The Porcupine Year

The Porcupine Year

eBook - 2009
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Here follows the story of a most extraordinary year in the life of an Ojibwe family and of a girl named "Omakayas," or Little Frog, who lived a year of flight and adventure, pain and joy, in 1852.When Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey. They travel by canoe westward from the shores of Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, in search of a new home. While the family has prepared well, unexpected danger, enemies, and hardships will push them 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.Richly imagined, full of laughter and sorrow, The Porcupine Year continues Louise Erdrich's celebrated series, which began with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist, and continued with The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
Publisher: [United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
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ISBN: 9780061972591
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Erdrich, Louise
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Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This historical novel is told from the point of view of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl in the 1800s. The Ojibwe were being driven out of their native lands by white settlement and relocating into areas already occupied by other tribes. As Omakayas and her family move north and west, they encounter difficult situations and a fight for survival.
This is a story of native history, of coming of age, and of family. The reader will learn some Ojibwe words along the way, with a glossary provided.
I've had a special affinity for porcupines since I was a young child, and I really liked the relationship with the porcupine here. This is a one of the books that both entertains and educates at the same time.

Aug 02, 2011

Absolutely loved this book. Incredible story of community, sacrifice and familial love. Outstanding female protagonist. A book that will appeal to both boys and girls.


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