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Children of the Longhouse

Children of the Longhouse, by Joseph Bruchac

Started 09.02.22 • Finished 09.20.22

My favorite quote from this book was probably "You... will... not... leave me?" It was said by Grabber. Grabber had just fallen down a ravine and broken his leg. But even though Grabber was an arrogant and rude person who had tried to hurt Ohkwa'ri, Ohkwa'ri still helped him. It shows that everyone needs help sometimes. I thought that I would like learning about the people's life at the beginning.

Ohkwa'ri is the main character, as well as his sister Otsi:stia, and they are both kind, thoughtful, respectful, and brave. They both want Grabber to change himself from hating Ohkwa'ri and being selfish, rude, and arrogant. and to being kind, selfless, and thoughtful. But Grabber is stubborn and he thinks that his way is best no matter what. Eventually Grabber learns to respect Ohkwa'ri after breaking his leg in the ravine and Ohkwa'ri helping him. He and Otsi:stia had painted animals on their heads so they could "match" each other. Otsi:stia somehow knew when Grabber was hurt, and took healers to him.

Out of a scale from 1 to 5 I'm going to give this book a 4.75. I really like how Ohkwa'ri was always kind of selfless, even when someone that had tried to seriously hurt him broke his leg.

Neph, age 11

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