SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— Best-selling author Angeline Boulley was dropping her mother off at a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday morning when her phone alerted her that TIME magazine had named her book, Firekeeper’s Daughter, to its Best Young Adult Books of All-Time list.

“I’m still speechless, so the next time you interview me, I will be much more articulate,” Boulley, a tribal citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, told Native News Online Thursday morning.

Want more Native News? Get the free daily newsletter today.

Firekeeper’s Daughter is the first book by Boulley, who previously worked for the U.S. Dept. of Education in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Michigan to be closer to her aging parents. Released in March 2021, it made the New York Times best seller list during the first week of April.

TIME describes the book as “part thriller, part romance and part examination of Indigenous identity.”

“Boulley’s forceful and thought-provoking debut questions many of the tropes around policing that often appear in the crime genre,” TIME writes.

“I think the public was primed and ready for a thriller that provides a glimpse into Indigenous identity,” Boulley said. 

Boulley posted this message on her Facebook page: “Ummm…this happened today. My debut novel FIREKEEPER’S DAUGHTER was named by TIME magazine as one of the Best YA Books of All Time. My book is #100 because it’s the most recently released and the list is in chronological order.”

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment is proud of Boulley’s success and said this to Native News Online:

“Angeline is my beshik natawiss - my first cousin. She is the hardest working, most genuine person I know so I am not surprised at her success. She is also an educational leader who has dedicated her life to Indian education. As Chairperson of our tribe, it is with great respect that I congratulate her on her current success and wait in anticipation of her small screen adaptation and her next book.”

Firekeeper’s Daughter has been optioned by the Obamas’ production company to be adapted into a Netflix series.

Read TIME’s article.

More Stories Like This

Here's What's Going on in Indian Country: Dec. 09 — Dec 15
NAMA Winners Buffalo Weavers Spread Message of Unity, Climate Healing
CASTING CALL: Do You Want to Play Jim Thorpe in an Upcoming Feature Film?
Here's What’s Going On in Indian Country: Dec. 1 —Dec. 8
Five More Native Americans Who Shaped Culture

Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news? 

For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $25 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Levi Rickert
Author: Levi RickertEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the founder, publisher and editor of Native News Online. Rickert was awarded Best Column 2021 Native Media Award for the print/online category by the Native American Journalists Association. He serves on the advisory board of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association. He can be reached at [email protected]