Erdrich, Louise. The porcupine year.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Brief article - Children's review - Book review

ERDRICH, Louise. The porcupine year. Harper Collins. 208p. c2008. 978-0-0602-9787-9. $15.99. (Library bdg: 978-0-0602-9788-6. $16.99.) J*

Readers of Louise Erdrich's books The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence will be thrilled to once again spend time with the Ojibway tribe in northern Minnesota. Forced from their home by the westward movement of European settlers, Omayaka's family is hoping to meet up with relatives, gathering what they will need to survive the coming winter, and avoiding warring tribes. Along the way, her brother makes friends with a porcupine--a porcupine that in fact saves the lives of the two young people. The porcupine curls up on her brother's head and becomes both a cap and a calendar for the family as they struggle to prepare for the winter after being horribly betrayed by a trapper they trusted. They do the best they...

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