Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first
step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. It is 1850, and
the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their
birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to
harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of
LaPointe before the first snows.
The satisfying routines of Omakayas's
days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and
mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may
drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and
her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west.
Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never
knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.
In this captivating sequel to National Book Award nominee The
Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas and her
This is a wonderful book that our whole family enjoyed when we read it aloud together. Erdrich writes from the heart about the life of her 19th century Ojibwa ancestors. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
School Library Journal - Kimberly Monaghan
The action is somewhat slow, but Erdrich's captivating tale of four seasons portrays a deep appreciation of our environment, our history, and our Native American sisters and brothers.
Booklist - Hazel Rochman
Starred Review. Grades 5-8. As Erdrich said about The Birchbark House, her research into her ancestors revealed the horrifying history and also a culture rich, funny, and warm. In this heartrending novel the sense of what was lost is overwhelming.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Lizbeth My Review I really liked this book.I thas many facts about native americans and how they lived
what inspired her to write these
books, Erdrich says, "My mother
and sister did research that led
our family back to Madeline
Island. Standing on the shores
of Lake Superior, I have
wondered whether my ancestors
stood in the same place, saw the
same scene, heard the same
sounds --- the high-pitched cry
of the flicker or the white
throated sparrow's song. It was
natural to want to write about
the past, for me, and it came
from the heart."
She lives in Minnesota with her
children, who help her run a
small independent bookstore
called The Birchbark.
Sparkling with humor, poignancy and adventure, this story was inspired by a real boy who stowed away aboard Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour on its 1768 voyage..... Hesse's impeccable research buttresses the narrative with a wealth of detail. Age 11+
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, based on the author's own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
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