Panther Reads

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley


Charlie Goins

Dr. Lela Crowder reads “Firekeepers Daughter” by Angeline Bouley, the book club’s pick for the month of March. This book is perfect for the upcoming break, whether you are sitting on the beach or hanging out at home.

Charlie Goins, Staff Writer

English teacher Dr. Lela Crowder just finished reading “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. The book club chose to read this for the month of March, picked because of its popularity in the media and the Native American author

“It’s really interesting because it’s not something you read every day,” Crowder said.

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” is about a Native American girl who is asked to help the FBI with an investigation involving drugs in her community. 

“I really hope she writes some more to see what else she has from this Native American perspective,” Crowder said.

Boulley was raised in Michigan in “Bahweting,” which means “the place of the rapids.” She is currently a member of the tribe of Chippewa Indians in Sault Ste. Marie. “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” her debut novel, received much deserved recognition by the media. It was added to Time Magazine’s list of 100 best young adult books, and also won the 2022 Michael L. Printz Award.   

“This one [had universal ideas] in its problems,” Crowder said. “Maybe not everybody has a meth lab in their backyard, but people definitely have concerns in their community and how you are going to deal with it.”

This book is currently being adapted into a limited series by Netflix, releasing this spring. It will be directed by Raja Gosnell. 

“I hope this lady writes some more because she was interesting; it’s one of those books that has some things that could be improved, but you also can’t get it out of your head,” Crowder said.

If you need a good book to read while lounging on the beach during spring break, “Firekeeper’s Daughter” is sure to keep you entertained.