Title: Firekeeper’s Daughter
Author: Angeline Boulley
Audience: Young Adult
Narrator: Isabella Star LaBlanc
Length: 14 hours (496 pages)
Publisher: Henry, Holt & Co (BYR); Macmillan Audio
Release Date: March 16, 2021
Source: Libro.fm ALC
Recommended for fans of: hockey, YA mystery/thriller
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. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for 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, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.
Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.
This is a beautifully written story about the bonds that tie communities together and the secrets that can tear them apart.
The Ojibwe culture came to life in this story, exploring complex family and tribal dynamics as well as the dichotomy between personal identity and community belonging.
The mystery was fantastic, and the drug problems facing the community felt real and urgent. I also really enjoyed the role that hockey played in this story.
This is the type of YA story that is just as impactful for adult readers. The story was both heartracing and heartbreaking, and it’s the kind of book that sticks with readers long after finishing the last page.
Thank you to Libro.fm and the publisher for the ALC.