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Prairie Lotus

Park, Linda Sue. Book - 2020 Kids Book / Fiction / Historical / Park, Linda Sue, Y Fiction / Park, Linda None on shelf 9 requests on 5 copies Community Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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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. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America's heartland, in 1880. Hanna's adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople's almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers. In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves. Includes author's note.


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Great for Little House fans of any age submitted by samanthar on August 11, 2020, 1:16pm Linda Sue Park loved the Little House on the Prairie series growing up. But being Korean, she never read about people she identified with in the Little House world. So she wrote Prairie Lotus, an attempt to reconcile the absence of Korean and Chinese immigrants in stories from this period of history. The main character, Hanna, is 14 years old and lives with her father in the frontier town of LaForge. She wants to attend school, but is faced with racism and prejudice from the townspeople. She tackles the injustices head on, determined to dismantle stereotypes. Though it was written for a middle school audience, I recommend this book to any Little House fan. Hanna is a wonderful character, and the representation this book offers is so important for our reimaginings of the pioneer world.

Heartbreaking, but good story. submitted by jgetty on March 17, 2021, 5:15pm The cruelness of people towards the main character Hanna was heartbreaking. It was hard to read these parts, so very sad. Hanna had incredible stamina, optimism, self-preservation, and determination, and was able to handle somehow, the awful prejudices and cruelness from people, and live her life. I loved the parts about sewing. A wonderful book.

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New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2020]
Year Published: 2020
Description: 261 pages ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Dakota Territory -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Dressmaking -- Fiction.
Dakota Territory -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.