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Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the “chimookoman,” white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: 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 they celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her annoying little brother, Pinch; plays with the adorable baby, Neewo; and tries to be grown-up like her big sister, Angeline. But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge on winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever—but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Erdrich’s occasional small, detailed portraits (many resemble her) are drawn from photographs; they express the warm dailiness of Omakayas’ world…Little House readers will discover a new world, a different version of a story they thought they knew.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Seven-year-old Omakayas is the heart of the story. Brave, spirited and generally kind, she offers her version of the events—from the mundane to the devastating—on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island. As white people intrude upon Ojibwa territory, disease and death also enter Omakayas’s world and change it forever…young listeners will find it inviting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Omakayas and her family live on the island of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker in Lake Superior in 1847. Based on her own family history, Louise Erdrich has crafted a richly textured historical novel…In this carefully crafted story, we intimately feel the effect of the Westward Expansion of the United States from the point of view of a loving Ojibwa family. Listeners who prefer action to descriptive narration will find the pace slow. The first of a projected series of books, this audiobook will be a fine addition to school and public libraries.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A novel that is by turns charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/12/2011

    " A beautiful coming of age story set in a unique historical fiction setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/4/2011

    " A fine litlle book about a young girl. Bought for my granddaughter. Audible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joy | 1/10/2011

    " Can't wait to share this book with my daughter someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/2/2011

    " I *loved* this book. Read it with Amy for our mother-daughter book group and it sparked some great discussion about Native American culture, lifestyle, spirituality, healing, etc. It's very touching and also inspiring. "

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