The Porcupine Year

The Porcupine Year

Book - 2008/09/01
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In 1852, forced by the United States government to leave their beloved Island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker, fourteen-year-old Omokayas and her Ojibwe family travel in search of a new home.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008/09/01
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060297879
Branch Call Number: J FICTION ERDRICH
Characteristics: xi, 193 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This historical novel is told from the point of view of Omakayas, a young Ojibwe girl in the 1800s. The Ojibwe were being driven out of their native lands by white settlement and relocating into areas already occupied by other tribes. As Omakayas and her family move north and west, they encounter difficult situations and a fight for survival.
This is a story of native history, of coming of age, and of family. The reader will learn some Ojibwe words along the way, with a glossary provided.
I've had a special affinity for porcupines since I was a young child, and I really liked the relationship with the porcupine here. This is a one of the books that both entertains and educates at the same time.

Aug 02, 2011

Absolutely loved this book. Incredible story of community, sacrifice and familial love. Outstanding female protagonist. A book that will appeal to both boys and girls.


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