go to Seattle to visit but it never happened. Also, everything with Ned and Ruby happened too fast. I feel like at the end, Hattie was just slapped in the face with all the bad, whereas in the first book, there were up [...]

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    27. This book was not as good as the first one, although I still enjoyed reading it. The first problem I had with this is that Hattie seemed so immature and helpless sometimes. This did not make sense because she has survived through a tough year on the claim and become so much more responsible, but right when she moved to San Fransisco she seemed almost foolish. Also, the ending was mediocre and not nearly as good as the first books ending. In the original, it ended with disappointment and it taugh [...]

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    28. Unfortunately, this one is worse than the first book, not better. Kind of like Forrest Gump, this girl goes from coincidence to unbelievable coincidence, amazingly being swept along toward her dreams. Maybe because there was no real family history connection, this book felt cobbled together - as it was - from old newspapers. The romantic elements do not feel authentic; the dialogue particularly has too much of a modern sound. Both the conflicts and the relationships are predictable and routine - [...]

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    29. Hattie Ever After By Kirby Larson, Hattie Ever After is the sequel to Hattie Big Sky. After leaving the homestead in Montana, which she inherited from her late Uncle; she traveled with a vaudville act to San Francisco as their seamstress with the thought of being a news paper reporter. She did get a job with the new paper as a janitor. When she extra time she began to do some research towards a great story which she accomplished and was the Chronicle's reporter. She still had her special friend [...]

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    30. In Hattie Big Sky, everything is impossible. In the sequel, everything Hattie tries to achieve is almost easy and she gets everything she wants. I honestly lost interest midway through and didn't finish it. I was annoyed at the beginning to learn that Hattie had refused an offer of marriage to Charlie to follow her dream of becoming a reporter. The girl was head over heels in love with him in the first book. The girl was aching for family and I just can't believe she would move to San Francisco [...]

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