Hattie Ever After

By: Kirby Larson

The sequel to Hattie Big Sky
Hattie moves to San Francisco, hoping to become a reporter and to find Ruby, a mysterious woman from her uncle Chester’s past. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780385906685

JLG Release: Apr 2013


Series: Hattie
Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes
Topics: Self-reliance , Orphans , Reporters and reporting , San Francisco, California , Twentieth-century history

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Awards & Honors

2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List, Middle Grade Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

The feisty protagonist from Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) returns. In 1919, the 17-year-old is working at a boardinghouse in Montana. The restlessness that she has been feeling comes to a head when a surprise visit from Charlie makes her see that she cannot contemplate settling down as his wife until she pursues her own ambitions as a rep The feisty protagonist from Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) returns. In 1919, the 17-year-old is working at a boardinghouse in Montana. The restlessness that she has been feeling comes to a head when a surprise visit from Charlie makes her see that she cannot contemplate settling down as his wife until she pursues her own ambitions as a reporter. Hattie travels with a vaudeville troupe to San Francisco. At first, it seems that her only exposure to the newspaper world will be as the night-shift cleaning woman for the San Francisco Chronicle, but perseverance and a few lucky coincidences allow her to achieve her dream of being a full-fledged reporter in a way that highlights the struggles of women in the workforce in the aftermath of World War I. Along the way, Hattie struggles with her decision to leave Charlie behind, especially as she is betrayed by people she thought were friends. As difficult as some of these incidents are, Hattie manages to find true friendship in surprising places. Larson’s meticulous research brings early-20th-century San Francisco to life, and readers will feel that they are right there with Hattie in the hustle and bustle of a booming city. The way in which she achieves not only her professional ambitions but also personal growth and fulfillment leads to a wholly satisfying conclusion, and the author’s note gives readers a good feel for the solid historical foundations of Hattie’s story. While this novel stands on its own, references to characters and events in the earlier book may be confusing to those meeting Hattie for the first time.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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Fans anxious to know what happened to Montana homesteader Hattie after the Newbery Honor-winning Hattie Big Sky get their wish in Larson’s big-city sequel. Hattie follows a traveling vaudeville troupe to San Francisco to pursue her dream of becoming a reporter (and to find out more about her mysterious deceased uncle, Chester). The cit Fans anxious to know what happened to Montana homesteader Hattie after the Newbery Honor-winning Hattie Big Sky get their wish in Larson’s big-city sequel. Hattie follows a traveling vaudeville troupe to San Francisco to pursue her dream of becoming a reporter (and to find out more about her mysterious deceased uncle, Chester). The city offers limitless possibility—“each block we passed promised Grand Adventure”—and Hattie soon leaves the troupe to work (as a cleaning woman) at the San Francisco Chronicle. Accomplishing her goals isn’t easy: Hattie encounters sexism and betrayal in the newsroom; she’s the victim of a con artist; and she constantly questions her decision to leave beau Charlie in order to live her own life. But her unflagging optimism and determination, along with her ability to take advantage of fortunate circumstances, propel her “from heavy lifting to headlines.” Larson’s excellent research makes the early twentieth century come alive: Hattie experiences an earthquake, flies in an airplane, and interviews President Woodrow Wilson in a broken elevator. Hattie’s transformation from a naive, timid “country mouse” to a confident, independent young woman makes the story’s ending—in which she discovers where (and with whom) home really is—all the more gratifying. rachel l. smith

Book Details

ISBN

9780385906685

First Release

April 2013

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 13;

Lexile

Level 720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes

Topics

Self-reliance, Orphans, Reporters and reporting, San Francisco, California, Twentieth-century history,

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