Oh my gosh. Linda Sue Park has written the version of Little House on the Prairie for everyone else, the ones who aren't white, and cute, and fit into what most people think of living on the prairie in the late 1800s. Park even says that was her intent.
Well researched, well written book about a girl who is half-Chinese who travels with her widowed father to an area very much like De Smit of the Laura Ingles Wilder fame. There she encounters all the prejudice that is all too prevalent at that time.
Read this in one day, I could not put it down. Through it all Hanna keeps her composure, remembers what her mother always taught her, and moves on.
Highly, highly recommend this book.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 18 minutes|
|Author||Linda Sue Park|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 23, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#32,603 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Asian American Stories for Children
#140 in Historical Fiction for Children
#144 in Children's 1800s American Historical Fiction
4.7 out of 5
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Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020
20 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
Poignant story of a half Asian girl who experiences prejudice in a small town in 1880 US. The author clearly shows all the nasty ways that people show bigotry and hatred, from pulling their children out of the school the girl attends to outright physical abuse. The girl wants to be a dressmaker in her father’s shop, so there is a lot of description of fabric and sewing techniques, which I’m not sure boys will appreciate.
6 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
This is one of the finest books I have ever read. I am so eager to share it with my grandchildren and so grateful to the author for this treasure. Here’s hoping there are more sensitive books like this one to share with our young ones.
4 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
I read this with my 10 year old girl. We LOVE historical fiction. We enjoy how these types of stories help us step back into time and better understand the lives of those who have gone before us. Linda Sue Park is a new author for us, but we will definitely be looking into her other works. This particular story captivates readers with the life of Hanna, a young teen, who relocates to a newly settled town in the heartland of America with her father. This is not another Laura Ingalls Wilder story though; Hanna faces many trials just because she doesn't look like everyone else. You'll fall in love with this girl and her journey. You'll laugh with her. Cry with her. Hope with her. I could't recommend this book more or love the sentiment behind it more. I think everyone can learn something from Hanna and her story.
One person found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
Loved this book! Another “gap-filler” of American history that not only gives readers a wonderfully strong female role model, but also further understanding of our country’s history. Insightful, engaging, and an opportunity to hear another voice from the prairie.
2 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
I loved this book and I appreciated it even more after reading the author’s personal notes at the end. I have already gifted a copy of this book to a young reader who I know will enjoy it. Now I am starting my list of others (of all ages) with whom I wish to share this literary treasure.
One person found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
Great historical fiction novel appropriate for young readers who are simultaneously learning about the 1800s. A lovely story about race, discrimination, history, father daughter relationships, death/loss, and friendship, all at a kid level. I read this as a potential read aloud for my 4th grade class amd ended up recommending it to my school district as a core lit novel of study.
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So good!Reviewed in Canada on September 1, 2020
I really enjoyed this book! I love the new eyes to see prairie life through and the chance to think about what living in that time was like for people who were not of European descent. So glad I came across it