The Porcupine Year

The Porcupine Year

By Louise Erdrich

HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780064410304, 193pp.

Publication Date: September 2010


Omakayas was a dreamer who did not yet know her limits.

When Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey in search of a new home. Pushed 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 through.

About the Author
LOUISE ERDRICH lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this series which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman was inspired by Ms. Erdrich s own genealogy. Makoons continues the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006; the acclaimed The Porcupine Year; and Chickadee, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2013. Ms. Erdrich is the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults as well, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves, the National Book Award medalist The Round House and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother s Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. You can visit her online at and

Praise For The Porcupine Year

“Erdrich is a talented storyteller. She has created a world, fictional but real: absorbing, funny, serious, and convincingly human.”
-New York Times Book Review on The Game of Silence

“Readers who loved Omakayas and her family in The Birchbark House have ample reason to rejoice in this beautifully constructed sequel.”
-Kirkus (starred review) on The Game of Silence

“Readers will want to follow this family for many seasons to come.”
-Publishers Weekly on The Birchbark House

“Charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life.”
-Kirkus Reviews on The Birchbark House

“The struggle to survive provides the exciting action in this sequel to The Birchbark House (1999) and The Game of Silence (2005), which takes place in 1852. What is left unspoken is as powerful as the story told.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“The novel reinforces the strength and importance of family.”
-KLIATT (starred review)

“Charming and enlightening.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The events in this installment will both delight and appall readers.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)