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Kirby Larson was inspired by her great-grandmother when she wrote the Newbery Honor Book “Hattie Big Sky.” Hattie Inez Brooks Wright was a homesteader in Montana as a young woman. Larson’s readers so loved the book and wanted to learn more about Hattie’s life that Larson wrote “Hattie Ever After” (Delacorte/Random House), which completes Hattie’s story. Larson loves writing historical fiction, and her other titles include “Fences Between Us” and “The Friendship Doll.” Larson has also written (with Mary Nethery) two award-winning nonfiction picture books: “Two Bobbies: The True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival” and “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Kirby Larson