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Akata Witch
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Akata Witch
Akata Witch Series, Book 1
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Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.

Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch weaves together a heart-pounding tale of magic, mystery, and finding one's place in the world.

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    February 14, 2011
    Okorafor (The Shadow Speaker) returns with another successful tale of African magic. Although 12-year-old Sunny is Nigerian, she was born in America, and her Nigerian classmates see her as an outsider. Worse, she's an albino, an obvious target for bullies and suspected of being a ghost or a witch. Things change, however, when she has a vision of impending nuclear war. Then her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi turn out to be Leopard People—witches—and insist that she is, too. Soon Sunny discovers her spirit face ("It was her, but it felt as if it had its own separate identity, too. Her spirit face was the sun, all shiny gold and glowing with pointy rays"). Eventually, the three and an American boy named Sasha visit the dangerous, magical city of Leopard Knocks and learn from their mentors in witchcraft that they must destroy Black Hat Otokoto, a monstrous serial killer and powerful witch. Although a bit slow getting started, this tale is filled with marvels and is sure to appeal to teens whose interest in fantasy goes beyond dwarves and fairies. Ages 12–up.

  • AudioFile Magazine Nigeria and the world of the Leopard people come to life with Yetide Badaki's engaging multi-accented narration. Sunny Nwazue is Igbo and American, albino, and about to discover she is magic. Badaki smoothly switches between Sunny's and her friend Sasha's American accents and the voices of her new Nigerian friends, cheeky Chichi and solemn Orlu. Chapters start with briskly read selections from "Fast Facts for Free Agents," a guide for people like Sunny who are born of "Lambs," those without magical powers. Sunny and her friends juggle Lamb school with their lessons from magic teachers and mentors, learning to control their juju and discovering the dark side of the Leopard world. This rich fantasy is made all the better by Badaki's dynamic narration. E.E.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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