Nnedi Okorafor 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.
Sequel to Akata Witch.
JLG Release: Dec 2017
Awards & Honors
The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2017, Young Adult
Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Fiction Older Readers
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
Fans of Akata Witch will fall again for the wondrously intriguing fantasy world in modern-day Nigeria in this imaginative sequel. Ekwensu, the evil spirit that Sunny, now 13, and her leopard society friends defeated in the previous book has returned. He severs Sunny’s connection to her spirit face Anyanwu, a [STARRED REVIEW]
Fans of Akata Witch will fall again for the wondrously intriguing fantasy world in modern-day Nigeria in this imaginative sequel. Ekwensu, the evil spirit that Sunny, now 13, and her leopard society friends defeated in the previous book has returned. He severs Sunny’s connection to her spirit face Anyanwu, and without it, Sunny feels lost and unsure of herself. The fact that the severing did not kill her means that the vision that she saw a year ago of a fiery apocalypse may come true. The prevalence of oil spills caused by companies in the Niger Delta makes the threat of a massive fire all too real. To restore Sunny’s spirit face, she and the others must find the giant spider spirit Udide, ask it to spin a flying grasscutter (a van-sized rodentlike creature) for them, then fly it to the city of Osisi in Lagos to prevent the world’s end. The magic in Sunny’s world is not always kind or gentle, and the punishment for breaking the rules can be brutal. This, alongside the novel’s portrayal of contemporary Nigeria with its cuisine, multiethnic groups speaking many languages, economic inequality between social classes, and threats against albinos, will make readers believe that this magical world could really exist. The story has playful elements too, like Grashcoatah the grasscutter and Sunny’s wasp artist. VERDICT Don’t miss this beautifully written fantasy that seamlessly weaves inventive juju with contemporary Nigerian culture and history.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5; Points: 16;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.3; Points: 25;