Announcing Markham Reads 2021 Winner: Firekeeper’s Daughter

This year, you voted online on the book you thought the entire City of Markham should read. The book that received the most votes this year is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley! Congratulations! 

Join us this summer as we read this book and celebrate it with programs, giveaways, and more! 

The Book: 

As a biracial, unenrolled 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 deceptions—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.

Borrow it here! 

The Author: 

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel, and was an instant #1 NYT Bestseller.

Find out more about upcoming programs: 

Keep an eye on our Markham Reads page to sign up for our upcoming programs - we have book discussions, lectures from visiting professors, and art demonstrations coming up soon. We have a whole summer's-worth of content coming your way - so get ready, and put a hold on your copy of Firekeeper's Daughter today. Happy reading!