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 is one bold, uncompromising and elegantly crafted debut.
--Courtney Summers, New York Times-bestselling author of
Intricate and moving. Boulley takes the reader on an incredible journey with the assurance of a veteran novelist. --Tochi Onyebuchi, award-winning author of Beasts Made of Night and Riot Baby "A rare and mesmerizing work that blends the power of a vibrant tradition with the aches and energy of today's America. This book will leave you breathless!" --Francisco X. Stork, acclaimed author of Marcelo in the Real World and Illegal
A crime suspense fiction [with] a lot of layers, Indigenous culture, and it's really beautifully written. --Georgia Hardstark, co-host of My Favorite Murder podcast [An] absolute powerhouse of a debut. --NPR
"Another YA novel that's absolutely page-turning required reading for adults...Our heroine is so smart, so thoughtful, and so good." --Glamour Raw and moving. . . Boulley has crafted a nuanced and refreshing protagonist. --Cosmopolitan Sure to be on one of the year's best YA novels --POPSUGAR A gorgeous insight into Anishinaabe culture and a page-turning YA thriller with a healthy dose of romance thrown in, Firekeeper's Daughter hits all of the right notes. --Hypable Immersive and enthralling, Firekeeper's Daughter plunges the reader into a community and a landscape enriched by a profound spiritual tradition. Full of huge characters and spellbinding scenes, it gives a fascinating insight into life on and off the reservation, with Daunis as a tough and resourceful heroine through every vicissitude. --Financial Times
Hitting hard when it comes to issues such as citizenship, language revitalization, and the corrosive presence of drugs on Native communities, this novel will long stand in the hearts of both Native and non-Native audiences. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Though Firekeeper's Daughter contains gripping action sequences and gasp-inducing twists, it's Daunis' mission of self-discovery, which begins as a low and steady growl and grows to a fierce, proud roar, that has the most impact... Though it both shocks and thrills, in the end, what leaves you breathless is Firekeeper's Daughter's blazing heart. --BookPage, Starred Review Boulley, herself an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, writes from a place of love for her community and shares some key teachings from her culture, even mixing languages within the context of the story. She doesn't shy away from or sugar-coat the very real circumstances that plague reservations across the country, and she tackles these through her biracial hero who gets involved in the criminal investigation into the corruption that led to this pain. An incredible thriller, not to be missed. --Booklist, Starred Review This suspenseful upper-YA novel will keep readers wondering who Daunis can trust. --Horn Book, Starred Review A suspenseful tale filled with Ojibwe knowledge, hockey, and the politics of status. --Kirkus Reviews A character-driven crime thriller packed with Ojibwe culture and high-stakes tension with themes of identity, trust, and resilience. --School Library Journal
A perfectly calibrated pace and a constantly shifting list of suspects keep the tension high. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books