Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor

“Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.”

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy.

Number of Pages: 349.
Perspective: First.
Location: Nigeria.
Twelve-year-old Sunny is an albino living in Nigeria. She learns that she is part of the Leopard People, where her albinism helps make her magical. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I need to start off by saying that I love seeing diverse main characters and settings in children’s literature. And I love that traits that are typically perceived as strange are actually strengths in this book. That’s really the only thing I liked about this book, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. 

This is said to be the “Nigerian Harry Potter”, but halfway through, I got really bored and ready to give up. The pacing was not right. It was too much backstory for me. Which always gives me the impression that we are building up for a series (See why I hate book series here). I just want a complete story in one book! Don’t drag me along until the last few chapters of the book. Honestly, if this wasn’t for my book club, I would have dropped it as a “did not finish”. Instead, I pushed through and basically skipped the last sixty pages. 
I have to add a disclaimer that maybe I just don’t like fantasy books that much. There are only a handful of fantasy books I actually enjoyed. I know people that really loved this book, so maybe it’s just me. I think some middle schoolers and high schoolers would really enjoy this book. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“We embrace those things that make us unique or odd. For only in these things can we locate and then develop our most individual abilities.”

2/5 Stars

Do you agree? Disagree?