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Firekeeper's Daughter

Boulley, Angeline. Book - 2021 R Printz Award 2022, Teen Fiction / Boulley, Angeline, Teen Book / Fiction / Mystery / Boulley, Angeline None on shelf 10 requests on 34 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Daunis, who is 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.

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Michigan Native thriller, slow to start and then non-stop submitted by mowjac on April 30, 2021, 7:00am I loved this book! Daunis is a realistic teen, on the cusp of moving into adulthood. Her world isn’t simplistic: there is racism, drug addiction, untrustworthy adults, but also joy, love and family. We are immersed In Anishinaabeg culture while being pulled along in a thriller. Themes of identity, tribal status, trust and mortality offer much food for thought. Plus, it’s set in Michigan, giving it an anchor in reality. I would recommend for older teens, with the caveat that violence against Native women is part of the plot and may need support.

Fantastic for older YA readers submitted by sseaver on July 27, 2021, 3:38pm I thought this book was excellent. The main character Daunis, is of mixed racial background. The story highlights her navigating those two communities. The book is set in the UP so has fun references for any of us Michiganders! I also enjoyed learning more about the Anishinaabeg culture. The overall plot has a bit of a Nancy Drew vibe to it in the solving a mystery sense.
There are some more sensitive topics covered - drug usage & violence against women in particular. In my opinion they were addressed appropriately within the context, and definitely opens the door for discussion afterwards.

So good! submitted by jacatanz on August 2, 2021, 5:13pm I recently got this book prior to a UP trip and it was perfect! The main character is so likable and I learned alot about the Native culture in the UP through her. Easy read, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended.

Amazing book submitted by manz on January 7, 2022, 11:46am I loved this book! Daunis is such a strong character. There is so much heart and depth to this story and her adventure. And a bonus that it is set in Michigan, written by a Michigan author, and has hockey!

YA but adult themes submitted by lballard on June 10, 2022, 4:51pm This is a page turner that contains mystery, hockey, and Michigan. The fact that the author is a member of a tribe here makes it even better. However some of the very adult themes might make it too much for younger readers. Or it might just serve as a warning. Can’t wait to read more from this author.

Excellent submitted by changflm on June 29, 2022, 11:24pm Phenomenal book. Not only great plot, but also introduced me to Michigan Native American (Ojibwe) language and customs.

Wonderful YA book submitted by Emily LB on July 8, 2022, 10:49am What a wonderful surprise! When I started this book, I was excited to read a sweeping narrative, taking place in UP and learning more about the Ojibwe tribe. What a delight when it turned out to be that AND SO MUCH MORE!! I had not planned on reading this book non-stop 4th of July weekend, but I am so glad I did.

Book pairing submitted by rose.lorenz on July 11, 2022, 4:14pm I also couldn’t put this book down! I recently finished reading Braiding Sweetgrass (Kimmerer) - and highly recommend the pairing.

Great for Michiganders submitted by hjzechar on July 15, 2022, 3:53pm I enjoyed this overall. There were a few plot points that didn't resolve fully for me, but that doesn't detract from the book as a whole. I enjoyed learning about the Ojibwe culture in the Sault Ste Marie area. It was interesting getting lulled into the traditional culture, then being pulled back to the familiar (pasties and euchre anyone?). Recommended reading, especially for Michiganders.

Michigan-based book submitted by pamhockey25 on July 17, 2022, 3:07pm Triggers: Drugs, shooting, rape
This is one of my favorite reads this summer. Angeline Boulley spent ten years writing this book and it shows with her attention to detail, character, and plot development. This is a book I could not put down. I loved the Michigan references (pasties, Michigan State, University of Michigan, euchre, obsession with hockey...to name just a few). I attended her lecture when she came to the AADL and she actually learned to make meth. This book describes the Ojiwbe community in Sault Ste Marie from someone who lives it. Highly recommended.

Great for all readers submitted by acurry673 on August 18, 2022, 11:42pm This book brought out so much emotion for me. My family lived in the Upper Peninsula so it was a mix of nostalgia and wonder. It was also a rare book that captured my tweens attention. We both enjoyed this very much.

Makes me want to go up north submitted by khrobinson on August 27, 2022, 3:15pm A fictional book set in a real community in the Upper Penninsula. A good read that weaves together stories of native culture and identity and it’s ongoing conflicts with law and policing in America

Disappointing submitted by A2AE on January 5, 2023, 4:22pm I wanted to like this book, and on paper it looked perfect -- YA, Michigan setting, female voice, Native author and narrator, the Obamas getting it onto Netflix. But in application it's just a very badly written and edited book.

Spoilers below.

I found the plot unforgivably irritating. The drugs were being distributed in empty pucks during high school hockey tourneys (really?!?), and the climax was badly edited (in the middle of a dramatic chase, there was a loooong paragraph detailing the importance of elders like Minnie in the community before jumping back to being literally chased by the villain). The most unforgivable part was when the main character woke up in the hospital and summarized the plot of the climax in a single sentence that was at least a half-page in length (and full of the sensationalist details that drove me crazy the first time I had to read them). Gah. I just can't with this writing that seems like it came out of a Comp 101 class.

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Printz Award - 2022



PUBLISHED
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2021.
Year Published: 2021
Description: 494 pages ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781250766564
1250766567

SUBJECTS
Crime -- Fiction.
Drugs -- Fiction.
Undercover operations -- Fiction.
Family life -- Michigan -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Ojibwe People -- Fiction.
Native Americans -- Michigan -- Fiction.
Indigenous Peoples of North America -- Fiction.
Michigan -- Fiction.