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Firekeeper's Daughter

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.

As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Dauni
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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    This is a stunning debut from Angeline Boulley, set in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, amongst the Native American Ojibwe community. 18 year old Daunis Fontaine is biracial, an unenrolled tribal member, the child of a scandal, who whilst never quite fitting in with her fragile and vulnerable white mother's family, nor the other half of her Indigenous family, and community, nevertheless lives her daily life immersed in both. She is weighed by down by the disappointing loss of her ...more
    Aug 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
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    do yall see this cover??
    the flavor is

    Erin || erins_library
    Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is one of the most powerful and important books I’ve ever read. It made my heart feel so full and broken at the same time. As a Lingít reader, I appreciated how unapologetically Anishinaabe this novel was in it’s use of language, traditions, and culture that created such a rich world. The community was so real and visceral, I felt like I knew the characters, and I absolutely loved all of it. This book shines a valuable light on Anishinaabe people and iss ...more
    Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020-reads
    I literally could not put this book down. Read over a few hours from early evening to the early hours of the morning, I was glued to Firekeeper's Daughter, a stunning YA debut by Angeline Boulley that is harrowing, disturbing, triggering, informative, beautiful, transcendent. It's a thriller but also a cultural story, a coming of age tale, and a tale of love between individuals and within an Ojibwe community, and Boulley does a really tremendous job weaving all of these elements together and ...more
    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    Daunis Fontaine is the product of a teen pregnancy in a scandalous relationship between a wealthy white female and a tribal member on the Ojibwe reservation. She has never felt she fits in to either world though both sides of her family love her fiercely.

    Her plan to play hockey and study medicine has gone off track after losing her uncle in what appears to be a drug related death and her grandmother’s recent stroke. Daunis thinks tragedy comes in threes and is bracing for the final, though nothi
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    While this has not become a new favourite like I thought it might, I highly encourage all readers to consider picking up this book. I know we all feel differently about what a three star rating means but please know that I did really enjoy reading this. But what's more I just think this book deals with so many important things.

    The best way I can pitch this story is something along the lines of an Indigenous Veronica Mars. But unlike Neptune, this world balances more than just the haves and the h
    Sage Agee
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This was a fun YA mystery thriller that tied in the identity of being Anishinaabe kwe.

    I think that YA mysteries aren’t totally for me, and found some of the plot points to be too convenient. There is also a fake dating trope in here that I didn’t love, so for those reasons this wasn’t a new favorite. That being said, the characters were interesting, especially allll the grandmas and aunties! The hockey element will excite my Canadian friends for sure, and this was generally a good time. I’m giv
    Feb 12, 2021 marked it as anticipating
    someone needs to stop me from reading previews on netgalley because im obviously not mentally stable enough to get really invested only for it to end on a major cliffhanger.


    either way, i was not sure if i wanted to read this but now i am. this starts really slow but i kinda enjoyed the build-up. this way when the cliffhanger thing happened i actually cared about the characters and what was happening.

    i can’t say anything about the accuracy of the representation but i thought it was so intere
    Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a gut punch of a book. Firekeeper's Daughter is not an easy read, but it's well worth the time and emotional investment.

    Daunis Fontaine has never been fully accepted by either of her communities because of her white mother and Ojibwe father, but she tries her best to honor the traditional ways of her family and be a strong Ojibwe woman. After a traumatic event, Daunis agrees to help the FBI as a confidential informant to discover the people behind the reservation's recent spike in meth. He
    Nov 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Firekeeper's Daughter is a book that swept me away. I was pacing myself, minding my own business, until at about 60% when I needed to finish the whole thing in one evening. Oops. There are so many elements I loved about this ownvoices debut like the feelings of Daunis feeling split between the pieces of her family. Boulley tells the story of Daunis feeling like her identity is contro
    Marta Cox
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This review is for an excerpt that truly sets the tone for what is to follow. Daunis in many ways straddles two worlds as her father was a part of the Indigenous people and her mother a white woman descended from French settlers. This story is a revelation as well as a criminal suspense one with deaths, drug use and prejudice. Daunis is at a crossroads in many ways as her uncle recently died, her maternal grandmother has had a stroke and she decides not to go away to university but to stay anoth ...more
    Sahil Pradhan
    Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Keep the secret. Live the lie. Earn your truth.

    This is the motto of Firekeeper's Daughter. This is the motto of every minority person out there: black, brown, Indian—both West and East, Asian, gay, trans, sapphic, everyone. This is the motto of my soul. This is the motto of every closeted queer soul. Do not assume to ignore this as a cautionary tale of being queer in the "new India" or as a tale that tells you that the only acceptable survival to being different is escape or death, it tells you
    “It’s hard to explain what it’s like being so connected to everyone and everything here...yet feeling that no one ever sees the whole me.”

    Rating: Really Enjoyed It, Translates to 4 Stars

    Firekeeper’s Daughter is an Own Voices YA Thriller by debut author Angeline Boulley. It follows the story of Daunis, an unenrolled, biracial member of the local tribe who is putting her big dreams for the future on hold to be at home for her mother as they go through a difficult time.

