The Game of Silence

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The Game of Silence
Author: Erdrich, Louise
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Time Period: Industrial Age
Time Frame: 1850
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Ojibwe Nation, Indigenous Americans
Genre: Fiction, Own Voices
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2005

The Birchbark House Series::
1) The Birchbark House
2) The Game of Silence
3) The Porcupine Year


American History > Industrial Age > Indigenous American History

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, The Game of Silence is the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Birchbark House by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. One day in 1850, Omakayas’s island is visited by a group of mysterious people. From them, she learns that the chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island and move farther west.

That day, Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, could be in danger: Her way of life. Her home.

The Birchbark House Series is the story of one Ojibwe family’s journey through one hundred years in America. The New York Times Book Review raved about The Game of Silence: “Erdrich has created a world, fictional but real: absorbing, funny, serious and convincingly human.”

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