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"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 Worldand Illegal

"A crime suspense fiction [with] a lot of layers, Indigenous culture, and it's really beautifully written." ―Georgia Hardstark, co-host of My Favorite Murder podcast

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[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

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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

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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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Square Fish (May 2 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250866030
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250866035
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 454 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.67 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
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Reviewed in Canada on March 19, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firekeeper Shines with Resilience & Hope
Reviewed in Canada on March 19, 2021
What a journey I’ve been on in this book. It was hard to put down and I often found myself engaged into the story longer than I meant to be - causing late meals and late bedtimes! I’ve learned so much. This book weaves in Indigenous culture & traditions, a crime mystery, and the strength of women. While I do love a good crime novel, it is the way Angeline Boulley shines a light to educating the reader about Indigenous communities, culture, language and traditions. While the book also reveals the negative effects colonization has had in Indigenous communities, resilience and hope is strong in Boulley’s words and through the story of Daunis, the young Firekeeper. I am a white settler and a teacher in Canada, on Treaty 4, and while the book’s setting is in an Indigenous community in the US, the learning and unlearning that I experienced in reading this novel is one that I’ll take with me in my community and into my classrooms. I’ll be sitting with what I’ve read and I’ll definitely be reading this book again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Reviewed in Canada on December 25, 2021
Very well written. I recommend to all
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two stories that don’t always support each other
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and emotional to the end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and emotional to the end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2022
Daunis is 18 and dealing with a lot of conflicting issues. She is of mixed-race which has left her feeling like an outsider, never truly belonging anywhere. She doesn’t fit in with her hometown people and is never properly welcomed or made to feel part of her Ojibwe tribe. As the sole witness to the harrowing and devastating murder of her best friend, she reluctantly agrees to help the undercover FBI agents who are investigating the crime, its ties to the illegal drug trade and several unsolved murder cases on the reservation. The deeper they delve into the origins of the mystery drug causing the deaths the closer the connection becomes to Daunis' family.

The local hockey is backed by wealthy boosters but not everything is above board. As Daunis looks closer she sees that there is a darker and more sinister power controlling things behind the scenes. As Daunis follows the orders of the FBI agents she is assigned to, she also decides to investigate things in her way. Utilising her skills in traditional tribal medicine and the chemistry knowledge she was thought by her uncle who died in tragic circumstances, she begins to uncover the origins of the drugs and the connection to the reservation.

Will Daunis protect her community from these deadly threats and will she prove to everyone that she is a true strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) though she might save her people but destroy herself in the process. Will her growing closeness to one of the FBI agents hamper the operation and end with them both being killed?

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. A tense, thrilling and tough read. So many topics and issues were explored which made it a deep and fascinating narrative to read. Daunis was a strong, independent young woman and I was impressed with how she dealt with all the hardships in her life and still strove to make life better for others. I found the Native American aspects of the story compelling and they offered a different side to that community that I hadn’t read before. Suspenseful and emotional to the end. I highly recommend this story.
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Lyn B
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, engaging and thought provoking.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2022
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