HATTIE BIG SKY, by Kirby Larson
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Vocabulary Quiz Available
Audiobook Available in HS Library
I listened to the audio book for this one, and time definitely flew as I was swept away to another time and place, into the life of Hattie Brooks, a sixteen year old orphan who inherits 320 acres from her uncle and moves all by herself, from Arlington, Iowa to Vida, Montana. Upon arrival she learns that in order to “prove up” her claim she has to cultivate forty acres and set 480 rods of fence within a year. Hattie realizes it’s a huge undertaking, her tenacity takes over and she sets out to do whatever it takes. Set against the backdrop of war and unrest, Larsen weaves Hattie’s and the other Montana families’ story beautifully. I fell in love with the characters and hope that students will too.