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Akata Witch av Nnedi Okorafor
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Akata Witch (urspr publ 2011; utgåvan 2011)

av Nnedi Okorafor

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Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
Medlem:Nnedimma
Titel:Akata Witch
Författare:Nnedi Okorafor
Info:Viking Juvenile (2011), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Akata Witch av Nnedi Okorafor (2011)

  1. 30
    Harry Potter och de vises sten av J. K. Rowling (questionablepotato, amanda4242)
    questionablepotato: I loved this book(which is admittedly better written than the HP stuff) for the same reasons I loved Harry Potter. Both books have likeable kids learning about themselves and their worlds, a vivid and unique sense of place, and really, really awesome world building.… (mer)
  2. 10
    Ikarosflickan av Helen Oyeyemi (questionablepotato)
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    AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers av Ivor W. Hartmann (goddesspt2)
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3.5 stars.

This was fun! It's been a while since I read middle grade and it was great to get to this finally after hearing so many good things. I actually thought this was written for a slightly older audience going in and I probably would have had different expectations but I did still have a good time.

The world Okorafor sets up is really compelling. This book is set in Nigeria and there is a parallel magical society that Sunny discovers she's a part of. I really enjoyed this set up and learning about this magical society alongside Sunny. The other characters she meets are also very fun. Reading this, it kind of felt like a series of little vignettes where Sunny and her friends go on little adventures together and I think that's a really good set up for this type of book.

I do wish that the big final battle felt a little bit more dramatic. It was over very quickly and I would have liked if there was more of a connection to the antagonist throughout the book rather than just close to the end. It was still an interesting lead up but I did like some of the other smaller plot points that happened earlier more than the final event.

This was a really fun book and I would consider reading book two. I also want to read Binti by this author so I will definitely reading more from her in the future. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
This book was recommended by the bookstore for one of my teens, of course, I read it instead. I am giving this five stars for Okorafor's creativity in building a new fantasy world. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
Born in the United States but living in Nigeria, twelve year old Sunny feels even more like an outsider because on top of being albino, she just discovered she has magic in her blood and spirit and is known as a Leopard. Sunny's quickly thrown into the world of Leopard people to practice and learn because her and her group of friends now must save the world.

There were many things I enjoyed about this novel - the world building that was uniquely crafted had me sitting right along side the characters. I loved that learning and knowledge is what was valued in the world of Leopards over money.

However, this book didn't 100% work for me.

The book is labeled at "YA" and maybe it's right they do so since there are some more graphic scenes and subject manner, but the voice and vibe of the book is very juvenile. It threw me off the book a bit before I realized.

I could never remember how old the children were - I could remember they were young but the way they acted were much older in my opinion. Sure, you can chop it up to being mature, but that wasn't really it either. The way they talked and interacted with each other made me keep putting them closer to fourteen or fifteen. It also doesn't help how hands off the adults seem to be in the teaching of the children. Just throw them into danger and if they come out alive, that's great - if they don't, the world will still turn.

The pacing of the book threw me off a bit too. We'd have really intense scenes that felt like they were almost glossed over and I got lost in. Others, I'd be excited to read about Sunny's lessons and they would just be summarized as what happen within the last week or month. The ending and the final fight seemed to just run up and smack me in the face and then was gone. It felt like it was missing so much.

Overall I did enjoy the book though and I will be picking up the second in the series to continue the story. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
Sunny Nwazue has always felt like a bit of an outsider. She's albino, which has not only led to her being viewed differently, but it also stops her from being able to do certain things like spending an entire afternoon out in the sun. But Sunny soon learns that she's actually special in another way--she is a "free agent" and possesses the capacity for magic. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity for her and introduces her to some new friends. But is also exposes her to some danger as well. There's someone out there taking children, a someone who just so happens to be able to use magic as well. And Sunny and her friends find themselves needing to help put a stop to it before more people go missing...

There's an interesting world created and presented within this story, though I sometimes found myself a little confused with some of the various connections between the characters. There is probably some room for a little more world building, but it's still an enjoyable and interesting read. A definite possibility for fans of fantasy adventure stories.

[Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance review copy provided by the publisher via the First to Read program.] ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
This book was absolutely stunning! The world-building was unique and complex and I appreciated the way the author incorporated aspects of Sunny's culture. I thought the fact that Sunny's identity was inextricably linked to both Nigerian and American culture added a lot to the novel. Overall, the novel was a fun and dangerous adventure and Sunny's journey to develop her powers and find her place in the world was captivating. ( )
  TheBiasedBibliophile | Aug 16, 2021 |
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"Akata Witch" is a much-needed addition to the many titles featuring Caucasian protagonists — one that will appeal to readers who are interested in foreign cultures, tradition and beliefs, or those who live between cultures themselves.
 

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Here, in the new venture, the extraordinary, the magical, the wonderful, and even the strange come out of the ordinary and the familiar.

--Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
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To Sandra Marume, the spunky Igbo girl with the sharp tongue and mysterious ways, who just happened to be albino.

It's been awhile, but I hope I captured you well.

And to my mother, who was terrified of masquerades as a kid and still is.  This book dances with them.  Enjoy.
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I've always been fascinated by candles.  (prologue)
The moment Sunny walked into the school yard, people started pointing.  (Chapter 1)
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Her dumb brothers never cooked. She didn't think they even knew how! A human being who needs food to live but cannot prepare that food to eat? Pathetic.
So there you have it. All you need to know to get started. As I have repeated incessantly throughout this book, there is no direction you can turn that does not face you toward certain death.
The only way you can earn chittim [money] is by learning. The more you learn, the more chittim you earn. Knowledge is the center of all things.
People are too focused on money. It's supposed to be a tool, not the prize to be won.
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