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Book Title: Hattie Big Sky|
The author of the book: Kirby Larson
Edition: Delacorte Press
Date of issue: February 27th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780385733137
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Reader ratings: 6.2
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ACTUALLY THIS WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE. Honestly I was afraid this was going to be SUPER GIRLY or SUPER ROMANCE-Y (or both). But… it really wasn’t? I mean it definitely would hold more of an appeal for girls, and it’s definitely not a new favorite, but the good news is that I only gagged once. *nods* (When the main character says something along the lines of “he’s so handsome, he can’t be evil.” And I feel like most girls would gag at that also. XD)
My favorite part about this was that it covers a unique aspect of WW1. I’ve never seen another historical novel cover anything like it. The primary conflict revolves around suspicion on the homefront of anything German, and the pressure on American citizens to prove their loyalty. SO INTERESTING. The author used the characters and the history to build a conflict that was engaging and that kept a fairly slow book going.
I also really liked how this blended WW1 with homesteading. SO UNIQUE. Plus I knew next to nothing about what homesteading was like until I read this book. I didn’t realize there was a deadline? And that you had to “prove up” on your claim? But the author worked those elements into the plot. I LOVED how the history in this book didn’t feel “tacked on.” It’s integral to the plot, the characters, and the conflict.
The theme was also written SO WELL. The author’s use of Hattie’s “nicknames” gave a tangible face to the character development. I’ve never seen anyone else do anything like that before, but it’s really creative and brilliant.
However, like I said, this definitely isn’t a new favorite. I had a hard time connecting with Hattie? Her voice was almost a little… stale. And then there were times when she would cry and I wouldn’t really get why? I’m pretty much just dismissing that as the fact that this is MORE of a girl book. It doesn’t really have any romance, and “girly” isn’t the word I would use for it (it’s pretty much all about hard work, community, farm life, neighbors helping each other, etc.), but it would definitely appeal more to girls since the main character IS a girl. Who would have thought.
Also, a few of the plot points didn’t make sense to me, and some of the conflict was left open-ended. It’s not that the conflict wasn’t RESOLVED…. It was just resolved in an open-ended, vague sort of way. (view spoiler)[ Karl never really stood up for himself; instead, the conflict between him and those suspicious of him just faded away as the book progressed. Traft never really got what was coming to him; instead, he just faded into the background of the story and became a less major character. (hide spoiler)]
The only other negative is that the characters can come close to misusing God’s name. UGH. The author walks a fine line, because the main character prays frequently, and nearly every character in the book is “religious” to some degree, but sometimes we still get an exclamation of “Lord!”
However, many times it doesn’t seem like a misuse of God’s name—since the characters pray often, it seems more like an actual cry to God. (Especially since many of these exclamations occur in serious situations. Or at one part Hattie finds something extremely dangerous at her neighbor’s house and whispers “Oh, Sweet Jesus.”) Still, I’d rather the author didn’t walk that line—it would have been easier to take this out. And it’s worth mentioning that some of the instances were undoubtedly misuses of God’s name; some of them were debatable, but some were not. Blergh. All in all, it was a pain and completely unnecessary.
I did appreciate the Christians elements in this though! It was nice to see them in a well-known book. Granted, I’m not sure this author is a Christian, and I didn’t agree with ALL OF IT. (for example, Hattie prays often but doesn’t seem to have a true relationship with God; the majority of her prayers occur when she’s faced with peril or when she wants to see God “work in mysterious ways.”)
SO YEAH. 3 stars. Some good, some bad, but there’s no denying that this was well-written. *nods* I doubt I’ll read the next book though. (unless someone else from my family tells me I’ll like it? idk the synopsis/cover are practically screaming “ROMANCE” XD)
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Read information about the authorKirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE--which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a finalist for the Washington State Book Award-- and DASH--which has garnered two starred reviews, a NAPPA Gold Award and a Capitol Choices nomination. She will have two new books out in 2016 -- watch for them!
In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend Mary Nethery resulting in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE STORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL, and NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE AND A MIRACLE.
Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband, Neil, and Winston the Wonder Dog. When she’s not reading or writing Kirby enjoys beach combing, bird watching, and traveling. She owns a tiara and is not afraid to use it.
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