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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirby Larson Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780739355732
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For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends--especially Charlie, fighting in France--through letters and articles for her hometown paper.

Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madame Butterfly | 2/19/2014

    " This was a wonderful coming of age story that was richly told. I would definitely recomend this to anyone looking for a good historical novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/12/2014

    " I was shocked by how much I loved this book. One of the librarians suggested it when I told her I was desperate for some good reading. The premise seemed uninteresting, but after a few pages, I was sucked in by the poetical writing. I loved it. Beautiful, beautiful writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 2/5/2014

    " good story could see and feel the, only i wanted a better ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julee | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book. I continued to think about it when I was not reading it, pondering Hattie's situation and her sorrows. I was curious why Hattie washed her hair in sugar water and began to research it and other things I was unfamiliar with about the era. The characters in this story seemed very real to me. I began to wonder about books that Chase would enjoy reading and decided to try out Perilee's recipes. These are all indicators of a well crafted story. I think a good project for this book would be to write Hattie a letter and ask her questions about Montana farm life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aysha Herrera | 1/25/2014

    " Such an inspirational story. I want to learn more about the REAL Hattie Inez Brooks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzan | 1/25/2014

    " Hattie's uncle leaves her his land in Montana, but she must homestead it before it becomes hers. Good story about a young girl on her own, prejudice against foreigners, and life in early Montana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/20/2014

    " Love her strength and perseverance throughout this book. This book has the potential to be very dull, but it never was - a great read - highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 1/13/2014

    " If you have not read this book you simply have to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora Lee | 1/11/2014

    " If you are interested in how German-Americans were treated during World War II and how homesteaders survived in Montana at the time of the war, you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennefer | 1/3/2014

    " This is a great story. I was a little disappointed with the ending though. I felt like the author just sort of stopped the story. I wish Hattie would have been the one to find success and Charlie would have been able to go to Montana to be with her. Overall, though a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/10/2013

    " I liked this - the Montana setting, the time period, the characters - well enough, but the whole anti-German sentiment plotline was just too hackneyed and cliched. I liked the bittersweet/hopeful ending though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 8/27/2013

    " This was a really great book. A different story than any I had read before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 7/10/2013

    " Loved every minute of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 7/8/2013

    " This book beautifully evokes the hardships of homesteaders, along with their love of the land and each other. I found it to be historically accurate and well-written. A lovely story with engaging characters, and Hattie is loosely based on the author's great-grandmother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan Reuel | 3/21/2013

    " Homesteading in Montana in early 1900's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulina | 10/16/2012

    " This book is about a girl that enherits a piece of land and to obtain it she must demonstrate that she is capable of taking care of a place that can be her own. It is really good on her persistance and demonstrating on reaching dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella | 10/7/2012

    " This book was full of life. It had drama, sadness, humor, and a hint of romance. It always kept me on my toes. After each chapter I was always yearning for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 8/26/2012

    " I loved this book! I think I have several students that will fall in love with Hattie, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy T | 6/30/2012

    " I would have absolutely loved this book if I'd read it when I was young. I was a sucker for a-girl-on-the-prairie story. Come to think of it, I still am! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 9/16/2011

    " I would have loved this book as a teenager/young adult; as an old adult it was still OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malina | 9/11/2011

    " A great young adult read. Now I want to go homestead. Even if it's not that romantic as Hattie learns. Seriously! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 7/30/2011

    " I'm a huge historical fiction fan and this book truly satisfied my love for a good read. I loved this book from the beginning to end. the way the main character Hattie was developed from a scared young woman to an independent worker was a real nice touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elianna | 5/18/2011

    " Good. but not SPECTACULAR. I admired the Grit and determination that Hattie Posessed but,I couldn't get into the story... About 2/3rds of the way through I didn't care if she lost the farm or not.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/18/2011

    " This is a random book that I picked off the shelf. I really enjoyed it and think it would be great for any young woman to read. The main character had admirable qualities and it's a good story about working hard to accomplish something seemingly impossible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/16/2011

    " This book was very captivating. I just couldn't put it down! Something about it made me want to keep reading and reading. :P (this isn't much of a review -- but I will end with saying that this book is truly a GOOD READ !!) :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/13/2011

    " a 16-year-old homesteader in montana. the stuff of dreams for some. i liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/9/2011

    " I fell in love with Hattie. Superbly written, this books takes you right inside the dust bowl and inside one young woman's stuggle to survive. A must must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/11/2011

    " Why take a great true story with a good outcome and make it one with a poor one? I loved the story, but why change it from a strong story of a woman making it against all odds to failure? I wish that wasn't included after you read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malina | 4/7/2011

    " A great young adult read. Now I want to go homestead. Even if it's not that romantic as Hattie learns. Seriously! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/5/2011

    " A rather slow start... but picked up towards the middle. A great book to give you a snapshot of what it must have been like to live during the early 1900s on a homestead. Almost made me cry at the end though...so warning: it is sad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellissa | 4/5/2011

    " I'm not a big crier, but this one brought me to tears. So good and so well written. It made me want to go to Montana and stake my claim...well, maybe, as long as there was indoor plumbing. "

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