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Hattie Ever After

by Kirby Larson

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Hattie makes the moves necessary to make her dreams of becoming a reporter come true. I love that this character takes chances. Surprise ending. ( )
  AmberEgan | Sep 1, 2014 |
(This review contains some slight, necessary spoilers for Hattie Big Sky, if you're concerned about such things.)

Hattie is working hard in Great Falls, Montana, but it's hardly what she wants to do forever. Ever since the newspaper back in Iowa published her short articles about homesteading life, Hattie has cherished a secret dream of becoming a journalist like Nellie Bly or Ida Tarbell. When the opportunity to travel to San Francisco falls into her lap, Hattie seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start -- even though her heart tells her to travel to Seattle, where her dear friend Charlie has made his own fresh start. It's clear that Charlie wants Hattie to come to Seattle and become his wife -- but Hattie wants more out of life than just domestic bliss. And San Francisco beckons, promising to reveal not only Hattie's future, but possibly Uncle Chester's past as well. . . .

I loved Hattie Big Sky and was excited to see what was ahead for Hattie, especially since I was not expecting a sequel. This book did not disappoint! Hattie's exploits in San Francisco were completely believable, but also exciting and dramatic. I knew what I wanted to happen for Hattie, but I was never sure that those things would come to pass, so I was on the edge of my seat up until the very end of the book. I certainly don't want to give anything away, but I will just say that I found this book a satisfying continuation of Hattie's adventures. ( )
  foggidawn | Jun 7, 2013 |
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson is the sequel to Hattie Big Sky. When I first heard there was a sequel, I felt a charge of excitement. I read the book with huge expectations; Hattie Ever After not only met them, it surpassed them.

It's 1919 and Hattie is working and living at a boarding house. She is trying to pick up the pieces from losing her uncle's homestead. When a theater troupe offer her the opportunity to travel to San Francisco, she jumps at the chance.

San Francisco is an overwhelming city full of opportunities. The first few chapters in the City follow Hattie as she plays tourist and learns to navigate. Then she finds her niche and thrives. It was such a wonderful thing to see Hattie succeed (although she does have a few problems, too) after her struggles in the first book.

Included in these early chapters are reproductions of actual postcards that would have been on sale in 1919. In fact, it was the attention to detail that continues to make Hattie a relatable character, and her surroundings and adventures, believable. ( )
  pussreboots | May 28, 2013 |
From March 2013 SLJ:
Gr 6�-10: �The feisty protagonist from Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) returns. In 1919, the 17-year-old is working at a boardinghouse in Montana. The restlessness that she has been feeling comes to a head when a surprise visit from Charlie makes her see that she cannot contemplate settling down as his wife until she pursues her own ambitions as a reporter. Hattie travels with a vaudeville troupe to San Francisco. At first, it seems that her only exposure to the newspaper world will be as the night-shift cleaning woman for the San Francisco Chronicle, but perseverance and a few lucky coincidences allow her to achieve her dream of being a full-fledged reporter in a way that highlights the struggles of women in the workforce in the aftermath of World War I. Along the way, Hattie struggles with her decision to leave Charlie behind, especially as she is betrayed by people she thought were friends. As difficult as some of these incidents are, Hattie manages to find true friendship in surprising places. Larson's meticulous research brings early-20th-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. While this novel stands on its own, references to characters and events in the earlier book may be confusing to those meeting Hattie for the first time.�Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Having previously enjoyed Hattie's first adventures in HATTIE BIG SKY, I loved following Hattie to San Francisco to pursue her dreams of becoming a reporter. The writing style lends itself to the story - Hattie's first-person turns of phrase seem likely to come from a practiced writer, as Hattie ostensibly is by the time she'd be writing her 'memoir'. Um, I suppose it could stand alone, but I feel like readers who are already familiar with Hattie and her situation will be more invested in HATTIE EVER AFTER.

Readalikes: FLYGIRL by Sherri Smith. This story is also a historical story featuring a woman trying to make it in a man's profession.

NEWSGIRL by Liza Ketchum. This story about a girl making her way in 1850s San Francisco might appeal to readers who enjoyed the historical setting of HATTIE EVER AFTER.

BYLINES: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY OF NELLIE BLY by Sue Macy. Hattie often references Nellie Bly as someone who's inspiring her career. This nonfiction book talks about Nellie Bly's life and her career in journalism. ( )
  abbylibrarian | Apr 7, 2013 |
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Readers first met Hattie Brooks in the Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky (2006). Now Hattie has left Montana for San Francisco, hoping she can find a way to become a newspaper reporter. In quick succession, Hattie works as seamstress for a vaudeville troupe, a char woman at the San Francisco Chronicle, and then becomes a researcher there as she finds ways and people to help her work her way up the ladder. One of the best parts about this is the way Larson brings San Francisco, circa 1919, alive especially the opportunities and stumbling blocks for women. Less successful are a few of the plot points, including the introduction of a scammer, who seemingly spends more money on Hattie than the small change she is able to swindle from her. But 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. -- Copyright 2010
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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 that 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 about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks. 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:35 -0400)

In 1919, seventeen-year-old Hattie leaves the Montana prairie--and her sweetheart Charlie--to become a female reporter in San Francisco.

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