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Firekeeper's Daughter

Written by: Angeline Boulley
Narrated by: Isabella Star LaBlanc
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Publisher's Summary

"Isabella Star LaBlanc brings an authentic-sounding narration to this powerful audiobook.... Dialogue, including words in other languages, is handled with effortless transitions and clear depictions between characters. This audiobook should not be missed." (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick

An Instant Number One New York Times Best Seller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground. 

“One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels.” (Good Morning America)

For fans of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange, Angeline Boulley's debut novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community.

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team.

Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims.

Now, as the deceptions - and deaths - keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

A 2021 Kids' Indie Next List Selection

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March Selection

An Entertainment Weekly Most Anticipated Books of 2021 Selection

A PopSugar Best March 2021 YA Book Selection

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

"The text is filled with Ojibwe phrases and traditions that Native American reader LaBlanc (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) handles with ease. Her voice is young and earnest and her fluency adds to the portrayal of Daunis.... It’s a tale filled with suspense, and LaBlanc’s sensitive reading will keep listeners plugged in." (Booklist, starred review)

"Expert narration from Isabella Star LeBlanc, a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, brings authenticity to Daunis’s joy, anger, fear, and grief while providing distinct voices for the supporting cast, including the tribal elders. LeBlanc’s captivating voice draws readers in, expressing every mundane, sweet, heartbreaking, and life-threatening moment." (School Library Journal, starred review)

©2021 Angeline Boulley (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2022

Michael L. Printz Award - Medal, 2022

Goodreads Choice Awards, 2021

School Library Best Books of the Year, 2021

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2021

NPR Best Book of the Year, 2021

YALSA William C. Morris, 2022

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Trigger Warning Please!

I really enjoyed the storyline however have a bit of trouble with the lack of a rape tw. I understand why it was used by the author but I think readers, especially those w past sexual assault experience would appreciate some sort of trigger warning before the chapter.

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Loved it

This is a horrible book to listen to while driving. Absolutely non stop tears. Honestly, I love this so much. I read the physical copy two weeks ago and couldn’t get it out of my head so I started the audio book just to dive back in.

The narration was good, story super compelling- but the language. Something about hearing the language does something. It makes the book feel so alive to have the words pronounced and spoken. I’m so excited for future books!

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HEARTSTOPPING & THOUGHT-PROVOKING

Incredible!!! This story is so important! The Indigenous culture embedded in the story is so lush and rich (and I especially appreciated hearing the language pronunciations and liked the narration overall)!

This was truly something special and I’m honoured have gotten to read this. Everyone should; it tackles so many important issues from within the Indigenous community as well as impacting external factors, all with a strong female
lead. So well done!!! Loved it!!

CW: drug addiction & abuse, death, murder, suicide, violence, loss of a loved one, racism, prejudice, rape & sexual assault (last two are not depicted).

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Brilliant!

Best book ive read in ages! Years maybe.
Im 26 but can never understand why more people dont read YA fiction.
This book was smart, emotional, showed indigenous culture and its immense power.

I couldn’t recommend it more to all ages - definitely will read again.

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Great story!!

This book was awesome. Relatable characters and truth told in a way that makes you feel part of the story. I would have love to have read this book as a young woman, but as an adult also recommend and enjoyed it.

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don't miss this one!

Phenomenal moving story and performance! Don't miss this one, I was celebrating and crying and in suspense

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Could not stop listening !!

This was an incredible book, it really brought light to what it is like to be part of a native community. I would recommend this to all adults not just young adults.

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Great book for today.

This was a very entertaining YA novel with plenty of pertinent information about Ojibwa tribal traditions. It has mystery, duplicitous characters, love stories (friend, relative and bf’s) and a very complex main character who you can’t help root for. My only complaint is the narrators pronunciation of toque; it’s toque that rhymes with spook, not toque that rhymes with coke. Great read for all teens but strong messages here for young girls.

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Beautiful narration & story!

One of the best narrations I’ve heard on audible. Very listen-able. Strong & important story from the perspective of our Anishnaabeg kin. Really loved it.

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Beautiful read highly recommended I truly enjoyed listening to the book

This was beautifully written and spoken through the audiobook I would highly recommend this audiobook

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  • 2021-03-18

Che Meegwetch

Meegwetch for telling our story as real folks instead of as an old story, for giving us a modern presence that doesn't neglect our ancestors. Your words honor all of us. 💙

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  • 2021-03-22

Beautiful groundbreaking and honest

Miigwech @angelineboulley for this beautiful novel, as a non-Indigenous reader, this book felt like a gift and I truly appreciate you sharing your Ojibwe philosophies, traditions and culture.

The Firekeeper’s Daughter is an absolute powerhouse of a debut novel. This book is so much more than a YA thriller/mystery. It is an exploration of a people that have long been depicted in literature and media as forgotten, it highlights the many injustices faced by Indigenous women particularly at a disproportionate rate.

This book does not shy away from issues such as racism, drug abuse, murder and sexual assault, but it also illustrates the beauty in community and the strength of family, heritage and what can happen when we nurture our relationships.

I am honored and grateful for the raw and openness with which the author writes about sacred traditions and ceremonies of the Anishinaabe and strength and resilience of the Anishinaabe Kwa (Ojibwe woman).

Highly recommend listening to the audiobook. This novel has already been optioned for a Netflix series by the Obamas’ Higher Ground production company.

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  • 2021-03-20

Intense

This story is intense. I love the cultural aspect and the characters seemed authentic.
Isabella Star LaBlanc as the narrator is fine. I noticed several issues with the audio as if certain words and sentences were recorded at a different time than the rest. It was a little distracting. Also, her performance got better as the story went on but, the beginning was rough. It seemed like this might be her first audiobook performance and she hadn’t found her recording voice yet.
The story itself kept me hooked. I would recommend this audio book.

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  • 2021-05-18

Family & Murder

I have a mixed opinion about this book. I loved the fact that the author included the Native American dialogue as part of the story. I also enjoyed the relationship between the family members; Daunis with her mom, grandmas, Levi and Lily. There were 2 mysteries, the murders and the drugs. Once the drug issue was solved the murders were forgotten. It’s like there was no need to solve the murders of these young girls. Because of this I gave the story a rating of 3.

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  • 2021-03-29

Incredible!

This book is so good. There is heavy subject matter, but the author strikes the right balance so it’s not a downer. Instead it’s really powerful, entertaining, educational, meaningful and impactful. I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-17

Read this book! You will be better for it.



A good book. A true story in so many ways. Living in both worlds is a possible way, done in a healthy way that can benefit our community and our world.

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  • Mrs. Christi M. Schultz
  • 2021-04-16

I wept

The strong pull for identity made me weep tears for those that have no one to belong to. The analogies and stories were wonderfully written. All young adult should read this- especially women who need to know their inner strength. A huge thank you to Angeline Boulley for sharing her story and her culture!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-22

love this book!

ok so i'm only halfway through it lol! but i had to stop and write how much i love it! this book gives voice to people who are so underrepresented in our mainstream culture. and i can't tell you what a great voice it is!!! you have to experience it for yourself. it's such a treat to spend time with these characters, and hear their stories. i want more!

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  • Jaimie H
  • 2021-05-18

Heart filling

Being Indigenous myself, this book has connected with me on so many levels. It’s a great read/listen.

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  • monica Theysohn
  • 2021-05-18

Very authentic! Very interesting!!

Loved the story! Loved the narrator! Very authentic! I learned a bit about their culture. A nice mixture of culture, mystery, suspense, plot twists, and love. I highly recommend!

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  • 2021-08-03

must read

powerful, moving, very well narrated. loved it. YA fiction but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it.