Everything you need to understand or teach Power by Linda Hogan.
Power was published in 1998, and is the story of sixteen-year-old Omishto, her strained relationship with her mother and stepfather, and her closeness to her relative Ama.
Omishto is visiting Ama the day a hurricane hits. She and Ama survive the storm, but afterwards Ama feels a mysterious compulsion to track an endangered Florida panther, and Omishto feels equally compelled to accompany her. The aftermath of their encounter with the panther is painful for everyone, but Omishto learns how to deal better with her biological family, and she also grows closer to the few tribal elders who are left at Kili, their place above the swamp.