The North Shore Library and Boswell Book Company are thrilled to welcome acclaimed children's book writer Linda Sue Park, winner of the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, to Milwaukee. She'll be discussing her latest novel, Prairie Lotus, set in the Dakota Territory during the 1880s. Publishers Weekly called the story "an absorbing, accessible introduction to a troubled chapter of American history."
Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multi-layered book 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. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.
Admission is free for this event, but due to limited capacity, we are asking you to reserve your seat at the North Shore Library registration page. Boswell Books will be there selling Linda Sue Park's books. A signing will follow the talk.