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 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 12+
Akata Witch was a compelling and well-written story! Please note that the sequel, Akata Warrior, has a graphic description of torture during initiation into a "confraternity", including severe beating, pulling out a tooth, and cutting somebody's hand.
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

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