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The Game of Silence (Hardcover)

Author:  Louise Erdrich
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060297891
ISBN-13: 9780060297893
Sku: 30907963
Publish Date: 5/1/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.54H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  272
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
In the captivating sequel to her National Book Award finalist "The Birchbark House," Erdich continues the story of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl who lives with her family on an island in Lake Superior in 1850. As white men move closer to the island, Omakayas learns that all their lives may drastically change.
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Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior.It is 1850, and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows.

The satisfying routines of Omakayas's days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west. Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.

In this captivating sequel to National Book Award nominee The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas and her family.

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Deeply attached to her island home, nine-year-old Omakayas spends her days helping her mother and grandmother care for the family, playing with cousins, and evading her annoying little brother, Pinch. The year is 1850, and change comes in two forms: the arrival of destitute relatives and disturbing news that the white men may force the Ojibwe from their land. Surrounded by everyone she loves, Omakayas can't imagine her life differently and begins to understand how precious her people and home are. This sequel to THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE comes with a glossary of Ojibwe words. Louise Erdrich, the author, is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa, and this story is partially based on her own family history.
Author Bio
Louise Erdrich
Erdrich's mother was Chippewa, her father German, and she was raised in North Dakota near the Chippewa reservation where her grandparents lived--a setting for much of her work. She attended Dartmouth, where she met the writer Michael Dorris, whom she married in 1981, and from whom she separated shortly before his suicide in 1997. Erdrich and Dorris collaborated on several of their fiction works. In her novels and short stories, Erdrich writes about her Native-American heritage, often transplanting characters from one book to another. Her dominant theme is the struggle to retain traditional Native-American values in the face of poverty, racism, and the pervasiveness of white culture.

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Kirkus Reviews
"[A] beautifully constructed sequel." 05/01/2005

New York Times Book Review
"In these first books, has Louise Erdrich matched Laura Ingalls Wilder's achievement ? I think so. She has created a world, fictional but real: absorbing, funny, serious and convincingly human." 06/19/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Like its prequel, this meticulously researched novel offers an even balance of joyful and sorrowful moments while conveying a perspective of America's past that is rarely found in history books." 05/16/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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