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Here follows the story of a most extraordinary year in the life of an Ojibwe family and of a girl named Omakayas, or Little Frog, who lived a year of flight and adventure, pain and joy, inWhen Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey They travel by canoe westward from the shores of Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, in search of a new home While the family has prepared well, unexpected danger, enemies, and hardships will push them 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 throughRichly imagined, full of laughter and sorrow, The Porcupine Year continues Louise Erdrich s celebrated series, which began with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist, and continued with The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Very good, though we lose a much loved character. Good book, I thought of it as a story like that of Laura Ingalls Wilder told by a Native American girl The book was well written and enjoyable I did wish that the ending didn t come quite so suddenly AND I was surprised to learn about halfway through the book that is 2 in a 3 book setbut fun to read nonetheless I d recommend it to middle schoolers. The Porcupine Year is the third book in the Birchbark House series about the protagonist, Omakayas by Louise Eldrich 12 year old Omakayas is an Ojibwe girl in 1852 America This book is a heartwarming story that chronicles the struggles of Omakayas and her family as they search for a new safe place to live after being removed from their home by the United States government The story catches you from the beginning with banter between Omakayas and her brother Pinch The banter soon turns to surv The Porcupine Year is the third book in the Birchbark House series about the protagonist, Omakayas by Louise Eldrich 12 year old Omakayas is an Ojibwe girl in 1852 America This book is a heartwarming story that chronicles the struggles of Omakayas and her family as they search for a new safe place to live after being removed from their home by the United States government The story catches you from the beginning with banter between Omakayas and her brother Pinch The banter soon turns to survival and working together when they accidentally go over a waterfall Humor replaces danger when Pinch saves a porcupine that later becomes his medicine animal and wants to live perched on his head The two are reunited with their extended family and start their long journey north to start a new life Numerous difficulties are thrown in their path as they make their way across the landscape The reader lives one year of Omakayas life and learns about the customs, relationships and spiritual beliefs of this Ojibwe Native American family The overwhelming theme of sticking together to survive continues throughout the entire book as the family encounters the cruelty of other Native Americans, starvation, abduction and death but ends with Omakayas coming of age when she receives her first moon puberty Along the way the reader gets to see how each situation, good and bad, is dealt with and thus learns a great deal about Native American culture I happen to love Native American symbolism and spiritualism and found myself really enjoying this book Eldrich does a beautiful job of describing the setting so young readers can visualize not only the landscape but the mood and thoughts of the characters with simple but moving authentic dialogue She is of Chippewa descent and clearly has an authentic perspective about the life of a Native American in this era The pencil drawings although rare, also lent themsleves to the beauty of the book I can see how this text won the ALA Notable Children s Book Award It is suggested that the age range of this text is grade 3 8 I would suggest it not be used with 3rd to 5th grade children because of some of the intense material and the amount of background knowledge needed to comprehend the text This possibly disturbing material includes a story about a person being eaten by dogs In addition, there are many aspects of the book that need scaffolding The names in the book are difficult to pronounce and I found myself confused as to which character was male or female I was fortunate to have listened to the text on a CD and received the correct pronunciation Younger students might become frustrated with the unusual names I also have a great deal of background information about Native American rituals and beliefs and found it easy to fill in any gaps Things like spirit cloth , medicine animal and first moon as well as the Native American symbolism and beliefs about nature would need to be discussed with children prior to reading Discussions about the onset of puberty also need to be considered Instructors need to make individual determinations as to the maturity of their students as well as their background knowledge This is not a stand alone text but may be offered toward the end of a unit on Native American life I did not read the other two books in the series, The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence but I look forward to doing so in the future In the year during which Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family leave their home near Lake Superior and head west, looking for a new place to settle As they make the difficult journey, Omakayas and her younger brother, Pinch, both begin to come of age, taking on new names and identities as adulthood comes ever closer The year is marked by many emotional ups and downs, including the loss of a beloved family member and the revelation that another is perhaps not what he had first seem In the year during which Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family leave their home near Lake Superior and head west, looking for a new place to settle As they make the difficult journey, Omakayas and her younger brother, Pinch, both begin to come of age, taking on new names and identities as adulthood comes ever closer The year is marked by many emotional ups and downs, including the loss of a beloved family member and the revelation that another is perhaps not what he had first seemed.I was really annoyed by the representation of Father Baraga in the second book of this series, Game of Silence, and it took me a while to want to read another book for fear there would beblatant inaccuracies requiring research and emails to Catholic Answers apologists Happily, there are no egregiously anti Catholic representations in this book, and indeed, priests, when mentioned, are shown to be helpful and merciful Without having to dissect scenes involving Catholic clergy, I was able to enjoy this novel for what it is an exciting but emotional adventure story about Ojibwe life in 1852.There is a lot of memorable description in this book, and while not all of it is pleasant to read about, it is all handled very tastefully and almost poetically Though there are some definite scary moments, and some that could even be considered gruesome, I did not find them so troubling that I lost sleep or had nightmares or anything like that Even the scenes about Omakayas beginning her moon and gaining the ability to bear children were written in a way that didn t feel embarrassing or awkward Erdrich describes this experience as such a positive and meaningful transition from girlhood to womanhood, and though it is very specific to Omakayas s culture, I think her description could be comforting to a girl from any time and place.While the plot in this book is pretty action packed, for some reason, I just didn t connect with it as strongly as with the first book of the series Still, I enjoyed the story and plan to read the next book, Chickadee, sometime this spring, at which point I ll need to get myself a copy of Makoons, the only one of the series I don t yet own, and the final book.This review also appears on my blog, Read at Home Mom I feel ashamed that I first picked up this series as an alternative to Little House on the Prairie, as it is so muchbeautiful, nuanced, and meaningful This series is so clearly full of love and connection, and again deals so wonderfully with the nature of grief and loss Incredibly excited to finish the series and buy the books from Erdrich s store. Each book in this series gets better In the Porcupine Year Omakayas leaves childhood behind in a year with her family searching for a new home, experiencing adventure, hardship, cruelty and loss She also falls in love My favorite of the books so far. Really interesting book, i think we read the first book of this series in school when i was a kid lol but i plan on rereading them for sure Enjoyed this book a lot The Porcupine Year captures the story of a young girl s day to day life with her family, her close relationship with nature and the world around her, and her thoughts and emotions about the things she encounters. AUDIOBOOK I just adore these little stories Once again I was captured by the telling of these Native people and their connection to the natural world and each other as they work to survive.