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#FridayReads: Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Firekeeper’s Daughter

Thomas Haney Secondary teacher-librarian Megan Fulgueras recommends Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day.

On this International Women’s Day, I highly recommend Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter, a young adult thriller, to readers in our district.

Daunis Fontaine, a recent high school graduate, has deep connections to both her late father’s large Ojibwe community and her mother’s small European family. Shortly after witnessing her best friend’s murder, Daunis becomes an undercover informant for the FBI. As she finds herself in extraordinary circumstances and comes to terms with the trauma she experiences, Daunis is surrounded by an amazing, supportive community of women.

Daunis’ amazing scientific mind, knowledge of Ojibwe medicine, and incredible determination make her an intriguing protagonist. Firekeeper’s Daughter explores difficult topics while engaging readers in an action-packed plot. The book itself is an example of perseverance; Angeline Boulley has noted that she spent 10 years writing this award-winning novel. 

Readers here at Thomas Haney often comment that they couldn’t put the book down. Many Thomas Haney students have read this book as part of their English First Peoples 11 curriculum in recent years. The audiobook version is available on Sora and on a portable media player for SD42 secondary students and staff to borrow.

Firekeeper’s Daughter is available in many SD42 libraries including the SD42 Aboriginal Education Library. It is also available as an audiobook on Sora.

"Firekeeper’s Daughter" by Angeline Boulley.

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