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The Game of Silence: Birchbark House, Book 2

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Beautifully writtten tale of Ojibwes forced off their land.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Should be required reading

My 9yo and I have been reading The Birchbark House series aloud, and we both love it. An important counterpoint to Little House on the Prairie.

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Educational value
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This beautifully written sequel paints a vivid portrait of Ojibwe life in the mid-19th century, much like Book 1 in this series. While The Game of Silence has a marginal plot, there are no mean people or villains, beyond the distant, disembodied U.S. government that's making the Native Americans move off their tribal land. The Ojibwe and settlers live side-by-side in peace and friendliness, if not mutual comprehension.

Author Louise Erdrich writes in a flowing, seamless style, and liberally salts her story with Ojibwe words (explained in a glossary, though most can be inferred from context). An Ojibwe herself, she writes with confidence, authority, and authenticity.

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