Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Book - 2011
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Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670011964
Characteristics: 349 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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WCCLS_WebTeam Oct 04, 2018

This is a fun read and gives a great perspective on being different. It has all the elements of great sci-fi/fantasy with enough twists to keep you going.

KatieD_KCMO Aug 08, 2018

I enjoyed this book for all the same reasons others have stated, but I was somewhat disappointed in how the plot dropped off at the end. It's underdeveloped. The climax of the book came in the second to last chapter and It seemed rushed. I still plan on reading the sequel Akata Warrior because I want to see how the story ends (or continues).

ArapahoeScarlett Mar 17, 2018

This is a wonderful book with an imaginative, colorful setting. It's definitely worth a read for anyone looking for something different than your average fantasy. With its basis in African folklore and culture, the narrative is striking and engaging. However, the heroine does face a great deal of sexism, and perpetuates some herself. With that caveat, still very much worth the read!

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 03, 2018

It's easy to draw parallels between the magic of Akata Witch and the Wizard World of Harry Potter, so this is perfect if you're a fan of the latter. Nnedi Okorafor's writing style is simplistic, though her ideas are grand. A fab choice if you're looking to add a little fantasy to your life.

TechLibrarian Dec 30, 2017

Imaginative, adventurous, and a bit different--I really enjoyed this book, even as someone who does not read much young adult literature. It's pretty wholesome (hardly any swearing, a bit of smooching, minimal violence) but engrossing nonetheless. As it's set in Nigeria, readers are transported to another place/culture, though I'm sure anyone can relate to Sunny, a teen who encounters both the usual challenges associated with being a teen, and also some supernatural battles. This book is about discovering who you are what your strengths are, and overcoming whatever stands in your way. It's a pretty easy read, but also smart and fun!

Nov 28, 2017

I enjoyed this book so much. The characters reminded me of my childhood friends. An the imagery that the author brought forth, was incredible. I felt as if I was in Africa and and wanted so badly to be apart of the characters adventure. What really impressed me about this book was the fact that the four main characters each have strengths and stories of their own. I can easily see theme each having a book or so written about them. the research for areas, descriptions of clothing and dialect within that region came across so real. As if I could smell and touch the place without even being there. I can't wait to read the next book.

Nov 24, 2017

Love this book is a page turner.

KateHillier Oct 05, 2017

This was such fun and so very refreshingly different from "child finds out they have magical powers and now has to go to school or learn about them in some formalized way." The way 12 year Sunny finds out, is initiated, and navigates her new abilities and her family life and her own education is such a treat to read. As is typical with Nnedi Okorafor's previous works it's very accessible and just captivating.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

The premise for this book seemed incredibly interesting, and the story has a strong female character, but I had a really difficult time getting into the book. I loved the magic, and the setting in Nigeria, but I felt like it took a really long time to get to the problem the young witches have to solve.

Jasmine A Stairs
May 15, 2017

I think this is the best school story I have ever read.

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Nov 28, 2017

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Nov 28, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This could be a little frightening. So warning before you read.


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