Montana


Fiction:

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Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (2008)

Hattie Brooks leaves Iowa in 1918 and travels to a Montana homestead inherited from her uncle.


Betrayed by Patricia Rushford (1996)

Jenny McGrady mystery set in Montana


Eye of the Great Bear by Bill Wallace (1999)

Set in 1898, about a family that moves to Montana.


Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs and illustrated by Paul Zelinsky (2010)

Swamp Angel grows too big for Tennessee, so she moves to the wide open spaces of Montana. A humorous tall tale.


Nonfiction:


Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog (True Story) by Sneed B. Collard III and illustrated by Joanna Yardley (2011)

Based on a poignant true story, people began to notice that Shep the dog showed up whenever a train came into the town of Fort Benton, Montana. No one knew why he did this or where he came from. Slowly, however, the mystery was unraveled. Shep had belonged to a sheepherder who had passed away. The man’s body had been put on the train to be shipped for for a funeral in another place. Shep evidently met the incoming trains in the hope that his master/owner/human would return. He would continue to do so for more than five years!

Shep’s story has touched a lot of people, both in the 1930s when it occurred and today. The town of Fort Benton has even erected a statue in his honor.







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Roberta Gibson 2015