Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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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. 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?


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Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents. She holds a Ph.D. in English and is a professor at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of and finalist for many awards.
Published April 14, 2011 by Viking Children's. 369 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Though Sunny's initiative is thin—she is pushed into most of her choices by her friends and by Leopard adults—the worldbuilding for Leopard society is stellar, packed with details that will enthrall readers bored with the same old magical worlds.

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The protagonist at the center of the young-adult novel "Akata Witch" lives in many worlds.

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Common Sense Media

Readers might be tempted to compare the Leopard People’s magical village of Leopard Knocks to Diagon Alley and the Zuma Festival to the Quidditch World Cup, but beyond these surface similarities to the Harry Potter series, the world and society of the Leopard People is truly unique.

Apr 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Akata Witch

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Susan Carpenter Parenthetical 4 of 5 Stars "Nigeria, an African country, is portrayed as a place where normal people live out their lives--not crushingly impoverished people, not people in a war zone, but kids and adults who go to school and have jobs and cell phones.

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By Beverly Jackson • Aug 29th, 2011 • Category: Book Review 2011 • Email This Post • Print This Post In Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, 12 year-old Sunny is trying to find her fit in the world based on who she is as a person, but is challenged by how others see her.

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The story makes it clear that even the magical Leopard People can succumb to a hunger for wealth and power, but I love the idea that someone, somewhere, is trying to run a society where knowledge is wealth.

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