Parents' Guide to

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girl's hair gives her super powers in fun adventure.

Book Tolá Okogwu Fantasy 2022
Onyeka and the Academy of the SunBook Cover

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Nigerian Student Superheroes!

This is a great book for late tweens and teens. Onyeka is a good role model for kids to learn to believe in themselves and grow in confidence. Good dialogue and exciting action without much violence. The students at the school Onyeka attends are taught self defense, so there was a bloody nose at one point. No substance use and I don't recall any swearing. Male and female students are friends, but no one is dating. Interesting superpowers and compelling characters, set in Nigeria. Two thumbs up, from my teen and me.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Mutants appear in many cultures, and this lively superhero saga offers a fresh twist on the subject. Newcomer Tolá Okogwu may follow the Marvel Comic playbook a little too closely, but she adds enough Africa-based action to keep things interesting. Onyeka is a likable main character -- energetic one moment, contemplative the next. The action scenes are well choreographed, and the supporting cast is intriguing. Onyeka ends with a shocking revelation, and readers will be eager to read the next volume in this exciting series.

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