Book Summary

    "[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books." --The New York Times Book Review
     
     

    Author

    Louise Erdrich

    Year Published

    1999

    Lexile Measure

    970L

    Categories

    8-12, Award Winning, Boys, classic, English, family, Girls, in corpus, Young Adult

    ISBN 13

    9780786814541

    Profanity

    low

    Sexuality

    none

    Violence

    mild

    Goodreads Rating

    3.9

    # Ratings

    3762

    # of Words

    44288

Book Summary

"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books." --The New York Times Book Review