Reviews for Hattie Ever After

AudioFile Reviews 2013 April
In this sequel, Hattie joins a theater troupe for a chance to get to San Francisco and follow her dream of becoming a reporter. Narrator Kirsten Potter gives Hattie the right mix of practicality and pluck as she attempts to figure out life in the big city while also sorting out her feelings for Charlie, who is back home after his service in WWI and ready to get married. Hattie's troubles are relatable in any era, and Potter makes them even more so with her performance. Listeners will feel emotions right along with Hattie as she marvels at new sights and sounds and steels herself to take on challenges. A.F. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 April #5

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.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 June

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

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