I am so excited about this book! Set in a contemporary Ojibwe Reservation on the northern border with Canada, this book is about living in many worlds and crossing all kinds of borders. A mystery within a novel that also deals with critical issues and cultural biases of acculturation and prejudice. Appropriate for young adult readers and written in the tradition of Louise Erdrich or Tommy Orange, this novel is an intricate, multi-faceted debut by Boulley (member of the Ojibwe tribe herself) that had me waking up in the middle of the night to read another chapter. — Maeve Noonan
The Firekeeper’s Daughter is perhaps one of the most ambitious and impactful young adult books I’ve ever read. This debut follows 18-year-old Daunis, a biracial Native American that feels both connected and disconnected to the white and indigenous sides of her family, and gets involved in a widescope FBI drug investigation related to drug use and deaths within her community. Part crime-mystery, part coming-of-age, this book shines a light on the trauma of the past--both Daunis’ trauma and the violence inflicted on Native American tribes for centuries--while also breaking your heart every chapter with loss, violence and grief that goes on with unrequited justice. And yet, when you reach the end of this beautiful book, you’ll find yourself feeling an immense amount of love and hope for Daunis and her family. Finished it in one day, but this book will be on my mind forever.— Kirstin Swartz
“This debut grabbed me from the start and kept me totally immersed in the story of a strong, self-described nerdy young female struggling with the normal problems of belonging, with the added element of being half Native American. This novel offers a rich combination of a young person’s struggle with identity plus the unique challenges of being associated with a tribe and the problems of meth use and addiction. Add in a pulse-pounding mystery on top of it, and you have a true page-turner.”
— Carol Putnam, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO
"Isabella Star LaBlanc brings an authentic-sounding narration to this powerful audiobook...Dialogue, including words in other languages, is handled with effortless transitions and clear depictions between characters. This audiobook should not be missed." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner
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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
For fans of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange, 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.
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.
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
A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company
"The text is filled with Ojibwe phrases and traditions that Native American reader LaBlanc (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) handles with ease. Her voice is young and earnest and her fluency adds to the portrayal of Daunis...It’s a tale filled with suspense, and LaBlanc’s sensitive reading will keep listeners plugged in." -- Booklist, starred review
"Expert narration from Isabella Star LeBlanc, a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, brings authenticity to Daunis’s joy, anger, fear, and grief while providing distinct voices for the supporting cast, including the tribal elders. LeBlanc’s captivating voice draws readers in, expressing every mundane, sweet, heartbreaking, and life-threatening moment." -- School Library Journal, starred review