Akata Witch

Book review by Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Imaginative story of U.S. albino finding magic in Nigeria.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 12+

Loved it!

I really liked this book and shared it with my 12 year old fantasy fan. She loved it too. Akata Witch is Part 1 of what is intended to be a trilogy. Part 2 is out: Akata Warrior. This book has great world building, good characters. I liked the Afrocentric magic system - good change of pace from the eurocentric magic systems that dominate a lot of US fantasy. I always give bonus points for having a great, POC young heroine to save the day. The serial killer plot may be too much for young readers sensitive to violent themes, but my 12 year old was fine with it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 14+

Great read but NOT suitable for younger children at all!

I bought this for my nine year old having heard it was like "a Nigerian Harry Potter". In fact, in a lot of ways it is — better in parts, arguably. However, when the book arrived I saw it had a serial killer in it, so I thought I'd read it first. So glad I did — book is fab up until about page 80 or so and then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, appears a graphic depiction of the murder and mutilation of a young child! The mutilations continue and I decided it was in no way suitable for my son, and also that I couldn't really read it to him and just bowdlerise it as the grusome fates of the children (not the main characters, but still) are integral to the plot. I did finish it — in fact it's something of a page turner — which is why it's a shame it won't be suitable for my child for at least another five years or so. I would definitely recommend it to teens who are used to some of the violence in the likes of the Hunger Games but I think even saying 12+ is pushing it a bit tbh.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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