Prairie Lotus


Author: Linda Sue Park

After the death of her mother, Hanna moves with her father to a new town in the Dakota Territory. The prairie is a difficult place to live in the 1880s, especially for a half-Chinese girl like Hanna. No one else there looks like her. However, that doesn’t stop her from dreaming of getting an education and becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop. But her neighbors’ prejudices mean that even a simple life will be hard to come by. Can Hanna’s fiery spirit and steely determination help her overcome other’s prejudices? Your young readers will be moved by Hanna’s story, even as they see the world through the eyes of a young person battling racism in this fish-out-of-water story. Ages 8-12. 272pp.