About the Book
This historical fiction book, winner of a 2006 Newbery Honor for children’s books, is perfect for girls graduating from the Little House on the Prairie series. Author Kirby Larson based this tale on her own great-grandmother’s experiences as a teenage homesteader.
Sixteen-year old Hattie leaves her home in Iowa,where she’s been shuttled between relatives, to take over her Uncle Chester’s Montana homestead claim. Arriving in Montana, she creates a new family among her fellow homesteaders.
Also available on audiobook , this story is a great choice for family listening.
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- If you were in Hattie’s shoes, what would have been the hardest thing for you to do? What would you have most enjoyed?
- Hattie is 16 years old, and nearly loses her homestead because of her age. Do you think Hattie ultimately lost her homestead because she was too young or for another reason? (Refer to her Honyockers Homily at the start of Chapter 20.)
- Traft Martin is thought by many to be a bad guy, but Hattie often gives him the benefit of the doubt. What do you think about Traft?
- The author’s note tells us this book was based on a true story. Explore your family tree. Does your family have any stories that might make a good book?