Morning Girl Lib/E

Michael Dorris (Author) Eliza Duggan (Read by)
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Product Details

Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
April 30, 2010
6.72 X 6.46 X 1.01 inches | 0.0 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

Michael Anthony Dorris (1945-1997) was an American author and winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir, The Broken Cord. He and his wife, author Louise Erdrich, frequently collaborated in their writing. Michael also helped found the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth.


Youthful brother and sister narrators are a great choice to interpret Dorris' novel...Eliza and Riley achieve a commendably comfortable level with the text, something that is sure to appeal to many young listeners. Riley's boyish, high-pitched voice and sometimes excitable tone is perfect for the classic 'rambunctious little brother' role. In a brief epilogue (narrated by Terry Bregy), Dorris signals the arrival/encroachment of European explorers. The way this text and recording bring alive a lesser-known side of a well-studied bit of world history may well spark discussion in classrooms and family kitchens.

-- "Publishers Weekly audio review"

Michael Dorris won numerous awards for this unusual and enchanting book. It's 1492, and Morning Girl and her younger brother, Star Boy, live in the Bahamas when Christopher Columbus discovers the New World. Chapters alternate between the children and are ably read by Eliza and Riley Duggan. Listeners learn how different-and the same-children are then and now. Star Boy disappears when he fears that he ruined the family's canoe; Morning Girl wonders what she looks like until her father shows her that she can see her reflection by looking into the 'mirrors' of his eyes. The entire family mourns the sister who was never born. Both the Duggans are exceptional narrators, distinguishing adult from children's voices while conveying the many emotions in such a unique tale. All ages will enjoy and learn from this interesting period in history.

-- "AudioFile"

A story of a Taino girl and her brother, set in 1492 in the Bahamas. Sibling rivalry, jealously, and love-all are related with elegance and warmth, reflecting a simplicity of lifestyle and universality of experiences.

-- "School Library Journal"

With spare, lovely words [Dorris'] first children's book tells a surprising story about people who love and hurt.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

A peaceful, tropical world is the setting for Morning Girl, a simple yet rich glimpse into the lives of a young sister and brother. Morning Girl and Star Boy grapple with timeless, universal issues such as experiencing simultaneous anger and love toward family members and the quest to discover the true self...Not until the epilogue do readers discover that the story takes place in 1492. Suddenly we realize that the strange-looking visitors Morning Girl welcomes to shore are not as harmless as they may appear. The excerpt from Christopher Columbus' journal provides an ominous footnote: these gentle people, who seem so very much like us, will not be permitted their idyllic existence much longer.

-- ", editorial review"

[A]soulful, affecting portrait.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)"

Graceful and engaging...a warm story full of real characters and situations, told in marvelous language.

-- "New York Times Book Review"