Monday, July 29, 2013
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After
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!