I am truly honored to participate in the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of this phenomenal novel. I was absolutely captivated and spellbound by Nnedi Okorafor’s brilliant storytelling. If you haven’t read this book yet, I sincerely recommend that you do before its highly-anticipated sequel, Akata Warrior, comes out on October 3rd.
About Akata Witch
World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor weaves together a story of magic, mystery, and finding one’s place in the world–for fans of Ursula Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones.
I paired Akata Witch with this Leopard’s Leap Shiraz, both because the secret magical society in this book is made up of those known as the Leopard People, but also because Sunny must take a tremendous leap of faith to leave the life she knows behind and embark on a dangerous and unknown adventure.
I’ve heard this book referred to as the “Nigerian Harry Potter.” And after reading it, I can certainly understand why. This book is the most magical and immersive middle grade novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, since the Harry Potter series. I was absolutely captivated and mesmerized by Nnedi Okorafor’s world building, character development, and story telling.
Nnedi’s prose, while lovely, also contains this enchanting humor that will prove wildly entertaining for readers of all ages.
The four main characters Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha are an absolute delight. They have such powerful voices and maintain a genuinely youthful playfulness while being forced into the position of becoming their world’s last hope against the evil that seeks to destroy it.
Nnedi incorporated some incredible themes throughout this novel. The adult Leopard People (magical people in this society) trust in these children to save their world. They demonstrate faith in the capabilities and intelligence of the youth in their society, something I truly would love to see more of in our own world.
I also loved the fact that Nnedi took things that would be considered physical oddities in our world and turned them into something that would give these children special abilities in the Leopard world. For example, Sunny is albino, which causes her to made fun of and ridiculed by her peers and others in the human world, but gives her a very special and powerful gift in the Leopard world.
This is definitely a book that deserves to be read widely and celebrated as the literary gem that it truly is. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, AKATA WARRIOR, which will be released in October of this year!
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi’s books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com.
Enter the Giveaway!
Don’t Forget to Add Akata Warrior to Your Fall TBR!
A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.
Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.
Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
Follow the Blog Tour!
Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to check out all the amazing blog posts on the schedule below!
Have you read Akata Witch yet? Will you be reading it before Akata Warrior comes out in the fall? What are some of your favorite, magical MG novels?