Akata Witch

Akata WitchAkata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Published by: Viking
Release Date: 14 April 2011
Pages: 386
Genres: Diversity, Fantasy
Recommended For: Grades 7-9
Submitted by: Renata Sancken

 

Sunny Nwazue confuses people. Her parents are Nigerian, but she was born in New York. Her family has dark skin, but Sunny has albinism and has light skin. Her name is Sunny, but her skin condition means she can’t spend much time in the sun without getting burned. And since her family moved back to Nigeria, her classmates call her “akata,” which is a slang word Nigerians call foreigners.

It’s also hard to make friends because everyone in her new town is very worried about a serial killer called Black Hat Otokoto. Everyone hurries home right after school to stay safe from him. Still, Sunny finally starts making friends. Friends who are a little strange, like her. They tell Sunny that they’re Leopard People–meaning a person who can do magic–and that she is one, too. So she’s an Akata, or a foreigner, and a Leopard Person, or a witch.

 At first, this is pretty awesome. They take her to Leopard Knocks, a magical marketplace–kind of like a Nigerian Hogwarts–and start teaching her how to do juju.

 
But she and her friends have to learn fast, because it turns out that Black Hat Otokoto isn’t just a normal serial killer–which is bad enough. He’s a Leopard Person, too. And the Leopard People elders have determined that Sunny and her friends are specially destined to stop him. And if they can’t…well, let’s just say that they’re better figure it out.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okafor is a great book for fans of magical stories like Harry Potter, mythology-based stories like Percy Jackson or anyone who wants a little more magic in their life.

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