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Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson May 1, 2013

Hattie Ever AfterAfter leaving Uncle Chester’s homestead in Montana, Hattie is ready to move on. She is given the opportunity to travel to the big city, San Francisco, and decides to go and pursue her dream of being a reporter. Upon arrival, Hattie sets out to find out why her uncle referred to himself as a scoundrel, to find her uncle’s long-lost flame, and to make her way into the newspaper office.  Will she make it on her own? Will Charlie wait for her to follow her dreams? Things are different in the big city and make Hattie realize that she has a lot to learn along the way.

I loved Hattie Big Sky and was excited to learn there was a newly-published sequel. The writing is simplistic and the story is innocent; this is a book I could recommend to upper elementary or homeschool patrons as well as anyone else who is looking for historical fiction. I didn’t like the sequel as much as the original, but the time period (early 20’s) is interesting and Hattie is a likeable character.

3 out of 5 stars


After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

0-439-83706-5Jeffrey survived leukemia when he was a kid, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped worrying about it. Now that he’s in 8th grade, he has other things to worry about, too. The limp and the foggy memory are a result of the cancer treatments, alongside the normal teenage boy worries like girls, tests, school. On top of all that, Jeffrey’s older brother Steven, the one who got him through all the hard times, is on a long trip to Africa to “find himself” and not there to talk to like he used to be. Jeffrey still has his parents, as embarrassing as they may be, his best friend Tad, and the cute new girl at school who has been paying him a lot of attention lately. With everything going on, Jeffrey’s trying to enjoy each day and live life to its fullest… just in case.

I read Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie a few years ago and really liked it. This is the sequel and takes place several years later; Steven is college-age and Jeffrey is in 8th grade. It’s a heartwarming story but not sappy. The boys are typical middle schoolers, making “your mom” jokes and teasing each other about girls. Be prepared for a bittersweet ending.

5 out of 5 stars


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