Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor
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Akata Witch


Nnedi Okorafor is a terrific writer of stories that bring African mythology and traditions into modern settings. This book is a young adult novel, first of a trilogy, bringing the mythology to an outcast American born African albino girl and her few friends. The theme may be familiar: young adults with magical abilities, known as Leopards, fighting an evil murdering sorcerer while hiding their powers from the general population, known as Lambs. Sort of Harry Potter-ish. But the setting is so different, it feels completely new and exciting, and Okorafor's prose, even for a YA novel, is simply terrific. This book was nominated for a couple of YA awards back in 2012.

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