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Angeline Boulley stands with her new book, “Firekeeper’s Daughter.”

NEW BUFFALO — Angeline Boulley recently released her first book, “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” to literary acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. After five weeks, it still sits at No. 2 in the Young Adult books category.

Boulley recently moved to New Buffalo from Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and originally is from Sugar Island, Mich.

Before relocating to Southwest Michigan to be a full-time author, she was director for the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

“My father is a traditional firekeeper, who strikes ceremonial fires at spiritual activities in the tribal community and ensures protocols are followed, while providing cultural teachings through stories told around the fire,” she says on her website. “He is one of my greatest teachers.”

In an email, she described her debut novel as “a mystery-thriller-coming-of-age story, as in, Indigenous Nancy Drew meets ‘21 Jump Street.’”

The book follows an 18-year-old Native girl as she reluctantly goes undercover in a police investigation on her Ojibwe reservation.

The 496-page book was published by Henry Holt & Co., and is recommended for high school-aged readers.

Higher Ground Productions – the Obamas’ production company – and Netflix are adapting the book into an original Netflix series.

For more information about her or the book, visit

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