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Firekeeper's Daughter (2021)

av Angeline Boulley

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Amazing. So good. Narration perfect. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
Firekeeper's Daughter , a well-written novel, successfully places the reader in a Native American modern environment.

People talk about diverse novels a lot. Sometimes, a book merely consists of friends being white, black, brown, whatever, and it's considered diverse. While I agree books should reflect real life where we have friends of many color, I also feel that a truly diverse book teaches me about a culture naturally. The references to culture exist within the story as it does in life instead of placed in where the book is obviously saying, "Hey--look, I'm pointing out my diversity here." What makes this novel better arises from its ability to place you in the Ojibwe culture.

Daunis Fontaine's parents tragically fell in love, but they could never be together because her father belongs to the Ojibwe tribe and her mother comes from one of the wealthiest families in town who didn't approve of their daughter spending time with this tribesman. Daunis, therefore, fits in neither world perfectly. Looking forward to a new start, Daunis plans to leave for college until her grandmother ends up in a facility, unable to take care of herself as she approaches the end of her life. Daunis can't leave her anxiety-ridden mother to shoulder the responsibility alone. Daunis decides to attend a local college with her best friend Lily.

Daunis surrounds herself with her culture. She feels responsible for her mother and works to keep mom's anxiety level low, visiting her grandmother every morning after her run. Daunis also runs defense for her best friend who has broken up with her drug-addicted boyfriend. She feels close to her half-brother, Levi, who watches out for her even though she doesn't need it. She's more than capable of taking care of herself. They also have a close-knit set of friends from hockey. Daunis and Levi are amazing hockey players, although Daunis no longer plays.

Jamie, a new hockey player, arrives and every girl is smitten. Levi asks Daunis to show him the ropes because he has a girlfriend and he knows she won't attack him. Of course, Jamie and Daunis find they are drawn to each other, especially when they have to pretend to be boyfriend/girlfriend. A lot of reservation kids have been injured from a bad drug. There's an investigation to discover who is making and distributing the drug. Daunis feels highly motivated to help and agrees to work undercover with Jamie to discover who the drug makers and dealers are. As the novel progresses, more and more information reveals Daunis's past with her family and friends and why she no longer plays hockey.

I ordered this novel for our middle school library because two teachers requested it. I find it to be high school level--not that we don't have some really good readers who will like it. It's reviewed for ages 14+. As we have 15 year old students on campus, this novel is geared to our older students. The novel discusses drug addiction as well as distributing and manufacturing drugs. it doesn't tell one how to do it, rest assured. Perhaps the most mature part of the novel comes with the role of the women. The statistics used represent a woman's life within a reservation, so it's not all women. Of course, what happens to these women happens to women around the world from all socio-economics status and in regards to all colors. Sex and rape are referenced within the context of this community. In essence, this novel requires a mature reader who understands the novel represents life on a reservation and it's a fictional story about tracking down bad people who do not seem to care that their product causes people to die. It's all about the money! It's well-done and has a good message. ( )
  acargile | Aug 22, 2021 |
“I take pride in the spectacular beauty of this place. [They] are here to investigate something horrible. To shine a light on the bad things. That’s not the entirety of our story.”

Angeline Boulley’s debut YA novel FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is without a doubt worth every ounce of the hype that it’s receiving. A contemporary thriller set in Sault Ste. Marie, MI amongst the Ojibwe community, FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a gripping, immersive exploration of the modern Native experience, generational trauma, tensions between the US government and Indigenous communities, and what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman).

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine is biracial, born to a wealthy white mother and an Ojibwe father. While she is deeply connected to her Native heritage, she is an unenrolled member of her tribe and has never felt like she quite fits in in either world. When a family tragedy puts her college plans on hold, Daunis stays home to help care for her emotionally fragile mother. To get by, she relies on her best friend Lily and her Ojibwe community. That is, until a charming but mysterious new recruit on her brother’s hockey team arrives and ushers in a change to life as she knows it.

After witnessing a horrific act of violence, Daunis reluctantly agrees to help the FBI investigate a series of drug-related deaths in order to help protect her community. Secretly pursing her own investigation, she quickly realizes that the lines between loyalty, truth, and deception aren’t as clear as she’d once thought.

FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a necessary story with all-too-real reflections of violence against Native people — Native women in particular. FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is about trauma, and loss, and injustice. But it is also a celebration of family, friendship, Ojibwe culture, and the strength that can be found in community.

CW: racism, addiction, substance abuse, gun violence, sexual assault, murder, suicide ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
I picked up this book because a good friend of mine is Ojibwe. Daunice is an 18 year old who has just graduated from high school. In the last few months, her uncle died, her maternal grandmother has a stroke, and as everyone knows, bad things happen in threes and she is just waiting for the third thing to happen when it does. Daunice is bi-racial, her father is an Ojibwe Firekeeper, and her mother was from a rich white family. She works to learn about her Ojibwe heritage, even though her father is not on her birth certificate and she is unable to enroll in the tribe. We see many different aspects of Native American Ojibwe traditions, with Pow Wows, with funerals, with dancing. I enjoyed the journey that this book took me on, and I would recommend this book to high school level and above.
  bauerlj73 | Jul 17, 2021 |
Daunis lives in the Upper Peninsula in the U.S. version of Saint Sault Marie, where she feels strong connections with the Ojibwe side of her family, although she is of mixed heritage. Hockey is the major focus there: Daunis was a star player, playing on the high school boys team, and her brother is the star of the team's town, the Supes. After witnessing her best friend killed by her estranged boyfriend, who then commits suicide, she is recruited as a C.I. by the FBI operation, posing as the girlfriend of any agent, who have moved to town as a hockey player. Boulley's book looks into many divisive issues, racism (against Native Americans and among each other), sexism, double standards for sports stars as well as the damaging effects of poverty, drug use, especially for Native Americans. I found the early part of the book very slow, but it picked up as the book progressed, and I liked the mysticism and respect for the tribal Elders. Striking, memorable cover art. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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