The Porcupine Year (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Omakayas and her family are now on the move as white settlers force them west. The final book in the trilogy about the young Ojibwe girl.

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Overview

Omakayas and her family are now on the move as white settlers force them west. The final book in the trilogy about the young Ojibwe girl.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606149822
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 193
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich
Though her books are fictional, Louise Erdrich is contributing an evocation of Native American history that has been all too absent from our literature. Rambling across centuries and populating her books with quirky, intense characters, Erdrich creates bittersweet family sagas.

Biography

Award-winning novelist Louise Erdrich grew up in North Dakota, the oldest of seven children born to a Chippewa mother and a father of German-American descent. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 and Johns Hopkins University in 1979, supporting herself with a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, waitress, teacher, and construction flag signaler. She began her literary career as a poet and short story writer and won awards in both fields.

In the late 1970s, Erdrich began a unique collaboration with Michael Dorris, a Native American writer and teacher she met at Dartmouth and married in 1981. In a creative partnership that endured throughout most of their 14-year marriage, each writer exerted a profound influence on the other's work. Although their names appear in tandem on the cover of only two books, Route Two (1990) and The Crown of Columbus (1991), literally everything either one produced during this time was a collaborative effort. In 1995, after a series of tragic setbacks, the couple separated; two years later, Dorris committed suicide.

From the beginning, Erdrich has translated her mixed blood ancestry into chronicles of astonishing power and range. Her bestselling debut novel, the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award winner Love Medicine, is a series of interrelated stories about several generations of Chippewas living on or near a North Dakota reservation. Spanning most of the 20th century, the book dispenses with any sort of chronological time line and borrows narrative conventions from Native American oral tradition. Several subsequent novels pick up characters, incidents, and narrative threads from Love Medicine to form an interconnected story cycle.

In her novels, Erdrich explores complex issues of family, personal identity, and cultural survival among full- and mixed-blood Native Americans, delving into mythology and tradition to extract what is both specific and universal. She has been known to rework material, incorporating short stories into long fiction, rewriting, and revising constantly. She continues to write poetry and is the author of several children's books, as well as a memoir of early motherhood and a travel book. She is also a founder of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis, where she now lives.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Louise Karen Erdrich (full name; pronounced "air-drik")
    2. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 7, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Little Falls, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Dartmouth College, 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1979

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Enjoyed. Recommend.

    Eventually I realized that this book was for children or young adults. But I was enjoying it so much and I learned a lot. Great story. The storyline recognizes suffering and peoples weakness but celebrates nobility.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

    Omakayas, or Little Frog, is now twelve winters old. Her family, members of the Ojibwe tribe, have been forced from their homes on the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker, and are now making the long journey to Lac Du Bois, where members of her extended family are living. <BR/><BR/>Omakayas and her family face many hardships throughout their journey. Omakayas and her brother, Quill, are almost killed in the rushing waters of a swollen river; their provisions for winter are stolen by an evil French trapper; and Old Tallow, Omakayas' elder, dies in a battle with a bear. Omakayas also becomes a woman during the hard winter they endure in the forest. <BR/><BR/>Through all of this, Omakayas discovers first love, the great power of storytelling, and her own inner strength. <BR/><BR/>THE PORCUPINE YEAR is the third installment in Erdrich's series of Omakayas and her family. Those who have read the first two novels will be happily reunited with the main character and follow her on new adventures. The chapters are short and flow well together. The illustrations also add to the humor and drama of the story. <BR/><BR/>Erdrich states in her author's note that Omakayas' story will continue into a fourth novel set in the 1860's. I am sure fans of the series will be excited to see what becomes of Omakayas as she continues her journey into adulthood.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Fireblaze

    My leader sent me to help earthclan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    A starclan cat named articblaze

    "One of your cats came to the clan i used to belong to and said you were beinh attacked. Whats with this was there a battle?"-starclan cat articblaze

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Beautipaw

    WHAT WHAT SOME CAT SAID THIS CLAN NEEDED HELP. I am from dawn clan. Some one said they needed our help. But i was here and fast. If you need something i will be in my room at crystal moon first result.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Summerstar

    Leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    To kit

    Go to kit result one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    May i join?

    I am a gray she cat with golden eyes ~mystic

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Warriors

    Lakeshine, Clawface wants to talk to u at New Moon result 1

    ~Snowviper

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Bluewillo

    She takes cover

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Sorrelbird

    She yelped as wolfpaw hit her. Hey! She snarled. Look out where you're going! ~Sorrelbird~

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Smoothpebble

    I was grounded sorry!)) He ran up to her and licked her

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Fang

    Dunno.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Sharpkit

    "Yes! We should!" He starts walking back

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    ... .......

    .......check the 11 result.... deerpaw is hurt from the battle....

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Micakit

    The GOA's coming, if they haven't already!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Emeraldkit

    Everyone ok?Deerpaw isnt.Im sure of that.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Graykit to blackpaw and anyone

    Hey want to play mossball

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Roqanfire

    May i be co deputy.rowanfire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Move to earth star 1977

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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