December 26, 2007
December 26, 2007
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
A 2007 Newbery Honor Book, this riveting, well-imagined historical novel follows the path of 16-year-old Hattie Brooks as she bravely farms 300 inherited acres of land in the wilds of 1918 Montana by herself. Orphaned as a tiny child, Hattie has never known much warmth and love from the various relatives she's been shuttled between, and she leaps at the chance to strike out on her own. The narrative includes letters to Hattie's best friend, Charlie, who is fighting in Europe, and the intense difficulties, along with occasional triumphs, she encounters while farming her land. She develops close friendships with neighbors, witnesses the terrible prejudice that German-born Americans were faced with during WWI, and finds her own solid mettle beautifully. Inspired by the author's family history and extensive historical research.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Historical / United States / 20th Century, Social Issues / Self-Esteem + Self-Reliance
- Age: Teen
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Kirby Larson
- Online Item #: 11325208
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0288
- ISBN: 9780440239413
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported