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1. What is the premise of THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE?

This young adult novel is the story of a year in the life of a young Ojibwa girl who, over the cycle of four full seasons, comes to a deeper understanding of life, herself, and the relationship between the two.

2. What are some of the themes in THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE?

As the book chronicles the year's events, the narrative thematically explores the connection between human beings and nature, the effect of whites on indigenous culture, and the necessity of confronting fear.

3. Who does the group of voyageurs discover on a small island?

A group of voyageurs (canoeing fur traders) discovers that the only person left alive in a native village, following an attack of smallpox, is a crying baby girl. The baby girl is well dressed, well fed, and evidently cared for.

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