It’s 1880, and 14-year-old Hanna is beginning a new life with her father in the small town of LaForge, in the Dakota Territory. But the townspeople are not happy with their arrival. Hanna is half Asian, and the locals reject her because of her race. In Prairie Lotus, a work of historical fiction, Hanna must persevere in order to achieve her goals. She wants to go to school, work in her father’s shop as a dressmaker, and find a friend.
Newbery Medal–winning author Linda Sue Park says Prairie Lotus was inspired by the Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. “I wanted to preserve what I love about those books,” Park told TFK. “But I wanted to tell that story through a different lens.”