The Akata Books

Finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

The term “Leopard person” is a West African coinage, derived from the Efik term “ekpe,” or “leopard.”

All people of true mystical ability are Leopard people.

Akata Witch

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Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. She looks West African, but is so sensitive to the sun (due to her albinism) that she can’t play soccer during the day. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

Then she learns why.

Her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi reveal that they have magical abilities- and so does she. Sunny is a “free agents,” overflowing with latent power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Orlu and Chichi have been working with their teacher for years. Sunny needs a crash course in magical history, spells, juju, shape-shifting and dimensional travel. Her new world is a secret from her family, but it’s well worth all of the silence, exhaustion and sneaking around.

Still, there is a dark side. After she’s found her footing, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and their American friend Sasha are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a criminal. Not just a run-of-the-mill bad guy. A real-life hardcore serial killer-with abilities far stronger than theirs.

Akata Warrior

Release date: November 7, 2017

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, a 12-year-old American born girl raised mostly in Nigeria, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society, began developing her magical powers, and, as if this weren’t enough, was chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu.

Now, stronger, feistier and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and unlocking the secrets of the living script in her strange Nsibidi book. Then a monster tries to drag her into a lake and this is only the beginning of her troubles. Eventually, Sunny must confront her destiny and with the support of her Leopard Society member friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face Anyanwu, journey to the mysteries town of Osisi to fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, merges real images of Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior is a compelling tale that mixes culture, fantasy, history and magic into a unique blend that will keep readers spellbound


The Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (finalist)

An 2011 Best Book of the Year

A YALSA 2011 Best Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection


“AKATA WARRIOR IS AMAZING! The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novels I have ever read!”
-Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of books for all ages
“If you’re tiring of knights, dragons and Merlin-type wizards and are interested in exploring a fresh and different world of magic, try Akata Witch. It’s jam-packed with mythological wonders.”
-Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and films
“Akata Witch is a spectacular tale of a young woman coming to power in a truly global environment.”
-Ms Magazine
“The book is similar in theme to many other coming-of-age fantasies, but the details are distinctly African, the language unrushed and elegant.”
-The Los Angeles Times
“Started reading Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor on the plane ride home. All I can say so far is YES.”
-Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark)
“Akata Witch reminds young readers that neither fantasy heroes nor Western nations have a guaranteed “special destiny,” but it also celebrates the shared adventure of everyday life on our planet.”
-The Brooklyn Rail
“Nnedi Okorafor is opening doors into strange and beautiful new worlds. Her heroes are beguiling, her magic firmly rooted in real places and real things. Rich, mysterious and convincing, AKATA WITCH takes fantasy in a haunting new direction.”
-Jonathan Stroud, author of the Bartimaeus series
“Okorafor’s fantastic tale unfolds against the vivid backdrop of Nigeria, a melting pot of culture clash, of the Leopard people vs. the Lambs, of tradition vs. "modern" ways, of community vs. greed. She skillfully weaves a tale of adolescents’ search to belong with a tradition of African magic and a memorable portrait gallery of characters for a most thrilling and different murder mystery.”
-The Buffalo News (New York)