Very fun middle grade

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This is a very fun book that includes lots of great lessons but doesn't beat the reader over the head with them. I'm obviously not the target audience, but I'll read anything/everything Nnedi Okorafor writes, so I had to pick this up. And I certainly wasn't disappointed. The way this novel deals with superhero fantasies becoming a reality (via a particularly Nigerian version of African juju) and how one tween boy has to deal with the semi-realistic ramifications of super-strength and power was very engaging, and, again, it seemed like it would teach younger readers useful lessons about power dynamics, power imbalances, the problematic appeal of violence, and ways to control emotions in healthy ways. I also appreciated the way the novel emphasized that justice isn't a fully binary/straightforward endeavor and that the 'bad guys' aren't always who/what they seem.