Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780142420911
Branch Call Number: TEEN F OKO
Characteristics: 349 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 15, 2019

This book really brings to light how different we all are, and that imperfections just make you better. If you enjoy books that involve fantasy and adventure, it is a must read. Imagine that The Hunger Games had a baby with Harry Potter.

Jun 16, 2019

If you like Harry Potter, this is a very similar story and there are many one-to-one comparisons. This is a diverse book read, so if you are dying to step away from a fantasy stories centered on a white male in a European country, this is a fantastic choice. You will not regret it! The audio book is also highly recommended! #PACL2019

IndyPL_JosephL Mar 28, 2019

A fantastic look at the kinds magical fantasy you might see in an entirely different culture from the standard British/European fantasies, specifically the juju magic of Nigeria, Africa, and even some African American traditions. With this twist and the book's focus on the strong female character of the albino Sunny Nwazue, this is a delight to read. What's especially interesting, though, is the way the book sets itself apart from but still reads and flows much like the Harry Potter series.

IndyPL_DeandraW Mar 04, 2019

This magical, fantasy filled book was a great read. You feel a deep connection with the main character Sunny, as she embarks on a journey in finding who she is and what her purpose is. This book teaches you that although you may be different or look different, there is always something extraordinary about you and that sometimes your best friends can help bring out your greatest strengths. I highly recommend this book to those that love to read about magical and mysterious adventures with intriguing characters!

Jan 10, 2019

Sunny Nwazue was born in the US but lives in Nigeria but with her Nigerian-born parents and older brothers. She is an albino. She is picked on at school and doesn't fit in. When a classmate comes to her defense, they become friends and it leads her to some new discoveries about herself, her friends, and the world around her: Sunny has latent magical power.

I was not sure about this book initially. Witches are not my thing usually, but I loved it. It is very close to a 5-star book to me. I felt like sometimes the characters played too much to types, but otherwise it was so much fun. Great teen fantasy that introduces you to another culture. Not so teen that adults can't enjoy it too.

WCCLS_WebTeam Oct 04, 2018

This is a fun read and gives a great perspective on being different. It has all the elements of great sci-fi/fantasy with enough twists to keep you going.

KatieD_KCMO Aug 08, 2018

I enjoyed this book for all the same reasons others have stated, but I was somewhat disappointed in how the plot dropped off at the end. It's underdeveloped. The climax of the book came in the second to last chapter and It seemed rushed. I still plan on reading the sequel Akata Warrior because I want to see how the story ends (or continues).

ArapahoeScarlett Mar 17, 2018

This is a wonderful book with an imaginative, colorful setting. It's definitely worth a read for anyone looking for something different than your average fantasy. With its basis in African folklore and culture, the narrative is striking and engaging. However, the heroine does face a great deal of sexism, and perpetuates some herself. With that caveat, still very much worth the read!

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 03, 2018

It's easy to draw parallels between the magic of Akata Witch and the Wizard World of Harry Potter, so this is perfect if you're a fan of the latter. Nnedi Okorafor's writing style is simplistic, though her ideas are grand. A fab choice if you're looking to add a little fantasy to your life.

TechLibrarian Dec 30, 2017

Imaginative, adventurous, and a bit different--I really enjoyed this book, even as someone who does not read much young adult literature. It's pretty wholesome (hardly any swearing, a bit of smooching, minimal violence) but engrossing nonetheless. As it's set in Nigeria, readers are transported to another place/culture, though I'm sure anyone can relate to Sunny, a teen who encounters both the usual challenges associated with being a teen, and also some supernatural battles. This book is about discovering who you are what your strengths are, and overcoming whatever stands in your way. It's a pretty easy read, but also smart and fun!

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
IndyPL_JosephL Mar 28, 2019

IndyPL_JosephL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Nov 28, 2017

Natashastales thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

SCCLD LIBRARIANS FOR TEENS thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


Add Notices
Nov 28, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This could be a little frightening. So warning before you read.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top