Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Book - 2011
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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!

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670011964
0670011967
Branch Call Number: YA OKORAFOR
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 22 cm.

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October 2017- there's nothing like some witchcraft for October!

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LPL_KateG Feb 24, 2015

Akata Witch is a beautiful story of camaraderie, community, and knowing your "true self." Author Nnedi Okorafor's writing drew me in from the start, and I found myself not wanting the story to end. Featuring a strong female protagonist, Akata Witch is my recommendation for readers of an... Read More »

Often described as the Nigerian answer to Harry Potter, this novel features a strong female main character who discovers she has latent magical ability. Along with her new friends, they must defeat a truly heinous bad-guy. Read this book if you want to be transported to another world!

Akata Witch is a beautiful story of camaraderie, community, and knowing your "true self." Author Nnedi Okorafor's writing drew me in from the start, and I found myself not wanting the fantastic story to end. Though this is YA, I would recommend Akata Witch for readers of all ages and ge... Read More »

Nigerian author Nnedi Okorafor offers an imaginative, fresh take on what a fantasy novel can be. She tells the story of 12-year old Sunny, who is both an albino and a “free agent” — a person with emerging magical powers. She becomes a student wizard along with three other young friends; some have... Read More »


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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.

AL_KELSEY 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.

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Jasmine A Stairs
May 15, 2017

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

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Shadylane29
Feb 08, 2017

Stunningly, imaginative experience. You'll feel connected and emotionally attached to each character you encounter is this ever lasting story. The descriptions, settings and creation of Akata Witch have made this book officially one of my favourites I've ever read. Strongly recommend!

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cmb80h
Jan 02, 2017

Get the sequel Akata warrior coming out in twenty seventeen

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LPL_Sarah
Jun 11, 2016

A 12 year old, albino, Nigerian girl discovers she's a witch. Think Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but with a creepier and darker tone right off the bat. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters and following Sunny and her friends' journey. I'm also always a fan of a strong, female, main character. Great book!

alex_m Jan 27, 2016

This book was so gripping -- it weaves diverse characters with an interesting system of magic, a vivid setting, and non-stop action. It never panders to the reader but felt like a real education into the world of the Leopard People.

I truly hope that a sequel (and more) follow soon; I inhaled this one too quickly!

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thomd
Jul 08, 2015

Wonderful world building by the author, though a bit too dense at times. Not a book you can easily put down and pick up again later. The main characters are quite similar to those in the Harry Potter books, and the ending is similar also - bad guy confrontation told all-in-a-rush. This book is part of a series also, and aimed at young adults.

This book has a strong female main character, and neither focuses on her albinism nor the setting of Nigeria. Maybe it's just me, but I found Rowling's world a bit more accessible and the supporting cast a bit more fleshed out.

Started reading aloud with my daughter, but long breaks between chapters made it very hard to follow - many questions. Read on my own in a few days made for quite an improvement. Looking forward to hearing my daughter's opinion when we finish it.

LPL_KateG Feb 24, 2015

Akata Witch is a beautiful story of camaraderie, community, and knowing your "true self." Author Nnedi Okorafor's writing drew me in from the start, and I found myself not wanting the story to end. Featuring a strong female protagonist, Akata Witch is my recommendation for readers of any age or gender who want to be transported to another world.

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artsydog
Sep 02, 2014

This was a really beautiful book. Normally, I don't read books in this setting, but this just blew me away.

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