The Game of Silence

The Game of Silence❴Reading❵ ➶ The Game of Silence Author Louise Erdrich – Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction The Game of Silence is the second novel in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich  Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction The Game of Silence The Game PDF/EPUB ² is the second novel in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades to especially during homeschooling It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroomHer 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 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 westThat 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 homeThe 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”.

a book descriptionAuthor Biography Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted prolific The Game PDF/EPUB ² and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists Born in in Little Falls Minnesota she grew up mostly in Wahpeton North Dakota where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage German through her father and French and Ojibwa through her mother She worked at various jobs such as hoeing sugar beets farm work waitressing short order cooking lifeguarding and construction work before becoming a writer She attended the Johns Hopkins creative writing program and received fellowships at the McDowell Colony and the Yaddo Colony After she was named writer in residence at Dartmouth she married professor Michael Dorris and raised several children some of them adopted She and Michael became a picture book husband and wife writing team though they wrote only one truly collaborative novel The Crown of Columbus The Antelope Wife was published in not long after her separation from Michael and his subseuent suicide Some reviewers believed they saw in The Antelope Wife the anguish Erdrich must have felt as her marriage crumbled but she has stated that she is unconscious of having mirrored any real life eventsShe is the author of four previous bestselling andaward winning novels including Love Medicine; The Beet ueen; Tracks; and The Bingo Palace She also has written two collections of poetry Jacklight and Baptism of Desire Her fiction has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle and The Los Angeles Times and has been translated into fourteen languages Several of her short stories have been selected for O Henry awards and for inclusion in the annual Best American Short Story anthologies The Blue Jay's Dance a memoir of motherhood was her first nonfiction work and her children's book Grandmother's Pigeon has been published by Hyperion Press She lives in Minnesota with her children who help her run a small independent bookstore called The Birchbark.

The Game of Silence PDF ã The Game  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Game of Silence
  • Louise Erdrich
  • English
  • 01 August 2016
  • 9780064410298

10 thoughts on “The Game of Silence

  1. says:

    I very much enjoyed reading The Game of Silence but I think it is important to consider that much of what is revealed or not revealed depends on the viewpoint of the person telling the story It is certainly important to acknowledge Erdrich's Native American heritage and the importance of minority storytellers contributing to the canon for lack of a better word But should we not also consider what does not get said? Except for Two Strike and Pinch who are children and are therefore expected to misbehave on occasion there are no Native American adults who behave less than nobly in the story If we accept Erdrich's version of life among the Anishinabeg everyone gets along newcomers are always accepted with open arms resources are always shared and distributed eually and the white settlers including the priest and Break Apart Girl are treated with nothing but kindness and even a winking acceptance of their white ways Nokomis Deydey and Old Tallow are benevolent loving leaders who nurture Omakayas and the other members of the community without strife or conflict I felt this was somewhat unrealistic Native Americans are human That means they make mistakes and bad decisions they are not always kind or unselfish and they are not universally supportive and understanding parents I say all of this to suggest that perhaps in attempting to counteract the negative stereotypes contained in so many of the stories written about Native Americans Erdrich went overboard in attempting to depict them positively and in doing so sacrificed some of the realism necessary to effectuate acceptance and understanding by non Native American readers The inclusion of Old Tallow who acknowledges her inability to remain in a marital relationship but survives and thrives on her own contributes to the message that girls are important and contribute to the community in significant ways I also appreciated Erdrich's subtle inclusion of environmental issues such as the importance of conserving natural resources and recycling available materials rather than throwing them away These messages were subtle and not preachy but were communicated in ways that younger readers can appreciate and understand

  2. says:

    Digital audiobook performed by Anna FieldsBook two in the Birchbark House series which is about an Ojibwa tribe’s life on their island in Lake Superior in the mid 19th century Omakayas is the young girl who narrates this book which chronicles a year on the island that is today known as Madeline Island I love how Erdrich depicts these people and their way of life Not everything is pleasant or easy but there is room for joy and happiness for children to explore and learn I loved the various adventures and misadventures Omakayas her younger brother Pinch and cousin Two Strike a girl who is every bit as strong and fierce as any boy her age get into It is two years after book one and Omakayas is growing up At age nine she has responsibility to help with the necessary tasks of tribal living Her intelligence courage and spirit are recognized by the elders and her friendship with a white girl whom she calls “the Break Apart Girl” because of her tightly corseted waist will be important to them all as they face the changes to their way of life Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa and she spoke to various Ojibwa elders about the significance of Madeline Island Events depicted are historically accurate The text version includes Erdrich’s pencil drawing illustrations I will definitely continue reading this seriesAnna Fields does a marvelous job narrating the audiobook She sets a good pace and her diction is clear enough that even younger children will not have trouble following the story

