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Hattie on Her Way

Hattie on Her Way

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by Clara Gillow Clark, John Thompson (Illustrator)
As she struggles to navigate polite nineteenth-century society, the feisty Hattie learns the difficult truth about a family mystery — and discovers her own capacity for forgiveness and love.

Now that Pa has plunked her down at Grandmother's in Kingston to get a good education like Ma, Hattie Belle Basket has traded her rough boy's overalls for a blue


As she struggles to navigate polite nineteenth-century society, the feisty Hattie learns the difficult truth about a family mystery — and discovers her own capacity for forgiveness and love.

Now that Pa has plunked her down at Grandmother's in Kingston to get a good education like Ma, Hattie Belle Basket has traded her rough boy's overalls for a blue checked dress that matches her eyes. But prettying up her rustic Hill Hawk ways is not so easy, and Hattie is sure she will never be at home in this fancy gingerbread house, where her prim grandmother and the buzzardlike cook continually remind her she can't compare with her sweet, beloved late mother. Even her tutor, Horace Bottle, seems more interested in food than he is in teaching. And now the stuck-up girl next door is taunting her — with rumors that a sinister fate has befallen Hattie's absent grandfather. Could someone in Grandmother's house be harboring an unspeakable secret?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This stand-alone sequel to Hill Hawk Hattie (Candlewick, 2003) is set in 1883 in Kingston, NY. Hattie's father, a logger and recent widower, takes her to live with her maternal grandmother to get a proper education. The intimidating "Hortensia the Unkind" and Rose, the "thorny old buzzard" who cooks for her, provide a less-than-inviting welcome committee. Still mourning, the 11-year-old is sad and lonely in her new home. Having spent the past few months dressed in overalls and working with her father, Hattie looks nothing like her delicate, demure mother, and appears to be a big disappointment when she arrives. Almost immediately, the child is aware that something is not right in the house. Then the prissy girl next door tells her that Hattie's grandmother is rumored to have killed her husband. Most of the story revolves around this mystery. Could this woman, whom her own mother had so dearly loved, actually have done something that horrible? Madame Blatzinsky, a spiritualist who makes regular house calls next door, adds to the spooky mood. Horace Bottle, the tutor, provides some comic relief as well as friendship for his frightened charge. Over time, Hattie grows closer to her grandmother and eventually learns the family secret that explains both her grandfather's disappearance and her mother's demise. Strong characters make this dark mystery an engaging read.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"All of society have dark, unmentionable secrets," Grandmother tells Hattie Belle Basket, whose father has placed her in Grandmother's care. Hattie feels like a hawk blown off course living with Hortensia Holmes Greymoor after her wild rafting adventure in the previous Hattie outing, Hill Hawk Hattie. However, the gumption learned from her logger father pays off when Hattie has to survive in the genteel society Mrs. Greymoor inhabits. As in any close social circle, rumors and gossip abound, some connected to the mysteries in Hattie's own life: What exactly was wrong with her now dead mother? What's the mystery behind her grandfather's disappearance? Was he murdered and buried in the garden? Hattie will have to prove she's a hawk that doesn't falter even when in a storm, as she deals with the protocol of polite society. With rich, descriptive prose and solid characterization, Clark successfully develops a hugely satisfying mystery and family story with a perfect ending. (Fiction. 9-13)

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Candlewick Press
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5.54(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.77(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Up close she was not so pretty. She had a round, flat face with little piggy eyes and a stuck-up nose, but she had the loveliest yellow curls that bounced when she walked, and bobbed when she moved her head, and boinged when she patted them, which she did pretty regular.

"I'm Ivy Victoria — after the Queen of England — Blackmore Vandermeer," she said in a superior, knowing way. "You may be a girl, but I think you should know that you look like a boy. Why is your hair so short?"

Right then and there, I knew I wasn't going to like her or her curls. I did not have that nice warm feeling like when I'd met Jasper. "None of your business," I said. . . .

"You talk funny, too. Did you know that?" she said.

"I talk with my mouth, same as you," I said.

"I mean, you sound like a country bumpkin. Do you know what that means?" She spoke slowly, like I was ignorant or something worse.

I nodded. Yup, I was pretty sure that was like being called a Hill Hawk and uncouth. I grabbed my hat off the ground and pushed it on my head.

She got a sneaky look then. "You might be fun to play games with," she said. "Come over here now."

"Can't," I said. I was not about to take orders from the bossy likes of her. "My grandmother is waiting for me."

"Please?" she said, in a pleading sort of way. "I'll let you play with my ball."

I wet my lips. I wanted to bounce that ball all right. Maybe she just wanted a friend.

But then she pressed her face up against the fence. "Why doesn't your grandmother wear black?" she said.

A cold chill went down my spine. "Why should she?" I asked.

HATTIE ON HER WAY by Clara Gillow Clark. Copyright (c) 2005 by Clara Gillow Clark. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

Meet the Author

Clara Gillow Clark is the author of HILL HAWK HATTIE. She says of its sequel, HATTIE ON HER WAY, "Like Hattie, I attended a one-room school and lived in a rural area. Shortly after my father died, we moved to a town that seemed cold and frightening at first. In this new setting, I faced the challenge of being a tall misfit alongside petite girls who wore nice dresses and shiny shoes and knew the proper etiquette of birthday treats and valentines. Hattie's story is much tougher than my own, but we share many of the same emotional struggles, experiencing both loss and healing, and searching for sense and meaning in a topsy-turvy world."

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Hattie on Her Way 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GCKrause More than 1 year ago
Eleven-Year-Old Hattie Basket longs to return to her home on the upper Delaware River, where she, her pa and her best friend raft the rapids. But with her ma recently passed on, her pa takes her to her grandmother's house at Kingston-on-the-Hudson. Different river--different life--and one Hattie does not want any part of, until she discovers the soft side of her grandmother, the mystery that surrounds her old mansion, and the human bones she finds in the vegetable garden. Clara Gillow Clark has an easy storytelling style that keeps the reader invested in Hattie's plight. The strong hawk, who survives peril with watchful eyes and strong heart is a perfect metaphor for Hattie and Gillow Clark skillfully weaves the hawk throughout her story. If you like historical fiction told with the strong voice of a 19th century country girl, Hattie on Her Way is for you. It's the second book in a series of three. Hill Hawk Hattie is the 1st book and The Secrets of Greymoor is the third.