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 puts her future on hold to care for her mother after a health emergency. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, a charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team—but she senses he might be hiding something. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she’s thrust into the FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. She reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. As the search for truth becomes more complicated, 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.
Angeline Boulley will be in conversation with YA author Courtney Summers.
Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel.
Courtney Summers is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels including Sadie, This Is Not a Test, and The Project. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, receiving numerous awards and honors—including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the White Pine award, the Odyssey Award and the Audie Award—and has enjoyed recognition on many library, state, 'Best Of', and Readers' Choice lists. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times, is the founder of #ToTheGirls, and was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30. She lives and writes in Canada.
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