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Firekeeper's Daughter (2021)

di Angeline Boulley

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Daunis Fontaine has never been considered as a member of her tribe because her mother is white, but she has learned the ways of the elders and has practiced her tribe's customs all of her life. As the new hockey season begins, Jamie joins her brother's team and seems interested in dating Daunis. However, Jamie isn't who Daunis thinks he is because she finds out that he and his "uncle" are actually undercover agents trying to unearth a meth ring operating on the reservation. When Daunis's best friend is murdered right in front of her, she agrees to join the investigation as a confidential informant and as Jamie's "girlfriend." Secrets and lies lead to devastating information that changes Daunis's life forever.

Fire Keeper's Daughter is labeled as a young adult novel, but should be listed as new adult due to the overwhelmingly adult content including kidnapping, sex, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, and murder. Even though the mystery and romance are engaging, the story seems overloaded with details, slowing down the pace of the book. While the characters are well developed, the number of characters makes it difficult to follow along at times. Overall, Fire Keeper's Daughter is a well written book with more elements than necessary to make it an excellent story. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
Daunis Fontaine is 18 and preparing for college with her best friend Lily in 2004. She's a white and Ojibwe woman who's unenrolled because her well-to-do grandparents refused to put her father on her birth certificate, and her identity is complicated by her constant bridging of two cultures. When meth production (and addiction) threatens her community, FBI investigators ask her to be a confidential informant, leaving Daunis feeling even more in-between than usual while she navigates trying to help them and lying to her family to do it.

This was SO good. I loved Daunis and her narration as she digs into the mystery and debates how much to trust the mysterious Jamie Johnson, dealing with grief and loss in her family, and so much more. The author herself is an enrolled member of a Sault Ste. Marie tribe, and knows the area she's describing intimately. The complexity of the characters and their community is especially well done, and the investigation becomes riveting in the end as Daunis gets closer to solving who's behind the meth. The story ends in a satisfying way but I thought it left the possibility of a sequel open, and if there is one I will be on the library holds list ASAP. ( )
  bell7 | Oct 4, 2021 |
Narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc. Daunis Fontaine is half Ojibwe (on her father's side) and half white. Daunis is an outsider in several ways: being mixed, not an enrolled member of the tribe, and her beloved white grandmother is wealthy. Still, she is close to friends and family from the tribe, visits with the elders at the senior center, and is knowledgeable about her Native culture. As meth becomes a serious issue in the community, Daunis is recruited by the FBI to be a confidential informant. It's a tricky role to play: Daunis cares about the well-being of her community but the FBI way of doing things doesn't align with tribal values. Further complicating things, she finds herself falling for one of the agents on the case. The character of Daunis is refreshingly bold and balanced: a confident, college-bound young woman who is a STEM nerd and hockey star while keeping her values grounded with the tribe. The plot feels like there is a whole lot happening and at times it's slow, but the cultural authenticity and Daunis' character are strong points. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Sep 30, 2021 |
Trigger Warning(s): Meth addiction, murder, grief, mourning, kidnapping, mention of drug overdose

The Fire Keeper's Daughter is about a young woman, Daunis Fontaine, who, after witnessing a murder, goes undercover for the FBI to expose those trafficking drugs into the Ojibwe community. Even though she never truly felt like she belonged, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she'll go to protect her community.

Oh wow, this is definitely moving into my Top 10 favorite book list for sure! I know it took me a bit longer to read than when I devour other books I love, but besides a few things happening in my personal life, I felt like this book deserved reading and fully understanding. Angeline Boulley writes about Native American culture and heritage, and because there are simply far too little stories being told by and about Native Americans, I felt like it deserves all the attention I could give it to fully understand. This book shines a light on Anishinaabe people and issues that they, and many other Indigenous communities will see themselves reflected in.

I was hooked on this novel within the first few pages - something about the way Boulley wrote Daunis' voice and narrative really caught me. And it stayed that way through the entire novel. This will be one I will be revisiting for sure and one that I will be recommending to everyone I know as well.

I would say this to be a New YA crime fiction. It has elements of YA in it, but also of Adult Fiction as well (hence the New YA part). Don't let the YA part of it scare you away though! This is something I would suggest going into it as blind as you can, regardless of your age. Like I said before, I'm going to be shoving it in as many people's hands as I possibly can.

*Thank you Bookish First and Henry Holt and Company for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
Amazing. So good. Narration perfect. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Angeline Boulleyautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Breitenfeld, KathleenProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Deas, RichProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lunham, MosesImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
McMillian, MichelleDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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