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Firekeeper's Daughter by [Angeline Boulley]

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"Keep the Secret. Live the Lie. Earn Your Truth."
"I Began as a Secret. And then a scandal."

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Gr 9 Up—This fast-paced debut crime thriller will keep readers on edge until the final chapters. For all of her life, Daunis Fontaine has straddled two worlds, that of her white mother's family and that of her Native father's. Daunis splits her time between her home near the Canadian border and the nearby Ojibwe reservation. After the death of her beloved uncle and an injury that ends her college and Olympic hockey dreams, Daunis is preparing to begin classes at the local college with her best friend, Lily. Her plans shift dramatically after she witnesses Lily's murder. Daunis becomes an informant for the FBI about a new meth superdrug with connections to the reservation. As she digs deep into both her communities, she unravels dark secrets that some are willing to kill to keep buried. She also struggles to maintain the fake relationship she begins with the newest hockey recruit, and undercover agent, as their feelings transform into something real. Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, deftly weaves tribal information into the multiple mysteries, providing background knowledge that explains not only justice and jurisdiction but also cultural traditions relating to daily life, celebrations, and grief. 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. VERDICT The multiple languages spoken by characters in this book are best heard spoken aloud, making this a must-buy audiobook for any high school or public library.—Courtney Pentland, Omaha, NE --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B085MW27CD
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (March 16, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3575 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 489 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0861540905
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and emotional to the end
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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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