This Newbery Honor winning, New York Times bestseller celebrates the true spirit of independence on the American frontier. <br> <br> For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to another. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she summons the courage to leave Iowa and move all by herself to Vida, Montana, to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim.<br> <br> Under the big sky, Hattie braves hard weather, hard times, a cantankerous cow, and her own hopeless hand at the cookstove. Her quest to make a home is championed by new neighbors Perilee Mueller, her German husband, and their children. For the first time in her life, Hattie feels part of a family, finding the strength to stand up against Traft Martin's schemes to buy her out and against increasing pressure to be a "loyal" American at a time when anything--or anyone--German is suspect. Despite daily trials, Hattie continues to work her uncle's claim until an unforeseen tragedy causes her to search her soul for the real meaning of home.<br> <br> This young pioneer's story is lovingly stitched together from Kirby Larson's own family history and the sights, sounds, and scents of homesteading life. <br> <br> AN AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS <br> A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK <br> A BOOKLIST EDITORS' CHOICE <br> NAMED TO 13 STATE AWARD LISTS <br> <br> "A marvelous story about courage, loyalty, perseverance, and the meaning of home." --Newbery Award-Winning Author Karen Cushman