Thanks to Dini @ Dini Panda Reads, I’m adding Goodreads Monday to my weekly meme schedule, and I’m excited to do this one. This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it.
Warrior Girl Unearthed
by Angeline Boulley
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: May 2, 2023
Genre: YA Mystery
From the New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter comes a thrilling YA mystery about a Native teen who must find a way to bring an ancestor home to her tribe.
Perry Firekeeper-Birch was ready for her Summer of Slack but instead, after a fender bender that was entirely not her fault, she’s stuck working to pay back her Auntie Daunis for repairs to the Jeep.
Thankfully she has the other outcasts of the summer program, Team Misfit Toys, and even her twin sister Pauline. Together they ace obstacle courses, plan vigils for missing women in the community, and make sure summer doesn’t feel so lost after all.
But when she attends a meeting at a local university, Perry learns about the “Warrior Girl”, an ancestor whose bones and knife are stored in the museum archives, and everything changes. Perry has to return Warrior Girl to her tribe. Determined to help, she learns all she can about NAGPRA, the federal law that allows tribes to request the return of ancestral remains and sacred items. The university has been using legal loopholes to hold onto Warrior Girl and twelve other Anishinaabe ancestors’ remains, and Perry and the Misfits won’t let it go on any longer.
Using all of their skills and resources, the Misfits realize a heist is the only way to bring back the stolen artifacts and remains for good. But there is more to this repatriation than meets the eye as more women disappear and Pauline’s perfectionism takes a turn for the worse. As secrets and mysteries unfurl, Perry and the Misfits must fight to find a way to make things right – for the ancestors and for their community.
I really enjoyed Firekeeper’s Daughter and I’m really glad that we get another novel from Boulley! That’s really one of the main reasons why I want to read this one. Plus it’s pretty much in the same world – and from what I heard we may get an appearance from Daunis, the main character in Firekeeper’s Daughter who I adored so much, so I’m always down for seeing familiar faces in other books.
I mean after all.. Auntie Daunis is in the description but how much she is actually in the book? I can’t tell but it’s okay. I’m still curious about how this is going to go, especially since this seems to be a little further in the future than the previous book.
For one, it’s really interesting that this book seems to be only from Perry’s point of view, which I am grateful for since we don’t want to have Perry and Pauline always together just because they are twins. But I am also curious to see what kind of issues they will have… or at least differences of opinions. Will they be on the same side of things or are they going to have a fight about it? Or a disagreement? I’m worried about my girls now that I think about it.
It’s like the more I think about it, the more I’m actually worried about what is going to happen. And this isn’t even including the missing women from the community, because you know that there’s going to be something with this. The heist part too? Oh gosh, this is going to be intense… but I’m also really excited about that part.
Who else has this book on their radar? Are you as excited and worried to read it as I am? Let’s talk about it!
2 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday | Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley”
This book was really good. I read an arc recently and I liked it as much as Firekeeper’s Daughter.
I’ve never heard of it. But I might check it out!