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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (416 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirby Larson Narrator: Kirby Larson, Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] lively tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fans of the first novel will gladly reconnect with this memorable heroine, but the narrative stands firmly on its own, too.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the first book will be thrilled to see the ups and downs of Hattie’s romance with old boyfriend Charlie, while her relationship with another fellow leads to an interesting twist. This is reminiscent of Maude Hart Lovelace’s later Betsy books, whose heroine also wanted to write. And that’s high praise.”

    Booklist

  • “Readers will fall for this earnest, wide-eyed and strong-minded young woman…Historical fiction with heart.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Larson’s meticulous research brings early-twentieth century San Francisco to life, and readers will feel that they are right there with Hattie in the hustle and bustle of a booming city. The way in which she achieves not only her professional ambitions but also personal growth and fulfillment leads to a wholly satisfying conclusion, and the author’s note gives readers a good feel for the solid historical foundations of Hattie’s story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Hattie is the kind of character readers actually wonder about after closing the book, and her fans from her first title will be satisfied, and even perhaps relieved, to know she finds her footing in the world.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • A Kid’s Indie Next List for 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diana | 2/20/2014

    " I just started this to see if I liked it as much as Hattie Big Sky. I didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " Hattie has gumption in bucket-loads and I'm thrilled we get to follow her to San Francisco where she becomes a reporter. The language and details of the time period are spot on and really put you right alongside Hattie as she experiences San Fran. You can almost smell it, you're so there! As good as the Newbery honor book, HATTIE BIG SKY - you won't want to miss HATTIE EVER AFTER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole Handy | 2/6/2014

    " This is a great little squeal to the Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky. It is a young adult novel, so some of the plot lines were pretty obvious, but the strong female character was fun to read. I love how the author is comfortable leaving characters as imperfect and not wrapping everything up perfectly. Fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cari Young | 1/30/2014

    " This was a great sequel to Hattie Big Sky. I loved the way that Hattie's time under the Big Sky still influences the way she thinks and talks, even in the big city. This would be an excellent book for older elementary students who read on a higher level and want to read books about older topics, like falling in love. There's an intriguing mystery to solve, plus the excitement of a teenage girl trying to succeed in a mostly-male newsroom. "

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