Clark, Clara Gillow Hill Hawk Hattie

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Hill Hawk Hattie

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A fascinating historical novel rides the rapids of a tumultuous father-daughter relationship as the spirited young Hattie, disguised as a boy, joins her widowed pa and his rafting crew on a perilous logging voyage.


Pa used to call Ma and me his girls. Now, he just says "girl," orders me around with curse words like I’m nothing. I’m not nothing, though, ’cause I feel too mean inside to be that.

The year is 1883, Hattie’s ma has died, and it seems that she took with her the sugar that kept Hattie and Pa sweet. Just when Hattie thinks things can’t get any worse, Pa stops calling her "girl" altogether and wants her to dress as a boy and help him on his next river-rafting trip. Soon eleven-year-old Hattie finds herself alongside Pa and two other Hill Hawks - loners who live life on their own terms up in the hills - shipping logs down the dangerous Delaware. On the angry river, Hattie’s pluck is sorely tested as she fields Pa’s criticism, plunges over waterfalls, and tries to keep the rowdy river men from discovering her secret.

Gritty and full of heart, Clara Gillow Clark’s historical novel will leave readers breathless as it surges along the complex, emotional journey of a father and daughter. It’s a powerful story of how death can undo a family - and how, against all likelihood, it can bind them together.

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Clara Gillow Clark says of HILL HAWK HATTIE, "This book takes place in the country of my heart, the Upper Delaware, where for many years I gathered materials to write a book about the old-time rafting era. Serendipitously, mysteriously, the story came flooding together one day when I was out walking on the dirt roads that border my property, and Hattie’s voice rushed like a torrent into my head. I raced home and began to write her story, the story of the brave and feisty Hattie Belle Basket." Clara Gillow Clark lives not far from the Delaware River. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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When I reached Pa, he looked serious but not mad. "Get on up here next to me," he growled.

Guess I was going to get chewed on for something. I bit down on my lip. My legs got wobbly; my stomach churned like white-water waves were crashing in it. "What you want?" I asked.

"Thought maybe you’d like to try steering for a spell." His voice was gentler now.

I nodded and got up next to him, stood with my hand on the oar. Pa stayed right behind me, covering his hand over mine. We rode like that for a ways. Didn’t think I’d ever been that close to Pa since Ma died, except when he had a mind to cuff me. That was strange. "You got the feel of it?" he asked.

"Ayah," I said. " ’Bout like steering a sled that’s flying downhill over the snow."

"Yup, that’s it," Pa said. He chuckled like he’d been tickled good. Then Pa took his hands away, stepped back, and I was steersman. It was glorious. Better than a birthday, better than winning a spelling bee. I knew it was an easy stretch, the way we glided along as slick as anything, but I still felt the power of the river coming up through that oar, the danger and the thrill. Pa took the other rear oar, and Rastus walked up to the front with Jasper.

"Pull Pennsylvania," I hollered, and they did. Could be that I was the only girl steering a raft on this whole mighty river. That was really something. "Holt t’other way," I yelled, and they did that too.

Soon enough, Pa came back over. "You got the gift," he whispered.
HILL HAWK HATTIE by Clara Gillow Clark. Copyright (c) 2003 by Clara Gillow Clark. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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