by Linda Sue Park
This wonderful historical novel is set in 1880 Dakota Territory. Hanna and her father arrive in the town of LaForge to begin a new life. Not only do they face the usual issues of life in a newly established town, far from bigger cities, but they will face racism as well. Hanna is half-Chinese, the only Asian person most people in LaForge have ever met. Will this friendly, smart and talented girl get the chance to graduate? Will Hanna and her father be accepted in this town and be able to open their shop? The author brings a fresh, enlightened voice to a well-known setting.