I loved the first book about Hattie so much that I brought the whole family to Half Price Books the very next day just so I could hopefully get the next book. Lo and behold, there one single copy stood on the shelf ready for me to bring home. Unfortunately being able to get the book so quickly meant that I practically ignored Brandon all night, I had to know what happened to Hattie and all of her big dreams.
Kirby Larson did it again; the sequel is just as good as the first book. I loved the direction Hattie went, I loved how she grew, I loved the history of San Francisco and how it was intertwined with Hattie’s story. The only thing I hated was thinking that this very well may be it for Hattie. That Kirby Larson did such a great job leaving the reader happy that perhaps she will move on to something else. I do not know the answer, but I can only hope that just one more book will be written.
Bottom line: cannot wait to get my 5th graders to read these books.
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.