Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Weight: 420 g
The characters are fantastic and unique and the story line is beyond intriguing, compelling, and wonderfully complex.
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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