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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
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Oct 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, ya, not-graphic

It seems much fantasy is (often rightly) accused of being derivative of either Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or, more recently, Rowling’s Harry Potter books. That can’t be said of this one. True, the protagonist is a young teen who has just discovered she belongs in a world of hidden magic and has become a student learning to tap her potential, but there are no wizards, wands, swords, elves, goblins, dwarves, or any of the other things we’re familiar with from the usual fantasy books. That’s because Sunny is Nigerian and a little American, and she’s just learned she’s one of the Leopard People who travel the spirit world, practice juju, and much more. Now, with the help of her new friends, she’s attempting to learn the ins and outs of the Leopard People world and figure out the nature of her powers and how to use them. Set in Africa, this is an original and exciting story full of exploration, tension, tradition, imagination, and real life.
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