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Dr. Shelly Shaffer is Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Education at Eastern Washington University. She co-edited the book Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom (Shaffer, Rumohr-Voskuil, & Bickmore, 2019) focused on teaching strategies for addressing (and talking about) gun violence. In addition, she has written several book chapters focusing on pedagogy related to YA literature in secondary ELA, social studies, math, and science classrooms. She teaches YA literature to preservice and MED students, and her current scholarly interests are teaching Young Adult Literature, research in the teaching of YAL, critical literacy, YA literature in the content area, and reading motivation.
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
This book is about an 18 year-old woman named Daunis Fontaine. She is an amazing hockey player and proud Native American. She has a little bit of a complicated family life that unfolds throughout the story. She is on a journey to find some answers on a recent scandal going on in her hometown while working with a man who she doesn’t really know all that well, yet she starts to fall in love with. This is a very well written story that provides a lot of good insight on the Ojibwe Native American culture. It includes traditions, rituals, stories, and examples of the Ojibwe community of Native Americans. Angeline Boulley is a very clever author that demonstrates the best ways of keeping a reader on their toes while leaving questions open for some wonder and thought. She portrays Daunis really well and all of the characters throughout the book. She makes sure to include all of the important aspects to a great story.