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Akata Warrior
Contributor(s): Okorafor, Nnedi
ISBN: 067078561X     ISBN-13: 9780670785612
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: A sequel to Akata Witch finds a marginalized but increasingly powerful Sunny chosen to lead a dangerous mission to stop an apocalyptic plot by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Supernatural; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Secret societies; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016055398
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.50" (1.35 lbs) 477 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 192537
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 16.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72308
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 25.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work, the New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning.” Nnedi has received the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award, among others, for her novels. Her fans include Rick Riordan, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Ursula K. Le Guin among others.

Nnedi Okorafor holds a PhD in English and is a professor at SUNY Buffalo. She divides her time between Buffalo and the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her daughter. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter @nnedi.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Sunny (Akata Witch) survives separation from her spirit face because her visions guide her coven to where the living and spirit worlds coincide; there Sunny can take on supernatural Ekwensu before she destroys the earth. Sunny grows stronger physically and emotionally in this volume. The West African mythological foundation of this contemporary Nigeriaset fantasy series will satisfy fans of Okorafor's signature brand of magic. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #5)
Ekwensu, the supernatural "masquerade" whom Sunny and her coven defeated in the first installment in this contemporary Nigeria-set fantasy series (Akata Witch, rev. 5/11), is pushing back through into this world, and when she does, she ruthlessly rips Sunny's spirit face away from her. Separated from their spirit faces, most Leopard People would die, but Sunny's visions of a city of smoke guide her and her coven to a place in Lagos where the living world and the wilderness (the spirit world) coincide. There Sunny and her now-independent spirit face, the ancient spirit Anyanwu, can take on Ekwensu before she destroys the earth. Although the plot reaches its destination by a circuitous route, each episode works on its own, and the detours do eventually tie into the story arc. Sunny, who endures discrimination because of her albinism, grows stronger physically and emotionally in this volume, showing off new soccer skills and choosing to break Leopard Society rules for a greater purpose. Reader assumptions about Nigeria will be broadened by details showing, yes, traditional ceremonies but also flat-screen TVs, while the centuries-old (but-still-new-to-most-readers) West African mythological foundation will satisfy fans eager for more of Okorafor's signature brand of magic. anita l. burkam Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 7 Up—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

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.