Books by Kirby Larson

After Kirby Larson heard a snippet of a story about her great-grandmother homesteading in eastern Montana, she spent three years working on this story. The author lives in Kenmore, WA.

DUKE by Kirby Larson
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally authentic. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
With World War II raging around the globe, Americans are called upon to sacrifice everything, even when it might break their hearts. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Historical fiction with heart. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Plucky Hattie Inez Brooks, star of Hattie Big Sky (2006), returns to try to find her place in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"This auspicious relaunch of the Dear America series includes an historical note, archival images, web resources, a recipe, Roosevelt's 'day that will live in infamy' speech—and the author's name on the cover. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Piper Davis is 13 in the fall of 1941 when she begins her diary. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Major Dennis discovered Nubs, a mongrel with hacked-off ears, at a border fort in Iraq while serving there in the Marine Corps. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"If only the telling itself had a little Crescent City flair. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Larson and Nethery relate the true story of a dog and a cat, both tailless, that come to be called Bobbi and Bob Cat, respectively. Read full book review >
HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"This fine offering may well inspire readers to find out more about their own family histories. (acknowledgments, author's note, further reading) (Fiction. 12-15)"
What dreams would lead a 16-year-old to leave her safe home in Arlington, Iowa, and take a chance on a homestead claim in Montana? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Litzinger's artwork, with its pastel shades, lovely patterning, and homespun characters, is an added bonus (The Old Woman and Her Pig, 1993). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tale tells of how a crabby old woman was transformed into, if not the epitome of sweetness, at least a pleasingly tart character, while a delight in language is evident everywhere throughout the book. Read full book review >