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The Porcupine Year

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The third novel in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich.

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.

The Birchbark House Series is the story of one Ojibwe family's journey through one hundred years in America. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews wrote that The Porcupine Year is "charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 193 pages
  • 147 x 210 x 20mm | 327g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060297875
  • 9780060297879
  • 862,803

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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.
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Review quote

"Erdrich is a talented storyteller. She has created a world, fictional but real: absorbing, funny, serious, and convincingly human."--New York Times Book Review on The Game of Silence
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754 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 36% (273)
4 42% (319)
3 18% (135)
2 2% (15)
1 2% (12)
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