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Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

08th January 2008

Hattie was an orphan, who had always been bounced around from relative to relative. She longed to put down roots, but feared she would never be given the chance. A surprise letter changed everything. Hattie’s Uncle Chester died, leaving Hattie his claim–320 unproved acres in far-off Montana. Although only 16 years old, Hattie seized her chance for independence, and went at once to claim her unseen land.

I absolutely loved this book. Hattie is a strong, independent character. She is a true friend to those in need, and rises to meet any challenge head on. Larson spent three years researching and writing this book, and her efforts paid off. She weaves together the difficulties of homesteading, the challenges of WWI, and the bonds of friendship into a beautiful tale.