Akata Witch
Akata Witch
Akata Witch
Nnedi Okorafor
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! 

Book Details


  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Akata Witch is about a Nigerian girl named Sunny. Sunny never was normal. Shes albino, so she looks like a foreigner, truthfully is Nigerian, sounds slightly American, and feels like a complete freak. Her classmates call her Akata, a vicious word designed to hit her where it hurts. When she makes some new friends, however, a new world is opened up to her; a world of juju, or tribal magic. Normal becomes a completely relative term. She teams up with 3 other kids like her, Sasha, Chichi, Orlu, and learns about the universe of the Leopard People, the juju users.

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