Firekeeper's Daughter

Angeline Boulley (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$18.99  $17.47
Publisher
Henry Holt & Company
Publish Date
March 16, 2021
Pages
496
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.1 X 1.9 inches | 1.54 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781250766564

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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.

Reviews

Firekeeper's Daughter is a gripping and unforgettable story of family, community and identity told through the eyes of a protagonist so powerfully realized on the page, you'll swear you can hear her heart beat. Daunis Fontaine is a force to be reckoned with--and so is Angeline Boulley. 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. . . [an] intense thriller. --POPSUGAR

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. Her introspective revelation of self-worth acts like a healing salve for the novel's violence and darkness. 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 #OwnVoices novel is a character-driven crime thriller packed with Ojibwe culture and high-stakes tension with themes of identity, trust, and resilience . . . Native cultural aspects, such as the central role of Elders in tribal life, the special relationship between aunts and nieces, and decentering of the individual in favor of the tribe are included, as are some darker aspects of life including drugs, violence, and sexual assault. Daunis, Jamie, and other characters are fleshed out, relatable, and believable, and Daunis's journey to become a strong Ojibwe woman is compelling. A strong crime fiction addition to any library, educators will find this text useful in discussions of character growth, social justice, and Native issues. --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