Firekeeper's Daughter

Firekeeper's Daughter

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Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2021
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781250766564
Characteristics: 494 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: Y BOULLEY, A


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DCLteens Nov 13, 2017

An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection. “A masterpiece. 'Firekeeper’s Daughter' is going to rock the YA world like Angie Thomas did with 'The Hate U Give.'" – Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

DCLteens Mar 15, 2021

A Must-Read YA staff pick 2021. An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection. “A masterpiece. 'Firekeeper’s Daughter' is going to rock the YA world like Angie Thomas did with 'The Hate U Give.'" – Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

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May 18, 2021

Firstly, this book has the most visually stunning, dynamic, mystical, and nuanced cover of the year by Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham! The Author, Angeline set out to Write an Indigenous Nancy Drew tale and she accomplished and surpassed that goal by Creating a sublime, Heart pounding, edge of your seat, can't stop reading late into the night Thriller. The almost 19-year-old Mixed Race Female protagonist is practicing being Emotionally Intelligent while figuring out her individual and collective identity. As she actively works at being her best possible self, she consistently engages her innate and learned intelligence, shrewdness, courage, and wisdom. By following Ojibwe Traditions in a Spiritual and pragmatic manner that is inspiring, authentic, and captures you from the first page. This novel is beyond YA, and any age group, culture, and or gender would relish this Storytelling feast. I'm so looking forward to seeing the characters come to life on the small screen and am super excited by her upcoming second book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 07, 2021

So so good. A mystery/thriller set in the upper Michigan peninsula...full of loving Ojibwe cultural representation. An amazing, tough, prickly-but-loveable hockey playing lead character reminiscent of The Hate You Give's Starr.

AlishaH_KCMO Mar 23, 2021

Trigger Warning(s): Meth addiction, murder, grief, mourning, kidnapping, mention of drug overdose

The Fire Keeper's Daughter is about a young woman, Daunis Fontaine, who, after witnessing a murder, goes undercover for the FBI to expose those trafficking drugs into the Ojibwe community. Even though she never truly felt like she belonged, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community.

Oh wow, this is definitely moving into my Top 10 favorite book list for sure! I know it took me a bit longer to read than when I devour other books I love, but besides a few things happening in my personal life, I felt like this book deserved reading and fully understanding. Angeline Boulley writes about Native American culture and heritage, and because there are simply far too little stories being told by and about Native Americans, I felt like it deserves all the attention I could give it to fully understand. This book shines a light on Anishinaabe people and issues that they, and many other Indigenous communities will see themselves reflected in.

I was hooked on this novel within the first few pages - something about the way Boulley wrote Daunis' voice and narrative really caught me. And it stayed that way through the entire novel. This will be one I will be revisiting for sure and one that I will be recommending to everyone I know as well.

I would say this to be a New YA crime fiction. It has elements of YA in it, but also of Adult Fiction as well (hence the New YA part). Don't let the YA part of it scare you away though! This is something I would suggest going into it as blind as you can, regardless of your age. Like I said before, I'm going to be shoving it in as many people's hands as I possibly can.

Mar 16, 2021

There is so much to absorb in Angeline Boulley’s debut novel. The storyline is excellent, that of a girl beginning her college education being recruited by the FBI as an informer helping to track down the meth that is targeting tribal members. The slow start to the book is most appreciated as you end the story. The early pages set the stage for the Ojibwe way of life as it meets the needs of current tribal members. Daunis Firekeeper is an excellent protagonist. For a young woman, she has an amazing respect for her culture. Her mother is white, her father was Ojibwe. Never marrying Daunis’s white mother, he married a native woman and is later killed. Daunis’s half-brother, Levi, plays a major role in the story, both in the meth issue and hocky. If you live right next to Canada, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ice hockey rules supreme. If it were just the story plot of capturing the bad meth distributers, the story would be still good, but when you add in Daunis’s observations about a native culture that works to make women self-confident leaders, her respect for elders and the look at science and traditional medicine it becomes almost required reading. There’s a lot of violence in the book, violence against women and violence toward each other. One of my favorite parts is the Women’s Circle, who at night take a man who has mistreated a woman to a secluded area and hand out their own form of justice. The book is aimed at audiences 14 years old and up. It would make an excellent mother-daughter bookclub selections. And as Daunis knows the value (literally keeping her from dying) of strong and worthy elders, a discussion from different points of view would add to the enjoyment of the story. While many would say this is a plot driven story, without the variety and strengths and weaknesses of the characters, the story would not have the depth it does.

DCLteens Mar 15, 2021

A Must-Read YA staff pick 2021. An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection. “A masterpiece. 'Firekeeper’s Daughter' is going to rock the YA world like Angie Thomas did with 'The Hate U Give.'" – Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

Feb 23, 2021

This book cover is stunning!

LPL_MaryW Feb 05, 2021

In Michigan’s upper peninsula, Daunis has never felt fully accepted by her Anishinaabe community. Born to a white mother, she’s pale-skinned and unregistered. A former high-school hockey star, she now sets her sights on medical school. But the summer before college, a handsome new hockey player turns her world upside down. It’s the early 2000’s; smartphones are hardly a thing, meth is on the rise, and—not unlike today—native peoples are still an afterthought. In this thrilling, feminist tale rich with Ojibwe culture, Daunis must decide what to tell and what to keep secret. Firekeeper’s Daughter is a powerful story that honors traditional wisdom and allows Indigenous women to be heard. I loved it!


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