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The Porcupine Year

By Louise Erdrich

The Porcupine Year
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008,
    208 pages.
    Age range: Children


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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.

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"This story is interesting reading and provides a realistic look at the lives of the Ojibwe." - Children's Literature.

"Starred Review. The journey is even gently funny-Omakayas's brother spends much of the year with a porcupine on his head. Charming and enlightening." - Kirkus Review.

"Starred Review. The struggle to survive provides the exciting action in this sequel to The Birchbark House (1999) and The Game of Silence (2005), which takes place in 1852." - Booklist.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by kera
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Louise Erdrich Author Biography

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists. Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar  beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer. She attended the Johns Hopkins creative writing program and received fellowships at the McDowell Colony and the Yaddo Colony. After she was named writer-in-residence at Dartmouth, she married professor Michael Dorris and raised several ...

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Louise Erdrich: er-drik (means rich earth)

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