Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1)
This is a long book. It isn't so much super-long as that it has a lot of stuff going on. I thought to myself halfway through "It is OKAY that this is so long, because maybe she decided it would be better as one long book than...more
That having been said, though, I wanted much more of Sunny in the first half of the book; instead, I thought Okorafor devoted far too much time to explaining the mechanics of the magical world Sunny has just joined. The other characters were revealed...more
I was grabbed by the statement on the inside of the jacket flap which says "Ursula K. Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones are fans of Nnedi Okorafor." I'm not sure the story quite lived up to my hopes based on that, but it is also being called "The Nigerian Harry Potter," and it's certainly that good.
The West African setting and the use of juju created an intriguing background for the story, and I enjoyed the interaction between the four kids and their adult mentors. The...more
Sunny's parents are Nigerian, but...more
In this case, the heroine is Sunny, a 12-year-old Nigerian of American background. She becomes part of the the Leopard people, a magical community rooted in African juju and tradition.
The storytelling is brisk, although the finale doesn't perhaps get t...more
Pros: Love that the story is set in Africa, with African and African American main characters, as well as an albino. Also, it goes the Percy Jackson route of explaining that what we call "learning disabilities" like ADD and dyslexia, are just bi-products of their uniqueness as magicians. The world building is fantastic. We often see magic from a European point of view and it was really cool to see this fresh take.
Cons: When I was told that...more
This book's greatest strength is definitely the worldbuilding. I loved the magic and magical community in this book; Harry Potter comparisons can be made simply because both authors have a flair for inventing vivid...more
Great character development... I fell in love with all four characters, especially Sunny. Even the mentors were well developed, so that I felt like I knew them as well as the kids did. The elements of juju remind me alot of the wizardry in Harry Potter, but the juju isn't nearly as well developed. Where Harry Potter leaves us at least somewhat understanding what happened at the end of each book (who did what and how they did it), Okorafor left me feeling at the end like I had no ide...more
What I personally love best about the novel is how well it plays on the confusion of identities that affect so many Nigerians, especially those who've split time between Nigeria and the U.S. or Europe as children. I certainly remember returning from America to Nigeria at the age of ten, after seven years abroad, and encountering hostility and ridicule as an outsider, feeling as if I didn't really belong on any of the three continents I'd calle...more
Pros: It was nice to read a book about magic-users that didn't take place in the US or UK. It seems that so many, almost too many, do when there are so many more magic-users all around the world.
Cons: It started out really well with an interesting premise and building up the world of these four Nigerian teenager magic-users, or Leopard People, very much...more
Our main character is Sunny, a twelve-year-old girl born in the U.S. but recently moved to her parents’ homeland of Nigeria. Sunny stands out in more ways than one – she’s albino, she’s a prodigy at soccer, and she’s teased at school for being an akata (literally a ‘wild animal’) because she i...more
Sunny is albino, and with her yellow/white coloring and her US background, she is an instantly recognizable target to the school bullies. (They call her "Akata", a derogatory term for an American of African descent) She is alone and sad, until one day, a bookish classmate, Orlu, walks her home.
He introduces her to another friend, Chichi, and together with yet anothe...more
Akata Witch is a young adult standalone novel by the award-winning Nnedi Okorafor. Our protagonist is twelve-year-old Sunny, who grew up in America but lives in Nigeria. Though she has West African features, Sunny is also albino, so she doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. But then Sunny meets Chichi and Orlu, and Sunny learns that there’s a whole magical community known as the Leopard People hidden in her town. Sunny – a “free agent,” a person born with magical...more
I really enjoyed this book. Okorafor's writing style is great--you can tell that this book would immediately draw in the young adult audience it is written for, even "reluctant" readers. The background and all the information on juju and Nige...more
That said, I really wish that t...more
In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.
Her YA novels include AKATA WITCH (an Amazon.com Best Bo...more