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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park

Next up in our Mock Newbery discussion: PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Courtney Hague finds this historical novel “distinguished in many ways…from the development of the plot and delineation of the characters to appropriateness of the style.”

A Different Kind of Pioneer Story: Racism and Empathy in PRAIRIE LOTUS

In Linda Sue Park’s latest novel, set in the 1880s Dakota Territory, “characters exhibit empathy instead of contempt for the American Indians who were the original pioneers.” Guest Blogger Michelle introduces the Newbery-worthy merits of PRAIRIE LOTUS, an “excellently crafted” children’s book.