  3. says:

    AUDIOBOOK So glad to have reader Anna Fields back for this one This little series has not gotten the attention it should The stories that weave this Native tribe life is touching and real I read somewhere it is similar to Little House on the Prairie and and I see the comparison This would be so good to share with young readers to teach history connection to the land and compassion to living beings of all sorts

  4. says:

    I didn't realize that this is a children's book I enjoyed it as an adult and was sorry when it ended The illustrations did not display well on my Kindle but aside from this the story was highly enjoyable A young girl's memories of hard times for her tribe form the heart of her story Happy in her island home she and her family are forced to leave it behind due to pressure from the white people Aside from this major trouble her life is full of happy events and minor annoyance She enjoys making friends growing up learning her own gifts and how she fits in with the tribeI grew up in the Southwest and my knowledge of Native Americans has been limited to the tribes of California Arizona and New Mexico It was a real treat to learn about another tribe this time the Ojibway

  5. says:

    2nd book in the Birchbark series my 11 year old daughter and I are reading and loving This one was as sweet and emotional with heart ache but not the same heartbreak as the first The author’s illustrations were just as soft and simple Again a must read for all Little House on the Prairie fans

  6. says:

    An engaging interesting story It was hard to put down So glad there are lots books to the series I'm super attached to these characters

  7. says:

    This is a beautiful continuation to The Birchbark House set in the 1850s that tells the story of Omakayas and her Objibwe family Erdrich does a wonderful job telling a bittersweet story of a loving family whose way of life is about to change dramatically A culturally rich middle grade story that adds much depth to a lesser known historical viewpoint

  8. says:

    Erdrich just writes so beautifully Even in a kids book she infuses beautiful prose and does not hold back or dumb things down But importantly the ideas the paradigms about life are complex and nuanced giving all readers a glimpse of this incredible Ojibwe world

  9. says:

    I really like Louise Erdrich and I really liked this book but maybe I've missed something It FELT like a book written for ummm younger than young adults maybe on the verge of young adult like mature fifth or sixth grader and it has sketches That's the kind of book my grandchildren read It also has a lot of Ojibwa words which you can usually figure out in context and there is a vocabulary list in the back that explains all of them It seems to fit in with all the other books I buy and love and crave of but maybe the story before the longer adult booksThe Game of Silence is written from the point of view of a young girl learning to be a good citizen and a good woman doing womens work which she often detests Womens work is pretty repetitive; at least this little girl loves babies It is an in depth look at how a year is lived how food is grown gathered and stored for the long hungry winters how rabbits are snared how hides are scraped and tanned all really good stuff Maybe a little tedious There are hints of Erdrich's magic in the descriptions of the adults and their stories but they are all filtered through the understanding of our very young heroine We may extrapolate but we don't knowThe period is the coming of the Europeans who make agreements and break agreements snatch up the land and force this peaceful group of people to migrate westwards into the territory of their enemies

  10. says:

    I love these books They have this special warm place in my heart and it makes me feel at peace just to read them SighThere is so much good in here The introduction of the Angry One Two Strike's transformation into a warrior Omakayas' transformation into a healer The continued presence of strong tough women in the shape of the grandmother mother and Old Tallow The love story of Fishtail and Angeline The characters are so beautifully represented you feel like you know themor if not that you want toAs with The Birchbark House I appreciate that Erdrich does not back off of the difficulties that were experienced by the early Native people because the main audience for this series is children There are real stakes to the world that these people are living in and the outcome for dark situations is often not positive This is a brave writerly move in a country that often wants to rewrite the history of its Native people in order to make the story of our past paletteable to mainstream audiencesThe About the Author portion of this book says that Erdrich plans to write seven of these stories and I have the next three on my shelf waiting to be read When it's complete I believe this series will stand out among the classics of children's historical literature And as a Native girl that will one day have Native girls of her own that makes me so happy

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