Zahrah the Windseeker (Hardcover)
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In the northern Ooni Kingdom, fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal girl — she grows her own flora computer, has mirrors sewn onto her clothes, and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki, Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, isn’t afraid of her, even when something unusual begins happening — something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The two friends investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari’s life is threatened. Zahrah must face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different.
In this exciting debut novel by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, things aren’t always what they seem — monkeys tell fortunes, plants offer wisdom, and a teenage girl is the only one who stands a chance at saving her best friend’s life.
Zahrah the Windseeker is a tale of friendship, self-realisation, courage and adventure. Zahrah is at first ashamed of her special powers. Yet when she has to travel into the forbidden jungle in search of an antidote to save her best friend’s life, Zahrah discovers and embraces the strength and courage that lie within her.
A work of magic realism, Zahrah the Windseeker is remarkable in its originality and imaginativeness. Okorafor skillfully explores local myths about dada children, talking animals and the supernatural realm. The result is a captivating piece of fiction, which both adults and young readers will appreciate and a tale of friendship, self-realisation, courage and adventure.
Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and a professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon.
She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois.
Learn more about Nnedi at Nnedi.com.