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Akata Witch

Akata Witch Series, Book 1
Written by: Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. 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 in. 

And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of 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 well-versed in powerful juju?

©2017 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2018 Tantor

What the critics say

"Nnedi Okorafor is opening doors into strange and beautiful new worlds. Her heroes are beguiling, her magic firmly rooted in real places and real things. Rich, mysterious, and convincing, Akata Witch takes fantasy in a haunting new direction." (Jonathan Stroud, New York Times best-selling author of The Bartimaeus Trilogy)

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YESYESYESYESYESYESYES

FINALLY. A book about witches that is about the arcane and the strange, spoken in hushed tones. I love it. I'm only a couple of hours in but it's so so good so far. If you're not as much a fan of a slow build be patient because it gets super great <3 Will 1000% recommend to anyone who will listen :D

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So so so good!

This story is everything a person could want from a fun, adventurous YA fantasy novel and then so much more.
The characters are irresistible. The world they live in is rich and detailed and keeps you on your toes. The writing is smart and engaging. The narrator is fantastic.
Plus - a story about magic that isn't set in Europe or the US!!
The sequel is also amazing. I can't wait for more.

The reviewer who said they wanted a movie is totally right - that would be spectacular.

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an African Harry Potter!

loved it so much! I'm ready for the movie franchise with the costumes designed by the costume designer of Black Panther!

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  • 2018-04-26

imaginative!

Harry Potter like, but set in Nigeria. Plot moved at a great pace and the narrator was EXCELLENT. So nice to have someone who pronounces names and reflects accents properly.

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  • 2018-07-05

A truly amazing story.

The story already stands out, but the voice actor brought it vividly to life. This is a story worth listening to repeatedly.

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  • D. Isaak
  • 2018-09-11

Not Harry Potter

This isn't anything like Harry Potter with the exception of underage magic. I think the author set out to make her own story come alive (which she has done beautifully) but this story definately should not have been compared to Harry Potter. That being said I thought it taught wonderful life lessons, introduced a whole new world of Sunny and et. company, and I enjoyed the book, mostly. Will definately pick up the sequel, Akata Warrior.

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  • Elizabeth Darrow
  • 2019-02-23

Review of 'Akata Witch' Audiobook

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator's performance was also phenomenal! The read felt easy and quick because it was so entertaining.

My only problem has nothing to do with this production but with Okorafor's choice to sort of make an ableist assertion within the story. It is a scene in which the protagonist reads a guidebook that explains that people like me who are medicated for ADHD are actually magical geniuses and this disability is a power. I wish Okorafor had avoided the continuation of this assumption. There are other moments I won't give away in which the author seems to imply that disabled persons are inherently magical.

On a good note, I appreciate that her story combats many sexist tropes. I appreciate how much not only female characters, but female (including matriarchal ideas) empowerment occurs as a driving plot point.

Last, I am glad to have found another audiobook that along with Laurie Forrest and Deborah Harkness fulfills three requirements I currently have for preferred audiobooks. It is a story of a magical female protagonist, written by a female, and performed by a female. Thank you to all the artists who collaborated to create this beautiful production!!

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  • Julia
  • 2018-11-12

Better for kids

The magic system seemed a little off and the fact that these kids were sent to fight a murderer was ridiculous. Like, they even asked a couple of times why they were being sent and never really got a good answer.

The pacing was also really off. It spends most of the book as an "outsider learning magic for the first time" book and then they're sent to fight a serial killer AND the demon he wants to release. And then it gets resolved so quickly. I just wish the plots had been integrated better.

#magic #nigeria #kidsbook #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Angela N. Harris
  • 2018-08-18

Good story but....

climax fell flat. The book was building to the ultimate showdown and it just ended. It left that feeling "That's it?"

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  • Ruth Nielsen
  • 2018-08-02

Just ok...not great-

I bought this book because I loved the Bindi series by the same author (5 star review) and was hoping for something as good. Even though the story line itself was intriguing, the telling felt flat and disjointed. This is for a younger audience, but that alone wouldn’t affect my enjoyment. The ingredients were there for a good read with magic (“juju”) and friendship and personal growth- but it seemed rushed and very superficial. The narrator was a bit erratic too as it seemed she couldn’t decide which accent to give to which character and the voices bounced around. This is a series but I won’t be listening to anymore of them - it’s not horrible - just not that good.

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  • Vanessa
  • 2018-06-13

beautiful.

womanhood, ancestral knowledge, walking your own path. so powerful. I love everything nnedi okorafor does. I'm ready for the tv series!!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Cecil Otieno
  • 2018-06-07

Very Descrptive Narration.

The performance was well done. The narrator was good at changing accents, making it easy and interesting to picture the characters. The book has a wonderful setting and uses it paint to paint hope and strength for Sunny who seems to be an outcast. Wonderful read.

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  • Adrienne
  • 2018-08-14

Great Potential, but.....

This is my second (technically 4th, if you count each Benti book seperately) attempt at Okorafor's work. And again I am left feeling like there was so much more left on the table than what I paid for.

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