The Porcupine Year

by Louise Erdrich, Louise Erdrich

On Sale: 09/02/2008

The Porcupine Year

by Louise Erdrich

illustrated by Louise Erdrich

On Sale: 09/02/2008

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Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

ALA Notable Children’s Book

About the Book

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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Critical Praise

“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

“Readers who loved Omakayas and her family in The Birchbark House have ample reason to rejoice in this beautifully constructed sequel.” - Kirkus (starred review) on The Game of Silence

“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 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)

“The novel reinforces the strength and importance of family.” - KLIATT (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)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060297879
  • ISBN 10: 0060297875
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 09/02/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century

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