Thursday, 12 January 2017

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is an Albino girl who just wants to fit in at school and be able to play soccer. Bullied for the way she looks, and unable to go in the sun without an umbrella, Sunny tends to stand out of the crowd, even if sometimes she just wishes she could blend in to it.

But one day something amazing happens. With the help of two kids in her neighbourhood she discovers that she has juju magic running through her veins. Can she learn to control her power and defeat the evil forces at work? Will she make friends, and be able to balance her everyday life with her magical one?

Akata Witch was pitched to me as ‘Harry Potter, with a Hermione type lead, but set in Nigeria’, and while that was enough to gain my interest, it does not do this wonderful book justice. This is a book about a girl displaced.  Trying to keep her strict parents happy, while not angering her bad-tempered father; then finally discovering that she belongs in a world of magic, only to feel like she is constantly falling behind the other Leopard People (witches and wizards) because they were raised in it, whereas she is new. But she never gives up. Sunny is smart, hard working and determined, and I spent the whole book wishing that she was my friend.

A beautiful diverse YA book that I would recommend for any reader – not just the teenaged one.

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Catalogue link: Akata Witch

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