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After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper.
A letter and love token from Uncle Chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle.
Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world.
Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks.
©2013 Kirby Larson (P)2013 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"Readers will fall for this earnest, wide-eyed, and strong-minded young woman.... Historical fiction with heart." ( Kirkus Reviews,)
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5 out of 5 stars
By littlelighthous0114 on 04-23-18

Loved all of it!

We listened to Hattie Big Sky and then Hattie Ever After as part of our homeschool. Both are amazing books and really engaging for our 8 and 10 year children. They want to hear about Hattie's children!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mike P. on 07-10-17

Great narrator tackles timeless story.

My one and only complaint is the increased amount of romance in Hattie Ever After vs Hattie Big Sky. There's nothing terrible or racy, but I listen with a 1st and 3rd grader- and the love interests of Hattie were not of interest to them. It would be perfect for 5th grade and up. The story is masterfully written and brings this period of history to life.

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