by Louise Erdrich
Follow Omakayas, a young Ojibwa girl, through one year, spring to spring, and see how it will change her life forever.
This is a well-told, beautiful story with rich characters. The cultural details immerse the reader in Omakayas’ world. The chapters on smallpox are a bit intense, so use caution with younger readers, and prepare for some heartbreak. But also prepare for love and hope and a book well worth reading.