The Twelve Tribes of Hattie Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a wonderful book filled with fascinating characters that were funny, depressing, and full of life. The book is a composite of several characters stories, Hattie's children. They are all interwoven and circle around the main character, Hattie. The book begins in Philadelphia where Hattie has just moved with her husband August. Her two babies, Jubilee and Philadelphia are battling a sickness and they soon pass away. After this opening chapter something inside of Hattie changes. Her ten children that follow each have very unique stories, each sharing qualities of their mother. There are several lessons outlined in this book, and I think each character learns something about themselves in each chapter. It is a beautiful story of family and life lessons learned.
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Best part of story, including ending: I loved this story because it was an easy read. I found myself turning through each page with great speed because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters stories are so rich and full of life. The author does a great job of fleshing out each character.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is in the first chapter, when Hattie is holding her two babies in her arms. The author is so descriptive and her language paints a beautiful picture of Hattie caring for them and trying to nurse them back to health. It really shows how brave and independent she is as a mother and wife.

The review of this Book prepared by Adelyn Tomlinson a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Struggle over    -   learning to be more sensitive Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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