Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Part fantasy, part science fiction, this novel set in present day Nigeria chronicles the life of 12-year-old Sunny.  Sunny is albino and was born in America where she lived until she was 9-years-old, both of these cause her to be teased mercilessly at school.  She does befriend Orlu, a boy who sticks up for her against the bullies, and his neighbor Chichi, who is homeschooled.  Sunny soon discovers something Orlu and Chichi already knew, she has magical powers and can visit the spirit world (Leopard) and the human world (Lamb).  Orlu and Chichi have powers as well and they all meet Sasha when he comes from America to live with Orlu’s family.  These four young people must navigate both worlds while learning many difficult lessons.

I don’t know if a sequel is planned, but I could see the author tracing the adventures of these four adolescents for years to come.

Themes:  friendship, trust, maturity, change, parent/child relationships

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