What The Director Is Reading

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley.
Winner of the Printz Award for best teen fiction of the year, this thriller features part-Obijwe native Daunis Fontaine, newly graduated from high school and about to start college in the fall.  When a brutal murder-suicide thrusts her into the midst of an FBI investigation into drug dealers and fatally laced drugs in her community, Daunis becomes an informant and a detective. Against the backdrop of modern day native life mixed with the pull of high level hockey, this book will draw you in and shock and educate you.  Daunis is a complex character, standing between two worlds and trying to do the right thing for her people. While its edges are definitely dark, anyone who likes a good mystery/thriller will be kept glued to the pages.