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I already featured this OUTSTANDING book in our Summer Reading List, however, I decided it deserved a post of its own. Have I mentioned that it is outstanding? It is one of the emotional, well-rounded books I have read in a while!
It tells the story of Hannah, a 14-year-old sweet and shy girl who is Chinese-American. She lives in a small prairie town just after the Civil War, and is often discriminated against because of her Chinese heritage. Townspeople avoid her at all costs, even pulling their children out of school so that they don’t associate with her. Because of this, Hannah’s confidence suffers, and she has to chose to stand up for her rights and for herself. More importantly, she must continue to aim high if she wants to reach her goal of becoming a dressmaker. Will this beautiful flower learn to bloom, even in a prairie town where she’s not wanted?
Gripping + Dramatic + Sweet = perfect historical fiction book. I would highly recommend it for fans of Little House on the Prairie, AVI, and, and Dear America. The characters are wonderful, the descriptions of the dress shop are sumptuous, and the storyline is fantastic. Pick up a copy!
PS: I also love many of this author’s other books (A Single Shard, A Long Walk to Water, Project Mulberry). Make sure to look up Linda Sue Park’s other titles.