This sequel to Hattie Big Sky, set in the early 20th century, sees young Hattie taking a chance and traveling to San Francisco to follow her dream of becoming a newspaper reporter. In doing so, she struggles both with her heart--because it means leaving behind the man who wants to marry her--and with the difficulty of proving herself in a field dominated by men. Kristen Potter ably portrays Hattie, conveying her emotions--particularly her terror when she takes a wild ride in a small plane, and her pain when a friend betrays her trust. Potter also creates character-distinctive voices, such as a cleaning woman's Irish lilt and a detective's French accent. Fans of the previous installment will enjoy Hattie's further adventures, as will anyone interested in getting a glimpse at life in the early 20th century. Ages 10-up. A Delacorte hardcover. (Feb.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC
Gr 6-10--Hattie Inez Brooks, who first appeared in Larson's Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006; Listening Library 2007), is back with a lot to prove. It's 1919 and the 16-year-old has big dreams. She wants to be a reporter and leave her rural home in Montana for San Francisco. Hattie is paying off the last of her uncle's debt while accepting an offer to become a seamstress for a travelling vaudeville troupe. Taking a new job in a new city means having to say goodbye to her home and to her love interest, Charlie. Soon she's riding the rails heading to San Francisco and trying to find a job as a reporter. While this sequel (Delacorte, 2013) can stand alone, there are references here to events and characters from the previous book, so it would be beneficial for listeners to have listened to or read it. Kirsten Potter narrates and Larson reads the author's notes. Potter's voice and tone throughout the tale keep listeners engaged. It is refreshing to listen to a story about a young woman who turns down a love interest in order to pursue a dream. This historical fiction title is a good choice for Women's History Month.--Katie Llera, Sayreville Middle School, NJ[Page 58]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.