Title: Firekeeper's Daughter
By: Angeline Boulley
Call #: Fiction Boull.A
In this YA thriller with a Native teen at its center, Firekeepers Daughters opens upon a small Canadian town over the border from the U.S., embedded with indigenous culture, yet still discriminatory and separate, and above all a small town hiding dark secrets. Daunis, a fierce hockey player, sister and friend, bridges the divide in her own family between white and Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman). After making tough decisions to choose family over her college careers after a series of tragedies, Daunis finds a bright spot in charming Jaime, a new to town hockey star. All is not as it seems however, when she witnesses a tragic murder, discovers the depth of drug use and trafficking in her town, and reluctantly joins the FBI as an undercover source.
Drawing on her connections in town and her Ojibwe knowledge, Daunis slowly begins uncovering secrets of the small town, secrets she begins to wish she did not know. But she presses on for the sake of helping her community despite impending danger. As the threats and death count grows, Daunis must dig deep into the heart of what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe and survive, despite all the odds stacked against her.
Tags: Indigenous, thriller, YA