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The Porcupine Year (Paperback)

Author:  Louise Erdrich
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0064410307
ISBN-13: 9780064410304
Sku: 214439719
Publish Date: 9/14/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  193
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl living in the mid 1800s. Omakayas and her family are now on the move as white settlers force them further into the West. Illustrations.
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Omakayas was a dreamer who did not yet know her limits.

When Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey in search of a new home. Pushed to the brink of survival, Omakayas continues to learn from the land and the spirits around her, and she discovers that no matter where she is, or how she is living, she has the one thing she needs to carry her through.

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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.

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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"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 attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0193
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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