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Kirby Larson


Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY, a young adult historical novel she wrote inspired by her great-grandmother, Hattie Inez Brooks Wright, who homesteaded by herself in eastern Montana as a young woman. Just released --- due to popular demand by her readers --- is HATTIE EVER AFTER, the final installment in Hattie’s adventures. Her passion for historical fiction is evident in THE FENCES BETWEEN US and THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as her fall 2013 title, DUKE. In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend, Mary Nethery, which has resulted in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL (illustrated by JeanCassels) and NUBS: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. A frequent speaker, Kirby enjoys sharing her passion for research, reading and writing. She has presented at more than 200 schools, workshops and seminars in nearly 20 states and as far away as Qatar and Lebanon. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband.

Kirby Larson

Books by Kirby Larson

by Kirby Larson - Animals , Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship, Historical Fiction
Billie's big brother, Leo, is about to leave for the warfront. She's surprised when Leo brings home a fellow Marine from boot camp, Denny. Denny comes with something special: a gorgeous, but injured, stray dog. As Billie cares for the dog, whom they name Bear, she and Bear grow deeply attached to each other. Soon enough, it's time for Leo and Denny to ship out. Can Bear help Billie --- and Denny --- find what's most important?
by Kirby Larson - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Audacity Jones and her best friend, Bimmy, are setting off from Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls on an extraordinary adventure! In the glittering city of New York, the girls meet Harry Houdini, the world's most famous magician, as he prepares a new spectacle: Houdini plans to make an elephant disappear from a crowded theater. But Audacity and Bimmy discover a nefarious plot that puts Houdini's illusion in jeopardy. Who could be trying to sabotage the master magician? Audie will need all her smarts, the help of friends new and old, and even her best juggling skills to solve this mystery. 
by Kirby Larson - Animals , Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, History

Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.

by Kirby Larson - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Mystery
Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.
So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie --- plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot.
by Kirby Larson - Fiction, Historical Fiction


Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

by Kirby Larson - Historical Fiction

With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, 11-year-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. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again?

by Kirby Larson - Fiction, Historical Fiction

After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream. She wants to be a reporter. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. But, Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Hattie holds her own in the big city, but can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love?

by Kirby Larson - Family Life

Miss Kanagawa is a doll. In 1927, her and her doll-sisters are sent from Japan to America as Ambassadors of Friendship. Here, you will find the many tales of their adventures.

by Kirby Larson - Historical Fiction

One fateful day in December 1941, Piper Davis awaits the news of her brother, a soldier on the battleship Arizona stationed in Pearl Harbor. She wonders about the fate of her brother while rationing and blackouts take hold in Seattle. Soon, Piper faces the incarceration of her Japanese neighbors. As she learns about the heartbreaking realities of war, Piper begins to understand that she has the power to make a difference.

by Kirby Larson - Historical Fiction

Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.
For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. Her backbreaking quest for a home is lightened by her neighbors, the Muellers. But she feels threatened by pressure to be a "Loyal" American, forbidding friendships with folks of German descent. Despite everything, Hattie's determined to stay until a tragedy causes her to discover the true meaning of home.