My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 next one came out. I am surely glad I did!
When I got the ARC for Hattie Ever After, I simply could not put it down. Larson’s latest is such a rich painting of a historical time I myself have been digging into. The scenes fairly burst with motion and I found myself very firmly planted in the time of the early 1900s. I met characters I could really believe in, too, no matter whether they were on Hattie’s side or no.
There is plenty of adventure for Hattie in this book, and plenty of heartbreak and betrayal, too. I love the connections to Seattle, since I live here, but most wonderful for me was the telling of the stories of women who finally stood up and lived their lives to their full potential in a time when most men were not at all interested in having them do so. Three cheers for Kirby Larson; you took Hattie on adventures none of us ever dreamed she’d find when we first read of her adventures out under the Big Sky.