Hattie Big Sky
by Kirby Larson
* * * * Stars (Great!)
It’s the first World war. Hattie Inez Brooks lives with her rather harsh and VERY opinionated aunt, and her passive and a bit kinder uncle. She’s living a humdrum life, nowhere close to where she wants to be, when she gets a letter from her Uncle Chester. In it, he deeds his homestead in Montana to her. Deciding to pick up her things and leave, she goes out to the wild unknown to work on the homestead and earn her land. However, when she gets there, the house is little more than a shanty, and she has to battle the odds of nature. Thankfully, there’s a family nearby…but something is not quite right with them either. Hattie will have to learn who are her friends, and either or avoid or become friends with a certain Traft Martin (either the greatest rascal or the sweetest ally). And, when she’s not fighting off prejudices, getting together with friends, or working to build endless rows of fences, she can write her pal Charlie Hawley who is off fighting in the war.
This story is a great read for those who want to learn a bit about the history during WWI but don’t want to plow through a nonfiction book. For middle and high school teens + adults.