Blog Tour: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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Blog Tour: Akata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforAkata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
Published by Speak on July 11th 2017
Pages: 349

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she's finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?

Welcome to a very special edition of Book Buzzin’ here at What Sarah Read. What makes today’s installment so exciting? Not only am I part of this amazing blog tour but I’m sharing all the epic details about a book that was first published five whole years ago. “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor just got  a fresh cover redesign and a whole LOT OF BUZZ for its re-release on July 11th! Yes, that’s the same Nnedi Okorafor whose book “Who Fears Death” was just optioned by HBO with George R.R. Martin serving as Executive Producer!!

“Akata Witch” was pitched to me as a “Nigerian Harry Potter” and you better believe, I was immediately intrigued. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to see if it lives up to that reputation, but it’s pretty safe to say I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the blog tour hosted by Penguin Teen! So, my friends, keep reading for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about “Akata WItch”…and more! Pssssst…there may be a giveaway if you read to the very end!

What’s the buzz…

  • First of all, no big deal but RICK RIORDAN(!!!) had this to say…

  • Janine from Dear Author says ” I found Akata Witch absorbing and entertaining, and I eagerly await the October release of its sequel, Akata Warrior.”
  • Chantel from My Jamaican Vignettes says that readers who “…enjoy fantasy, magic and African speculative fiction, this book will also be an engaging read.”
  • Kirkus Reviews says “…the world building for Leopard society is stellar, packed with details that will enthrall readers bored with the same old magical worlds.”
  •  Our friends at Penguin Teen put a post together that has EVERYTHING you’d ever want to know about “Akata Witch”!
  • Last but not least, I LOVE this fanboy review from The Boy Who Cried Books…his enthusiasm is infectious!

If you’re looking for a little something to give you a feel for this MAGICAL TALE, I just so happened to create this
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July 17 – An AfroBoricua Reads – Review

July 18 – YA and Wine – Review & Wine Pairing

July 19 – A Page With A View – Top 10 Books for HP Fans

July 20 – NovelKnight – The Sorting Hat

July 21 – YA Wednesdays – Fashion Inspired by Akata Witch

July 24 – Wandering Bark Books – Spotlight

July 25 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

July 26Dazzled by Books – Review

July 27What Sarah Read

July 28Alexa Loves Books – Review

July 31Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

August 1The YA Book Traveler

August 2Once Upon a Twilight – Spotlight

August 3Books 4 Your Kids

August 4Hollywood News SourceAkata Witch Excerpt


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) sets that include the paperback of AKATA WITCH and a galley of AKATA WARRIOR (ARV: $10.99 each). 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on July 17th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 7, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about August 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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About Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website,

One comment for “Blog Tour: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

  1. This series sounds so interesting! I’m definitely going to have to check it out! Any fantasy book that has great diversity is a definite add for me.

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