Prairie Lotus (Hardcover)

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Half-Chinese and half-white, fourteen-year-old Hanna is no stranger to racial intolerance. She and her father have spent the past three years traveling the frontier. Hanna must hide as her father feels out each town’s feelings toward Chinese people, and more often than not they have to keep moving. They settle in LaForge and Hanna starts school, determined to get her diploma and become a dressmaker. Hanna has few allies among her schoolmates, and the number of townspeople who would accept a garment sewn by her is fewer still, but she is adamant their hatefulness won’t stop her. With a realistic view of racial tensions during the 1800s, this engaging coming-of-age story is a quick but absorbing read. — From Cortney's Picks (page 2)


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. Afterword.

About the Author

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard, the best-seller A Long Walk to Water, and the highly-praised novel Prairie Lotus. She has also written several acclaimed picture books and serves on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in western New York with her family., Twitter: @LindaSuePark

Praise For…

"Captivating." — New York Times Book Review

"In this accessible exploration of a biracial teen’s prairie year, Park invites fellow Wilder fans to consider the struggle for respect and independence roiling beneath the iconic sunbonnet."  — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Narrated by a smart, clear-sighted and tremendously likable protagonist, Prairie Lotus is a richly layered work of historical fiction set in a landscape that will be familiar to Little House on the Prairie readers….As one can expect from Park,?Prairie Lotus's gorgeous, fluid storytelling carries the reader along swiftly to a satisfying conclusion.” — Shelf Awareness

Product Details
ISBN: 9781328781505
ISBN-10: 132878150X
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 272
Language: English