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The Porcupine Year (Hardcover)

Author:  Louise Erdrich Illustrator:  Louise Erdrich
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060297883
ISBN-13: 9780060297886
Sku: 207646478
Publish Date: 9/1/2008
Pages:  193
Age Range:  12 to 16
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In 1852, forced by the United States government to leave their beloved Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker, fourteen-year-old Omokayas and her Ojibwe family travel in search of a new home. 25,000 first printing.
Louise Erdrich's wonderful middle grade series about Omakayas, an Ojibwe girl, continues in the third book, THE PORCUPINE YEAR. Omakayas's family takes a long, challenging journey from their little island to Minnesota, having close calls and wonderful moments along the way. Family relationships, trouble with another tribe, and the difficulty of travel create a moving, poignant tale. THE BIRCH BARK HOUSE and THE GAME OF SILENCE are the first two books in the series.
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.


"The heartwarming account of Omakayas's year of travel explores her changing family relationships and culminates in her first moon, the onset of puberty. It would be understandable if this darkest-yet entry in Erdrich's response to the Little House books were touched by bitterness, yet this gladdening story details Omakayas's coming-of-age with appealing optimism." 8/1/2008

"Erdrich's resonant descriptions of their day-to-day experiences give the narrative a graceful flow." 9/1/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0193
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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