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DUKE by Kirby Larson

• The heartwarming story about a young boy who “loans” his best friend to a canine combat unit during World War II, based on actual events

• Lead Fall 2013 title for Scholastic

With the world at war, can a boy be as brave as his dog?

With World War II raging and his father fi ghting overseas in Europe, elevenyear-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German Shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to “loan” their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniff ers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again?

Will life ever be the same?


“[a] hugely inspirational true account.”—Booklist *Starred Review*

“This is a feel-good entry in the current trend of inspirational true animal stories.”—School Library Journal

Audience: Middle Grade

US: Scholastic, Fall 2013

Materials Available: Galleys, Page Count: 225

Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic thanks to a snippet of a story about her great-grandmother homesteading in eastern Montana. That bit of family lore inspired her to write HATTIE BIG SKY, a young adult historical novel, which won a 2007 Newbery Honor Award and Montana Book Award.

She's honored that Scholastic has asked her to write the lead title in the re-launch of the Dear America series: THE FENCES BETWEEN US will be out in September 2010. A second historical novel for Delacorte, tentatively titled THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, will hit the shelves Spring 2011.

In 2005, Kirby began collaborating with dear friend, Mary Nethery. Their first book, illustrated by Jean Cassels,TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE TALE OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL won the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Award. Their latest book, NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE AND A MIRACLE, is a New York Times bestseller and Christopher Award winner.

Kirby is keeping herself well-caffeinated (tall nonfat lattes, extra hot) in order to finish three more historical novels demanding her attention. www.kirbylarson.com


• The much-anticipated follow-up to the beloved 2007 Newbery Honor Book HATTIE BIG SKY

• Lead title for Delacorte/Random House

• Starred Kirkus

• Spring 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List pick

• Amazon Best Children’s Books of February pick

In HATTIE EVER AFTER, orphan Hattie Inez Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffi ce. Real reporters must go Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Ha􀀧 ie’s hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Ha􀀧 ie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper.

A letter and love token from her Uncle Chester’s old fl ame in San Francisco fuels that desire, and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her “scoundrel” uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must fi rst tell her good friend Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Even though her heart approves of Charlie’s plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a by-line, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly’s. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to fi nd her own true place in the world.


“Larson’s prodigious research allows her to accurately recreate San Francisco between 1915 and 1920, and the city will come alive for readers as much as it does for Hattie...Readers will fall for this earnest, wide-eyed and strong-minded young woman who does indeed become a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, covering baseball, an airplane excursion and an earthquake and even interviewing President Woodrow Wilson. Historical fi ction with heart.”—Kirkus *Starred Review*

“This sequel was well worth the wait. Larson captures the essence of the time period by describing the fashion, day-to-day activities, and architecture with detail that perfectly seasons an already rich story. Hattie remains a likable character to whom readers will relate as she navigates new territory while pursuing her goals...HATTIE BIG SKY fans will be pleased with the continuation, though reading the fi rst book is not required to fully enjoy the tale. Recommend this book for historical fi ction readers, and all ages would appreciate this lovely story.”—VOYA

“Fans of the fi rst book will be thrilled to see the ups and downs of Hattie’s romance with old boyfriend Charlie, while her relationship with another fellow leads to an interesting twist. This is reminiscent of Maude Hart Lovelace’s later Betsy books, whose heroine also wanted to write. And that’s high praise.” —Booklist

“Hattie…is the kind of character readers actually wonder about after closing the book, and her fans from her fi rst title will be satisfi ed, and even perhaps relieved, to know she fi nds her footing in the world.”—BCCB

“Larson’s meticulous research brings early-20th-century San Francisco to life, and readers will feel that they are right there with Hattie in the hustle and bustle of a booming city. The way in which she achieves not only her professional ambitions but also personal growth and fulfi llment leads to a wholly satisfying conclusion, and the author’s note gives readers a good feel for the solid historical foundations of Hattie’s story...”—School Library Journal


“Larson’s vivid descriptions of the harshness of the work and the extreme climates, and the strength that comes from true friendship, create a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered. Hattie’s courage and fortitude are a tribute to them.” —School Library Journal *Starred Review*

“Writing in fi gurative language that draws on nature and domestic detail to infuse her story with the sounds, smells, and sights of the prairie, she creates a richly textured novel full of memorable characters.”—Booklist *Starred Review*