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Kirby Larson

Biography

Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY, a young adult historical novel she wrote inspired by her great-grandmother, Hattie Inez Brooks Wright, who homesteaded by herself in eastern Montana as a young woman. Just released --- due to popular demand by her readers --- is HATTIE EVER AFTER, the final installment in Hattie’s adventures. Her passion for historical fiction is evident in THE FENCES BETWEEN US and THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as her fall 2013 title, DUKE. In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend, Mary Nethery, which has resulted in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL (illustrated by JeanCassels) and NUBS: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. A frequent speaker, Kirby enjoys sharing her passion for research, reading and writing. She has presented at more than 200 schools, workshops and seminars in nearly 20 states and as far away as Qatar and Lebanon. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband.

Kirby Larson

Books by Kirby Larson

by Kirby Larson - Fiction, Historical Fiction

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream. She wants to be a reporter. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. But, Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Hattie holds her own in the big city, but can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love?

by Kirby Larson - Historical Fiction

One fateful day in December 1941, Piper Davis awaits the news of her brother, a soldier on the battleship Arizona stationed in Pearl Harbor. She wonders about the fate of her brother while rationing and blackouts take hold in Seattle. Soon, Piper faces the incarceration of her Japanese neighbors. As she learns about the heartbreaking realities of war, Piper begins to understand that she has the power to make a difference.

by Kirby Larson - Historical Fiction

For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to "prove up" on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends through letters and articles for her hometown paper.