Mock Mondays: Printz Award

Hi Everyone!  Its Becky.  Welcome to Mock Monday: Printz Award.  For anyone not familiar with the Printz Award it is an award given by the American Library Association for the best example of teen literature from the previous year.  You can find more information here. Here is my selection:

Title: Firekeeper’s Daughter
Author: Angeline Boulley
Summary: Daunis Fontaine has spent her life living between two worlds. Bi-racial Daunis’s father was Ojibwe, and her mother was from the wealthiest family in the town. Daunis’s two families never fully blended. Daunis has struggled her whole life to fit into both families while trying to follow her dreams. Daunis wants to be a doctor and plans on leaving her hometown for college. However, when her maternal grandmother has a stroke Daunis, puts her family before her dreams and stays home. Daunis makes a connection with Jamie, a new member of her brother’s hockey team, and through him finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a new form of meth that may have originated on Ojibwe tribal land.

Printz Considerations: Boulley’s debut novel explores both the experience of Native Americans’ and the opioid crisis. The book presents a layered look at the lives of Native Americans and doesn’t shy away from issues such as poverty and racism. Boulley gives an honest and well-developed look at what it is like to grow as a Native American. Also, Boulley explores how drugs have impacted the countries with a focus on Native American’s living on tribal land. Boulley’s characters, especially Daunis, are expertly crafted with a strong and original narrative voice. The book is relevant and tells an important story about the Native American experience that is often ignored in the United States. This is Boulley’s first book, and it may get her noticed by the Printz Committee.

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