Akata Witch (Prebound)
Four teens with magical abilities, untrained but powerful; a mystical society that functions within the regular world, not openly but with great impact; a mystical being who was trained within the rules of the Leopard Society but who has gone bad, really bad, and needs to be dealt with; and elders who must hand off this task to kids despite its danger. Yes, it sounds familiar, but this is not Harry Potter; rather, it is a coming of age story, a story about friendships, determining who you are and how you will be, about standing up to what is wrong with what has come before. It is, in other words, what makes an incredible young adult book, and this one is indeed incredible. One of my favorite books this year!— Linda
Affectionately dubbed "the Nigerian Harry Potter," Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.
Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing--she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
Ursula K. Le Guin and John Green are Nnedi Okorafor fans. As soon as you start reading Akata Witch, you will be, too
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor (nnedi.com) is the first black woman to win the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She has also received Hugo and Nebula Awards. Born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents, and raised in both countries, she holds a Ph.D in English and is a professor at SUNY Buffalo. She divides her time between Buffalo and the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her daughter Anyaugo (Anya). Nnedi's work has been published both in Africa and the United States, and ranges from early chapter books to adult short stories and longer fiction.