Book Review for Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Set in Ste Sault Marie, 18 year old biracial and unenrolled Daunis never felt she felt in at home or on the Ojibwe reserve. She’s smart, enjoys hockey, spends time with her best friend, and is getting ready to go to college. She gets caught up in an investigation to root out the source of drugs poisoning people on the reserve.
This is a stunning debut novel, encompassing a coming of age story, a thriller, a romance, and heartfelt realities of life.
Daunis is an interesting character, trying so hard to find her place in the world while doing what is best for her community and her family – and herself. She is curious, smart, and passionate, which certainly drew me in.
The author shows how lucrative and destructive drugs can be on a community, as well as the hope of coming together to move past the abuse and addiction.
I also enjoyed the glimpse into the culture and traditions of the Ojibwe culture on the reserve. Daunis is proud of her heritage and works to learn and maintain her values, which, in turn, generously teaches them to us.
Even though this book is classified as YA, I think it will appeal to a far wider audience, with it’s compelling story, characters that grab our hearts, exploration of social issues, and introduction to Ojibwe culture. I can see why there is so much buzz about this book.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing cover!
TW: rape, murder, suicide, abuse, addiction, drugs
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
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