The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich follows an Ojibwa girl through one eventful year in her life.
is a young Native American girl who lives with her family on an island
on Lake Superior. Though the story is set in the 1840s, contemporary
readers will empathize with Omakayas' struggles with her siblings, her
desire to be treated as a more mature girl rather than a child, and her
thoughts about the purpose of her life. These strands weave together so
that the mostly episodic plot has a nice cohesion. I think this book
serves as a nice counterpoint to the Little House series, which is
excellent in many ways but does tend to vilify the Native Americans that
appear in that story.
I listened to the audiobook of this story,
and found it enjoyable. I think listening to this book on audio was a
particularly good decision for me, since there are many unfamiliar words
and names that I would have stumbled over if I were just reading.
(Reviewed from an e-audiobook borrowed through my library system.)