Monday, July 29, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After

It's been awhile but today I'm back with Marvelous Middle Grade Monday . . .

One of my book secrets: I love it when I'm late to a series, especially when I'm so late the series is complete! In fact, this is how I read the Harry Potters. By the time I began reading them, Book 7 was already out, and I read Books 1-7 in about two weeks.

The same is true of today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday picks. Only these aren't exactly a series. From what I understand, the author, Kirby Larson, didn't plan on writing the second book--at first. It was only when she received so many questions about, "What happened to Hattie later?" that she decided to write the second.

Hattie Big Sky is a Newbery Honor from 2007, which I'd heard of, of course, but never read. And then I started hearing about Hattie Ever After, which released earlier this year. So I grabbed both from my local library and started reading. And you should too, if you haven't already.

They fit that "could be middle grade or YA" category, but Hattie is sixteen when the stories begin, obviously more YA in age, so my library houses both books in the YA section. But truly, any reader of any age will adore Hattie--both the character of Hattie and Hattie's stories. And what's also to love is that Hattie's brave -- it's what I find most endearing about her. Someone who heads off to Montana in 1918 to prove up on her uncle's homestead and then moves to San Francisco in the early 1920s to be a journalist in a time when women didn't "work" is someone to admire.

For more middle grade recommendations follow the links on Shannon Messenger's blog.
Happy middle grade reading! 

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting about these two books. I have heard a lot about both of them and have been thinking about reading them, too.

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  2. Haven't heard about them, but I may recommend them to my granddaughters.

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  3. I've read (and reviewed) both these books. Kirby Larson is a wonderful writer. Her stories just flow along so well. And Hattie is such a likeable, believable character. I don't think there's a book three in the works, but I wish there were!

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  4. Read and loved book one and am really looking forward to the next one! I so agree on the appeal of this to middle grade kids.

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  5. Thanks for the recommendations, Barbara! The first one came out when we lived overseas, and I still haven't checked it out yet. I know what you mean about coming to a series late in the game and getting to devour them all at once. I must admit that I did that recently with Downton Abbey. ;-)

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  6. I just read Hattie Big Sky recently and am looking forward to finding time for the sequel. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. You know I have read these. I love the era, so I think I'd better get busy and check them out.

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  8. These look really good. I like historical and this might be a good series for me. :) Thanks for highlighting them!

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  9. I read the former and enjoyed! But the latter is new to me. I'll have to check it out.

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  10. Haven't read this but it sounds good. Don't worry. I didn't start the Harry Potter series until book 4 came out. It's okay to be late reading things.

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  11. Those look good. I started Harry Potter a month or so before book four came out.

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  12. These are unfamiliar to me but I find the historical aspect interesting so on my list they go.
    The last time I devoured a complete series was when I read The Hunger Games and The Forest Of Hands And Teeth.

    ~Akoss

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  13. I so know what you mean about loving being late to a series. There is nothing better than going from one right into the next when it's a great series. Instant gratification rocks. And there's nothing worse than having to wait for months for the books in a series to come out if you read them in "real time." Thanks for this review.

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  14. Thanks, Barbara. I've read them both and love them. I love historical fiction. I've got an author interview over on my blog (forgot to send the info to Shannon) and her ebook is free to download until tomorrow. Hope you get to check it out.

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  15. Thanks for featuring this - it sounds like a read I'd enjoy.

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  16. I hadn't heard of these. Thanks for sharing!

    It's funny that we both posted about reading a series once it's finished. I read the Harry Potter books about six months before book 7 came out, so I had to wait a bit. I didn't read The Hunger Games until they were all out, though, and I'm very glad on that one. It would have been torture to wait!

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  17. This sounds wonderful! I love historical fiction, as I've said before, but when it's about a strong female protagonist it's even better. Hattie is definitely going on my TBR list.

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  18. I've never heard of these before, yet the first book's been out since 2007? *shame on me* Glad to hear they're both worth the read!

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  19. I love it when I discover an enticing book(s) that's already readily available. I'm craving historical right now too. Thank you!

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  20. I have the first book in the series- but haven't read it yet. I just heard about the second one. They sounds SO good and I enjoy HF. I will definitely have to read these soon.

    I agree- it is fun when you don't have to wait. I read the first three HP books- but then I was part of the waiting crowd. It was fun getting my book with hundreds of other fans, but SO hard to wait.

    Thanks for the review!
    Stephanie

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  21. I've seen the second book around, but glad to hear your thoughts on both of them. They definitely sound like books I would love. Both added to the to-read list!

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  22. I love coming late to a series as well. I love these covers and they sound like good, wholesome stories. Will have to check them out. Thanks, Barbara!

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  23. I like coming to a series late, too. It's great to just be able to pick up the next book! I loved Hattie Big Sky. The second book struck me as a bit more...calculated.

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  24. I haven't seen these before. Thanks for sharing.

    I feel the same way about series. I'll discover one a decade or two after the last one is published and then try to gobble them all up.

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  25. I've heard of these. I think someone else I know reviewed them months ago.

    I'm with you about joining a series late. Now if I suspect the book is part of a series, I delaying starting it. It was okay at one point, when I had time to reread the earlier books. But I don't have time to do that anymore.

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  26. Just saw Kirby Larson talk at the LA SCBWI conference -- must read this books!!

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  27. Also - welcome back! I can't wait to see what you've been reading :)

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