Prairie Lotus

By: Linda Sue Park

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multi-layered 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.

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781328781505

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
Topics: Racially mixed people , Frontier and pioneer life , Fathers and daughters , Racism , Dressmaking , Dakota Territory , US history, 1861–1889 , Nineteenth-century US history , Friendship , Coming of age , Asian Americans

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Fourteen-year-old Hanna and her father move to the frontier town of LaForge, where Hanna hopes they can finally put down permanent roots. Since her mother’s death three years earlier, Hanna and her father have traveled from town to town, trying to find a place they will be accepted. Will LaForge be the place where Hanna can finally go to school a Fourteen-year-old Hanna and her father move to the frontier town of LaForge, where Hanna hopes they can finally put down permanent roots. Since her mother’s death three years earlier, Hanna and her father have traveled from town to town, trying to find a place they will be accepted. Will LaForge be the place where Hanna can finally go to school and make friends? Or will they have to leave just like every other place because the townspeople are afraid of a girl who is half Chinese? At moments stingingly painful and ultimately triumphant, this story will cause readers to look at frontier life with a new set of eyes. Racism, immigration, Native American reservations, invisible histories, and parental loss are just a few of the heavy topics Park plumbs with grace while making them accessible for young readers. Hanna is a relatable heroine struggling to overcome ignorance and racism both firmly and kindly, all while seeking what she most desperately wants—acceptance for who she is. A sometimes uncomfortable yet triumphant story from the world of “Little House on the Prairie” told through a marginalized perspective; this is a must-read for middle grades and beyond.

Book Details

ISBN

9781328781505

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment

Topics

Racially mixed people, Frontier and pioneer life, Fathers and daughters, Racism, Dressmaking, Dakota Territory, US history, 1861–1889, Nineteenth-century US history, Friendship, Coming of age, Asian Americans,

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