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Firekeeper's Daughter - by Angeline Boulley

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About the Book

Daunis, who's 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.

Book Synopsis


An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.

"One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels." --Good Morning America

A 2021 Kids' Indie Next List Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March Selection
An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection
A PopSugar Best March 2021 YA Book Selection

With four starred reviews, Angeline Boulley's debut novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, perfect for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi's hockey team.

Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims.

Now, as the deceptions--and deaths--keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she's ever known.

Review Quotes

This is one bold, uncompromising and elegantly crafted debut. --Courtney Summers, New York Times-bestselling author of Sadie

Intricate and moving. Boulley takes the reader on an incredible journey with the assurance of a veteran novelist. --Tochi Onyebuchi, award-winning author of Beasts Made of Night and Riot Baby

"A rare and mesmerizing work that blends the power of a vibrant tradition with the aches and energy of today's America. This book will leave you breathless!" --Francisco X. Stork, acclaimed author of Marcelo in the Real World and Illegal

[An] absolute powerhouse of a debut. --NPR

"Another YA novel that's absolutely page-turning required reading for adults...Our heroine is so smart, so thoughtful, and so good." --Glamour

Raw and moving. . . Boulley has crafted a nuanced and refreshing protagonist. --Cosmopolitan

Sure to be on one of the year's best YA novels --POPSUGAR

A gorgeous insight into Anishinaabe culture and a page-turning YA thriller with a healthy dose of romance thrown in, Firekeeper's Daughter hits all of the right notes. --Hypable

Immersive and enthralling, Firekeeper's Daughter plunges the reader into a community and a landscape enriched by a profound spiritual tradition. Full of huge characters and spellbinding scenes, it gives a fascinating insight into life on and off the reservation, with Daunis as a tough and resourceful heroine through every vicissitude. --Financial Times

Hitting hard when it comes to issues such as citizenship, language revitalization, and the corrosive presence of drugs on Native communities, this novel will long stand in the hearts of both Native and non-Native audiences. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Though Firekeeper's Daughter contains gripping action sequences and gasp-inducing twists, it's Daunis' mission of self-discovery, which begins as a low and steady growl and grows to a fierce, proud roar, that has the most impact... Though it both shocks and thrills, in the end, what leaves you breathless is Firekeeper's Daughter's blazing heart. --BookPage, Starred Review

Boulley, herself an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, writes from a place of love for her community and shares some key teachings from her culture, even mixing languages within the context of the story. She doesn't shy away from or sugar-coat the very real circumstances that plague reservations across the country, and she tackles these through her biracial hero who gets involved in the criminal investigation into the corruption that led to this pain. An incredible thriller, not to be missed. --Booklist, Starred Review

This suspenseful upper-YA novel will keep readers wondering who Daunis can trust. --Horn Book, Starred Review

A suspenseful tale filled with Ojibwe knowledge, hockey, and the politics of status. --Kirkus Reviews

A character-driven crime thriller packed with Ojibwe culture and high-stakes tension with themes of identity, trust, and resilience. --School Library Journal

A perfectly calibrated pace and a constantly shifting list of suspects keep the tension high. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About The Author

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.5 Inches (H) x 1 Inch (W) x 7.3 Inch (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 13-19 Years
Number of Pages: 496
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Thrillers & Suspense
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Format: Hardcover
Author: Angeline Boulley
Language: English
Street Date: March 16, 2021
TCIN: 79754612
UPC: 9781250766564
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-6400
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews
100% would recommend
6 recommendations

Perfect copy

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Laura - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
I needed to read it for summer reading, before the tv show comes out. It came recommended to me.
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Worth adding to your library

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
amz571 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. One of the best I’ve read in a long time. Worth owning because I would read it again.
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Better Than Expected

4 out of 5 stars
Trishanna - 2 years ago
The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was not what I expected, it was better. The cover, as gorgeous as it is, is misleading. Without reading the blurb, I thought it would be fantasy but it very much is not. I usually struggle with first person POV but it was written very well. The MC had a clarity to her tone that created compassion from the reader. A lot of characters and relations were introduced quickly which led to some confusion and led me to look back to see who was who. I felt almost consistently engaged throughout but the progression of the plot lost its steady flow about 3/4 through, as if the author hit a fork in the road and wasn'tsure which way to go. Some parts felt long winded; the story did not need to be so long. The unique terms and phrases made parts of the story harder to grasp, and the repetition of "sis" became annoying. The story was unique and twisty. I enjoyed the fiesty yet sensitive and level-headed MC, along with the cast of well developed and relatable characters. Although satisfying, the conclusion was not one I was hoping for. Almost a 5 star read, but not quite. I would like to see what this author does next. **Looking to make new book friends? Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to read reviews, play games, join discussions and more
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Best book i've read all year

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Megan Marke - 2 years ago
Dude this book! It’s amazing. It’s thrilling, educational, informative and so compelling. I feel like it particularly resonated with me because I am Native American from the tribe in the book. I loved that they used Native American language and showed the customs. Such a gripping story, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in 2 days. It is getting awards all over the place so i’m happy other people are liking it too :)
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Avv91 - 3 years ago
I enjoyed this book so much I’m reading it a second time. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying it’s bleh or difficult to understand but if you’re not indigenous or a person of color it makes sense why you would think that way. She talks about the 7 grandfathers, culture being taught by your elders, what a jingle dress represents, so many beautiful things that if you already don’t know maybe they won’t have a meaning to you but if you do then you’d understand how special all those things are.
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Enjoyable read

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Waverlygirl - 3 years ago
This book is considered YA but I enjoyed it very much! I hope Angeline Boulley will continue to write because I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
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A Story Full of History

3 out of 5 stars
Olivia Fink - 3 years ago
I have seen this book everywhere, and a lot of people claim it is the best book they have read this year. For me, I think that there is too much hip for this book. The book was pretty average for me. There was nothing wrong with it but also nothing that stands out beyond the rest. This book has a lot of ancestral, tribal, native elements to create a unique backstory and setting within the book. This is how the fantasy elements come into the book. The tribal group the main girl is a part of has many unique customs and beliefs that make up a lot of what drives the story. The book also includes some of the languages that are spoken in the tribe to add even more of this aspect into the book. For me, this book wasn't really about the mystery, but more of just the story and the main character's own struggles. But having the mystery in the book did add some nice suspense. There were also some nice shocking reveals but not in connection with the mystery. Before the big reveal, there were a lot of different clues to lead you to the truth. I didn't guess the whole truth but the build-up was way too long, so when it finally happened it wasn't a very big shock. Also, it isn't like the motive is a secret. It is pretty clear from the beginning the motive and how it happened, the whole thing is just figuring out who. I didn't realize this book would have a bug sports element, so I was thrown off at first because I can find that having that leads me to be very bored with the book. But the way it was done in this book wasn't boring and kept a nice balance that made having it incorporated into the book benefited instead of worsening. I just think this book was too predictable and included a lot of useless information. It was slow a lot of the time and she just pocks around trying to play detective. I also don't think the relationship is very realistic in how it came to exist and then how it proceeds afterward. I couldn't see them together and this had me not rooting against them but also not rooting for them either. Their relationship is more of a formal one so having it turn to be even more close than friendly had it be too forceful and unnatural. So there were some good elements, some bad. But for me, it just didn't meet my expectation and is just a middle-of-the-road type of book.
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