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The Ikenga gives Nnamdi awesome powers - but can he learn to control them?

Ikenga

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Nnedi Okorafor's first novel for middle grade readers introduces a boy who can access superpowers with the help of the magical Ikenga.

Nnamdi's father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a magical object that enables superpowers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?

Award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed for her Akata novels, introduces a new and engaging hero in her first novel for middle grade readers set against a richly textured background of contemporary Nigeria.

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Author

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is the daughter of Nigerian-born (Igbo) parents. She grew up in the Chicago area, with frequent trips back to Nigeria. There she absorbed the history and mythology that infuse her works of science fiction and fantasy. She has received the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award for her work, and her fans include Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Ursula Le Guin. Ms. Okorafor holds a PhD in English. She lives with her daughter in the suburbs of Chicago.

Book Details

Publisher Penguin Teen
Genre Middle Grade
Publication Date Aug 18 2020
ISBN 9780593113523

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May 28 2020 – 12:51 AM

Liked it!

I really loved the mix of cultures in this book, I really loved the diversity of the cast and how...

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May 26 2020 – 07:58 PM

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