Akata Witch – by Nnedi Okorafor

by Nnedi Okorafor

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 this author
Nnedi Okorafor (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor. Also previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu) is a novelist known for her complex characters and weaving Nigerian cultures and settings into speculative narratives.In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.Her YA novels include AKATA WITCH (just released from Penguin Books), ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), THE SHADOW SPEAKER (winner of the CBS Parallax Award) and LONG JUJU MAN (winner of the Macmillan Prize for Africa).Her adult novel, WHO FEARS DEATH was the winner of the RT Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Scien…moreNnedi Okorafor (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor. Also previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu) is a novelist known for her complex characters and weaving Nigerian cultures and settings into speculative narratives.In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.Her YA novels include AKATA WITCH (just released from Penguin Books), ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), THE SHADOW SPEAKER (winner of the CBS Parallax Award) and LONG JUJU MAN (winner of the Macmillan Prize for Africa).

Her adult novel, WHO FEARS DEATH was the winner of the RT Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Science Fiction and a Nebula Award nominee.

Her chapter book IRIDESSA AND THE FIRE-BELLIED DRAGON FROG (Disney Press) is scheduled for release in 2012. Okorafor is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. Visit Nnedi at nnedi.com.

Her short fiction has appeared in publications including Clarkesworld, Tor.com, The Way of the Wizard, Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier, Mojo Conjure Stories, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, Seeds of Change, Strange Horizons, So Long Been Dreaming and many more


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