Book Review by Aarene Storms: Akata Witch

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review by Aarene Storms
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in America. Her parents are Nigerian, but Sunny is an albino. She feels that she doesn't fit in, no matter where she goes ... but after she sees a vision of the world's end, she learns that there is a reason for all of her differences: Sunny has magic, and lots of it. She is a Leopard Person, born with powerful juju ... and only she and her friends will be able to stop the mysterious criminal Blackhat Otokoto.

Does it sound like Harry Potter in Africa? It kind of reads that way, too ... but the similarities do not detract from a ripping good story. Great characters, terrific setting (both the real world of modern Nigeria and the magical world of Leopard Knocks), and excellent action sequences. 

No cussing, a few kisses, and some magical violence. This book stands alone, but there is clearly room for a sequel (or a series). 

Recommended ages 12 to adult. 


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