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Read for a Lifetime 2022-2023 List: Firekeeper’s Daughter

Illinois Center for the Book Reading Program

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About the Book

496 Pages As a biracial tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation.  Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for 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, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something.  Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.  Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine.  But the descriptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.  Now Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known. 

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