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.
JLG Release: May 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Asian/Pacific American Award Children's Literature Honor Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.2; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 12;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment
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,