Sunday, September 30, 2007


by Louise Erdrich (4th+)

Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Every summer they build a new birchbark house; every fall they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snows arrive, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. While all of this is going on, Omakaya fights with he little brother Pinch, takes care of and adores her baby brother Neewo, and looks up to her older sister Angeline. Everything is changed when a visitor comes into their camp one night. This visitor leaves behind invisible death. Overcome with hurt and grief, Omakayas must survive and listen to her surroundings to finally understand her true calling.

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