14-year-old Hanna stands out in Dakota Territory in 1880: the half-Asian, half-white girl draws stares and prejudice wherever she goes. When she and her widowed father settle in LaForge, Hanna hopes to attend school before she spends her adulthood designing dresses for him to sell in his dry goods shop. The racism and xenophobia of the town reveals itself, both subtly and overtly, but Hanna draws on memories of her half-Chinese, half-Korean mother's quiet strength as she perseveres.
Award-winning author Linda Sue Park was inspired by her love of Laura Ingalls Wilder to create this story that skillfully explores the experiences of minorities on the American frontier, while also capturing the homey details that made the Little House books so popular. Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father's shop, and making at least one friend.
"Fans of the Little House books will find many of the small satisfactions of Laura’s stories... here in abundance. Park brings new depth to these well-trodden tales, though, as she renders visible both the xenophobia of the town’s white residents, which ranges in expression from microaggressions to full-out assault, and Hanna’s fight to overcome it with empathy and dignity. Hanna’s encounters with women of the nearby Ihanktonwan community are a treat; they hint at the whole world beyond a white settler perspective, a world all children deserve to learn about." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Linda Sue Park|
|Publication Date||Mar 3, 2020|