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The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
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The Birchbark House

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Narrator Nicolle Littrell
Length 5 hours 27 minutes
Language English
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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.

Louise Erdrich, winner of the National Book Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and World Fantasy Award, has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Nicolle Littrell is a professional audiobook narrator. Her work includes Louise Erdrich’s The Birchbark House and Joseph Bruchac’s Sacajawea.

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Reviews

“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.” 

“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.”

“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.”

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

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