The Porcupine Year
The third novel in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
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."--KLIATT (starred review)
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About the Author
Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
"Readers will want to follow this family for many seasons to come."--Publishers Weekly on The Birchbark House
"Charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life."--Kirkus Reviews on The Birchbark House
"The novel reinforces the strength and importance of family."--KLIATT (starred review)
"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
"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. What is left unspoken is as powerful as the story told."--Booklist (starred review)
"Charming and enlightening."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The events in this installment will both delight and appall readers."--School Library Journal (starred review)