Friday, November 8, 2013

Montana Statehood

On this day in 1889, Montana became the 41st state. To celebrate, here are some books that take place in Big Sky Country.


Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price. Three friends find a murdered body, but don't want to involve the authorities. In their corrupt town, they suspect someone in power of being guilty, but their silence makes them suspects.

As Cool As I Am by Pete Fromm. Lucy's parents married when they were teens and now her father only comes home occasionally, supposedly working as a logger far away. When Lucy's best friend and boyfriend, Kenny moves away, she worries that she's turned into her mother--waiting for visits from her man instead of a real relationship.

Flash Point by Sneed B. Collard III. Forest fires are raging around town. Many people in town blame logging policies, but Luther and his friend Alex know it's more complicated. WHen they start talking about their ideas, they're ostracized, and the fires start getting more and more suspicious.


Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann. Kendall is ready to move on after high school, but her boyfriend isn't. But when Nico disappears, and Kendall's best friend does, too, she knows what everyone's saying isn't true. But her OCD mind won't let her stop picturing the worst.

Black Helicopters by Bylthe Woodson. Valkyrie and her family live way off the grid, being taught that government's helicopters shoot citizens. They have a message to take to the rest of the world, but when her father dies, it's up to Valkyrie and her brother Bo to carry out his final mission.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams. Cody's life falls apart when an injury ends his football career and his perfect girlfriend is sent to boarding school across the country. When she goes missing, he's off to find her.


Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Lawson. When her uncle dies and leaves her his homesteading claim, Hattie leaves Iowa for Montana to prove it up. An orphan, Hattie is tired for being bounced between various relatives, but proving the claim in order to keep it is hard for anyone, let alone a teenaged girl living by herself. Follow it with Hattie Ever After.

The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price. Gabriel witnessed two murders and is being questioned by the police, but as he tells his story, he (and the reader) start to wonder what his role really was in the crime.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. When Cameron's parents are killed, she's sent to live with her grandmother and conservative aunt. There she falls in love and is eventually outed. Her grandmother sends her to a conversion camp to "cure" her.

What are your favorite books from Montana?

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