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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The focus is on adventure, but the book does include elements of Nigerian culture. It also provides a glossary and discussion of Pidgin English, which is a label for a style of communication between groups of people who don't share a language.
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Positive Role Models
Onyeka is stressed out about her hair, which has superheroic powers. She's desperate to find her missing father.
Onyeka and the other main characters are all Nigerian, and the story is based in Nigerian culture.
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Violence & Scariness
Superhero punch-ups; no bloodshed.
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One or two uses of "hell" and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun is author Tolá Okogwu's superhero adventure based in Nigerian culture that combines X-Men-like adventures with Nigerian folklore. Expect superhero confrontations and action violence, but there's no bloodshed, and nothing gets too graphic.There are a couple of uses of "hell" and "damn," but no sex or substance use.
Is It Any Good?
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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