Prairie Lotus Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered audiobook 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. Told from the viewpoint of Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with listeners.
"Fans of the Little House books will find many of the small satisfactions of Laura's stories...here in abundance. Park brings new depth to these well-trodden tales, though, as she renders visible both the xenophobia of the town's white residents, which ranges in expression from microaggressions to full-out assault, and Hanna's fight to overcome it with empathy and dignity.... Remarkable." (Kirkus, starred review)
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 18 minutes|
|Author||Linda Sue Park|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 23, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #74,454 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#17 in Asian American Stories for Children
#96 in Teen & Young Adult 19th Century United States Historical Fiction
#285 in Historical Fiction for Children
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2020
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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.