Akata Witch

Akata Witch

By Nnedi Okorafor

Viking Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780670011964, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2011

Description
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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. 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?



About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi s work titled, Weapons of Mass Creation, the "New York Times" called Nnedi s imagination stunning.

Nnedi saccolades includethe World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for "Who Fears Death".Her young adult novels are "Akata Witch" (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), "Zahrah the Windseeker" (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and "The Shadow Speaker" (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.


Praise For Akata Witch

"There+s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor+s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." -Ursula K. Le Guin