Image from “The Porcupine Year” book cover. Viewed online.

In this third book of The Birchbark House series, 12-year-old Omakayas (Little Frog) and her family go on a harrowing journey west. They travel by canoe from their home near Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, seeking a new home. While the family prepared for the trip, they meet challenges along the way that push them to their brink.

Omakayas continues to learn from the land and spirits around her, and she discovers the one things she needs to carry her through.

Contributed by Louise Erdrich