Thursday, August 04, 2011

Akata Witch By Nnedi Okorafor

A new Young  Adult novel by an interesting author "born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) parents".  This is not her first novel but the first time I've run across this author.  

My one line summary plot summary? 
"Harry Potter goes to Africa".  

Seriously, the four young teens (two girls, two boys) in this book are called on by the Leopard People to save the world.  Sunny did not even know she WAS a Leopard person.  Now she is putting her cell phone aside and joining her friends Orlu and Chichi, as well as their new American friend Sasha, to learn the juju magic necessary to defeat Black Hat Otokoto, a ritual serial killer who is preparing to call up the deepest evil.  I liked reading about life in two different cultures: modern Nigeria and the alternate, magical/spiritual reality of the Leopard People.  ~Ginny Richmond, Library Director

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