I almost squealed with delight when I discovered Hattie Ever After, the sequel to Kirby Larson’s Hattie Big Sky. Of course, I immediately came home and devoured it, I was so anxious to find out what happens to Hattie after she leaves Montana.
I appreciated Larson’s treatment of Hattie – even though she loves a boy from ‘home’, Larson doesn’t send her back to Iowa to marry. Instead, sweet, naive Hattie goes to the big city to try her hand at being a reporter.
While there, she lucks into some great situations, ends up being a reporter and then realizes that the boy she thinks she likes has used her to advance his career. Instead of becoming embittered, she shakes it off and stays true to herself.
I love Hattie’s honesty, diligence and willingness to work hard. I love her determination to follow her dream, and her willingness to change direction when needed. Hattie is a great role model, both in Hattie Big Sky, and in Hattie Ever After.
Highly recommended for ages 12 and up (to read). Although I’ve not listened to the audiobook, I did notice the same person who read Hattie Big Sky reads this book, so it should be good as well. I think children as young as 8 will enjoy listening to Hattie Ever After.