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Erdrich, Louise.
New York : HarperCollins, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0060297891
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Be very quiet, don't let out a sound—even if your brother tries to pinch you or makes faces to get you to laugh. Let's try this for one minute…. If you were Omakayas, you'd be playing this game in earnest because there are lots of good prizes waiting if you stay quiet. Children play the game of silence for prizes so that they will be able to be silent when there is danger or grownups need to discuss serious business. Today you know that the grownups must have something very important to talk about because the prizes are better than usual—maple sugar, a new doll, new moccasins, ribbons, marbles…. After awhile, it's not to hard to stay silent because you start listening to what the grownups are talking about: the white people want you to move away from your home. How can you do that? This is the place you've lived all your life. This is where your family and friends are. This is where your baby sister is buried. Find out what happens to Omakayas and her family as the Ojibwa people are forced to move from Lake Superior to reservations further west.  (Bernie Farrell, librarian,
SUBJECTS:     Ojibwa Indians -- Fiction.
                        Indians of North America -- Superior, Lake -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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