Parents' Guide to

Firekeeper's Daughter

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Native American teen vs. meth cartel in riveting thriller.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

Great book not for kids

It’s a beautifully written story that I have really enjoyed reading. However, I do feel that 14 is way to young for the topics of sex, drugs, and murder. The book freely talks about casual sex, meth, and violence. Where I understand that in the lives of some teens this is common place, it’s just not for everyone. I would use caution when letting younger teens read this book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
4 people found this helpful.
age 16+

One of best books I've read in a long time

I am 70, and didn't know this was considered a "young adult" book. It gave me so many insights and enhanced my understanding of my First American friends and their journeys. Amazing book for all ages.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (2):

First-time novelist Angeline Boulley delivers tour de force tale of meth, murder, and cultural identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with complex situations and nuanced characters full of surprises. Torn between two cultures -- her late dad's, on the reservation, and her mom's wealthy family -- 18-year-old Daunis is coming to terms with who she is and what it means to be Firekeeper's Daughter. Going undercover to bring down a meth cartel calls on character strengths she didn't know she had, and also puts her in mortal danger in a page-turning thriller in which it's not at all clear what, or who, to believe -- and in which not everyone has the true friends and loving family that keep Daunis in their hearts.

At the funeral of a friend who'd fallen into drug addiction in the wake of a sports injury in the past, Daunis recalls, "Robin and I ended up at War Memorial Hospital. Auntie was with me because Mom couldn't handle seeing me in pain. When my aunt looked at the prescription the new doctor had written for me, she handed it back. I'm not giving oxycodone to my sixteen-year-old niece. The doctor puffed up in indignation. I assure you, it's safe for short-term use. Auntie wasn't having it, telling me, Girl, you're sticking with Tylenol and ginigiinige tea. Is that how it started for Robin? A ten-day prescription for oxycodone and no hypervigilant auntie? Maybe her parents believed the doctor about it being safe."

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