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Hattie Ever After

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heroine struggles to become a reporter in strong sequel.

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Fans of Larson's Hattie Big Sky will be delighted to find much the same narrator here: Hattie is strong, good-hearted and brave about sharing her mistakes as she tries to become a reporter. HATTIE EVER AFTER is well researched, and readers will get a good sense of city life just before the 1920s, from the era's fashion and politics to what it was like for women to fight their way into the workforce. The author even treats readers to a few postcards of San Francisco from the time. Some of Hattie's reporting breaks seem a bit too fortuitous, such as being stuck in an elevator with the president. Likewise, a storyline about Hattie's friendship with her uncle's mysterious former girlfriend seems contrived; readers will mistrust Ruby from the beginning. In the end, though, readers will cheer as plucky Hattie works hard to become the person she wants to be -- and get everything she ever wanted.

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