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Firekeeper's Daughter: The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller Hardcover – 1 June 2021

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  • Publisher : Rock the Boat (1 June 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1786079046
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1786079046
  • Reading age : 12 years and up
  • Dimensions : 13.5 x 4 x 21.6 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 1,198 ratings

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‘This fat, satisfying novel ably conveys a sense of place and nuanced, complex feeling; it’s both an interrogation of racist misogyny and a swift-paced, compelling thriller.’

-- Guardian

‘A superb book; a story that grips like a bulldog clip on your heart, a breathtaking, heart-winning thriller. I kept thinking about Daunis long after the final page.’ 

-- Katherine Rundell, author of The Good Thieves

'Raw and moving, the intricacies of family loyalty and who comes first are deftly and sensitively explored. Firekeeper's Daughter sensitively touches on crimes and lack of accountability against indigenous women in the Native American community and identity. Boulley has crafted a nuanced and refreshing protagonist.'

-- Cosmopolitan

 ‘Both thrilling and heartwrenching, with twists and turns I didn't see coming.’

-- Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars

Immersive and enthrallingFirekeeper’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

‘In this momentous YA debut, Angeline Boulley pulls from her Ojibwe background to craft her incredible protagonist.’

-- Elle, Best of 2021

'Firekeeper's Daughter is a gripping and unforgettable story of family, community and identity told through the eyes of a protagonist so powerfully realised on the page, you'll swear you can hear her heart beat. Daunis Fontaine is a force to be reckoned with – and so is Angeline Boulley. This is one bold, uncompromising and elegantly crafted debut.'

-- Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

'Intricate and moving. Boulley takes the reader on an incredible journey with the assurance of a veteran novelist.'

-- Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night

'What do you get when you combine Tommy Orange, Angie Thomas, and Tomi Adeyemi? This genre-bending new YA thriller.'

Entertainment Weekly

‘One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels.’

-- Good Morning America

'A rare and mesmerising 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, author of Marcelo in the Real World

'Beautifully crafted and filled with super sleuthing, Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley is one of our most anticipated reads of 2021.'

-- Fierce Reads

‘Sharp turns and charming characters... 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

‘Angeline Boulley’s remarkable debut young adult novel is an edge-of-the-seat crime thriller that will leave young and not-so young readers in awe of the power of modern storytelling... A big, satisfying read... Although Firekeeper’s Daughter twists and turns with riveting plot developments and revelations, it is Daunis’ journey that drives the story along to its dramatic conclusion.’

-- South China Morning Post

‘Boulley doesn’t overwhelm the reader with detail but leads the way through the intricacies and connections – immersing, not superimposing… The plot weaves, ducks and dives, but always convincingly and always a mixture of the beliefs and customs of the Ojibwe and of white American culture… The reader is detective and observer, placed at the heart of Daunis’ moral dilemmas and the dangers she finds herself in.’

-- Books for Keeps

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A thrilling coming of age story about a young Native American woman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Firekeeper Shines with Resilience & Hope
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firekeeper Shines with Resilience & Hope
Reviewed in Canada on 20 March 2021
What a journey I’ve been on in this book. It was hard to put down and I often found myself engaged into the story longer than I meant to be - causing late meals and late bedtimes! I’ve learned so much. This book weaves in Indigenous culture & traditions, a crime mystery, and the strength of women. While I do love a good crime novel, it is the way Angeline Boulley shines a light to educating the reader about Indigenous communities, culture, language and traditions. While the book also reveals the negative effects colonization has had in Indigenous communities, resilience and hope is strong in Boulley’s words and through the story of Daunis, the young Firekeeper. I am a white settler and a teacher in Canada, on Treaty 4, and while the book’s setting is in an Indigenous community in the US, the learning and unlearning that I experienced in reading this novel is one that I’ll take with me in my community and into my classrooms. I’ll be sitting with what I’ve read and I’ll definitely be reading this book again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enlightening
Reviewed in Germany on 6 May 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great teachings !
Reviewed in Canada on 18 April 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
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