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The Birchbark House

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Author: Louise Erdrich

This National Book Award finalist by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Louise Erdrich is the first installment in a vital nine-book series chronicling 100 years in the life of one Ojibwe family, and includes interior black-and-white artwork done by the author.

She was named Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop.

Omakayas and her family live on an island in Lake Superior. Though there are growing numbers of white people encroaching on their land, life continues much as it always has. But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever—but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.