    Daunis soon finds herself in
    Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is such a powerful and impactful book. It’s centered on Daunis Fontaine, an 18-year-old biracial girl living in two worlds. On one side, she is Ojibwe, although unenrolled and revels in the traditions of her native culture and on the other she is French Canadian, a white girl with privileges that many within her Anishinaabe family and tribe don’t have.

    When a murder fueled by a new type of methamphetamine happens within Daunis’s inner circle, she realize
    Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to for the advanced audiobook copy in exchange for review.

    This is easily one of the best YA thrillers I have ever encountered! The twists and turns had me gasping in shock, gripping the edge of my seat, anxiously anticipating where the story was going to go next. I adored the hockey elements, the talk of culture, identity, family, and being true to yourself, and the character’s relationships to one another. I didn’t care for the fake dating/romance aspect of the story, but th
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I'll write a full review later.

    CW: murder, meth, drugs, police, rape, violence, guns, homophobic language, racist language, fatphobic language, internalized slut shaming
    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy. Thank you to Netgalley for the sampler.
    Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars
    Wow, this book was incredible.
    COVER 😍


    THIS BLURB. 'after witnessing a murder, [Daunis] "must decide what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) when she is forced to choose between saving those she loves, helping the FBI, and protecting the tribal community."' (source)
    Ampersand Inc.
    Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: jessica-s-reads
    An explosive, well written book by a debut author. The book captures the complexity of a Native community in an engaging and honest way. Though it was a work of fiction, it felt like it could have been a true story, written in a fresh, authentic voice. Excited to see more from this author in the future!
    Adding to the the draw of the already excellent summary above is Publisher's Weekly 14 Oct. 19: "Tiffiany Liao at Henry Holt Books For Young Readers... described the book as an 'indigenous Veronica Mars.'"

    All the yes, please.
    Donna Bull
    Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    An extraordinary debut novel that brings the beauty and depth of the Ojibwe culture to life. The story pulls you in not only with the mystery at its center but the way it weaves in all the facets of Ojibwe life into the story is truly remarkable. You will come away from this story touched on so many different levels. The experiences that so many Native women have lived is so vital to bring to a wider audience and this book does that important work through this well crafted, wonderfully paced sto ...more
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book.

    This was such a powerful, emotional, beautiful, strong debut from Boulder.

    I fell in love with the cover of this book and I went into it without any knowledge of what it was about. I was blown away by the thriller aspect of the story woven with the culture of the Anishinaabe tribe.

    I love learning about cultures I know little about and Boulley beautifully entwined aspects of this tribe and their modern day d
    First of all, this cover? Absolutely stunning. I really hope the physical copy does not take away from how beautiful this is.

    Second of all, this book is not at all what I expected. I think it should be noted that there are a few trigger warnings to note in this book, some of them being rape, drug overdose/addiction, and death/murder. These do not get expanded upon in the moments they are presented, but readers should know before getting started. Firekeeper's Daughter was an important story to be
    Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I knew little about #FirekeepersDaughter going into it other than the beautiful cover and the description, and I was not disappointed. This was one of the most interesting, layered books I have read this year. It will be easily accessible and enjoyable to a wide range of ages and types of readers. This review will be limited due to it being an early release.

    In this story we follow the life of Daunis, a "biracial, unenrolled tribal member," both on and off the Ojibwe reservation. It begins by fo
    Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Huge thank you to MacMillan and Henry Holt Publishing for the NetGalley copy!

    CW:// sexual assault, drug use, death, body gore.

    I genuinely and 100% believe that Angeline Boulley has written the most powerful and stunning book of the year; with unmatched wit interwoven with generational trauma and the pain of firsthand experiences, Firekeeper’s Daughter is the type of novel that will stay with you long after it’s returned to it’s place on the shelf.
    This story focuses on the raw pain that Native co
    Kristen Beverly
    Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I’ve been reading a lot of books lately about regular people who get wrapped up into something and have to become amateur investigators. Firekeeper’s Daughter is definitely one of the best! In it, meth has become a huge problem in their Ojibwe community, even more so because this strain is particularly lethal. Daunis Firekeeper, a biracial hockey player with deep roots to the community, becomes an uncover agent to help them find the culprit. As she starts investigating, she unveils many secrets, ...more
    Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of those books that I am still thinking about days later. It was powerful. Just buy this book. I don't know what else to say.

    You have a fantastically paced YA thriller with a MC that blends traditional medicine with her science focused brain all while discovering what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe. There where moments I laughed, cheered and was on the edge of my seat. I didn't want it to end. Personally it was also fun to see a community I have connections to in literature
    Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thanks to NetGalley for an e-arc for review. I absolutely loved this book. The plot reminded me a lot of Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden. A lot of similar topics are covered like drug and addiction problems on reservations, assault and the inefficiency of federal police services to reservations. Although this book is decidedly YA it doesn't shy away from dark and difficult themes. The main character is beautifully written and it was incredibly enjoyable to join her on a kind of coming ...more
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