In this story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most childrens stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at them as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her familys history, wants to tell about us, from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilders Little House books. —The New York Times Book Review
1999 National Book Award nominee for Young Peoples Literature.