1. Where does Hattie go to live at age 13, and what is Ivy's reaction to Hattie?
At the age of thirteen, Hattie is taken in by her Uncle Holt, who is really a distant cousin, and his wife Ivy. From Aunt Ivy's perspective, Hattie is inconvenient and should be placed somewhere useful as soon as possible.
2. What happens when Hattie is sixteen that jeopardizes her finishing school?
Ivy finds a local boarding house that needs help, and though Hattie is sixteen and only months from finishing school, Ivy doesn't care and wants her to take the position.
3. Who has been Hattie's main supporters when she comes to live with Uncle Holt and Aunt Ivy?
Uncle Holt is one of Mattie's few supporters. The other is Charlie Hawley, who became her friend at thirteen and remained so, even giving her the old tomcat she calls Mr. Whiskers.
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