Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. More about this author >
The Birchbark House, the award-winning author Louise Erdrich's first novel for young readers, features Nineteenth-century American pioneer life as seen through the eyes of the spirited, 7-year-old Ojibwa girl Omakayas, or Little Frog, so named because her first step was a hop. We follow Omakayas and her adopted family through a cycle of four seasons in 1847, including the winter, when a historically documented outbreak of smallpox overtook the island. More about this book >
Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich’s The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction, her novels Love Medicine and LaRose both received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and her novel, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
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