Firekeeper’s Daughter Angeline Boulley

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.

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

The women in Ellie’s (short for Elatsoe)life  have a special power, the ability to raise the ghosts of dead animals. The animals not only come back as ghosts they can see and talk to, but the ghosts can do their bidding as well.   After Ellie’s cousin is killed unexpectedly, he appears to her in a dream.  After the dream, Ellie is positive her cousin didn’t just get in car accident, he was murdered.  With the help of her family and friends, Ellie is determined to get the bottom of what happened to her cousin.  As she starts to put the pieces together, danger creeps closer and closer to Ellie and her family.  Elatsoe, is a great mix of mystery, suspense and Indigenous folklore.

Johnny’s Pheasant

Gorgeous picture book about that moment of contact with wildness that changes us and makes us stewards of the land. Celebrate Johnny’s epiphany and then go have your own. Bendigen (Come in) to the Ojibwe world of this book.


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