Pierre, the 14-year-old hero of The Broken Blade, becomes a hivernant as he spends a winter with the North West Company in the wilderness of French Canada. The canoe-men build a camp beside an Ojibwe village, and Pierre learns the deep-winter survival skills and secrets of the fur traders and trappers. Surviving in close quarters with the repulsive bowman Beloit is a challenge, but friendship with an Ojibwe brave, Red Loon, opens up a rich new world to Pierre.
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Northeast Minnesota Book Award 2010