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My Writing and Reading Life Nnedi Okorafor Author of Akata Warrior

My Writing and Reading Life: Nnedi Okorafor, Author of Akata Warrior

The Children’s Book Review | October 17, 2017

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.

I write because…

I need to see what happens next.

I read because…

I need to see what happens next.

My latest published book is…

Akata Warrior.

I wrote this book because…

I needed to see what happened next.

Best moment…

When I won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Lagos, Nigeria. When my name was announced my family jumped up screaming and suddenly I was being shoved to a stage where West Africa’s first Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka stood holding a giant check for $20,000.

My special place to write is …

My living room couch.

Necessary writing/creativity tool…

My self.

The person who has been my greatest writing teacher or inspiration is…

Stephen King.

Currently reading…

Tales of Falling and Flying.

Favorite bookshop…

Afriware Books.

All-time favorite children’s book I didn’t write…

A tie between Comet in Moominland and The Changeover.

Favorite illustrator…

A tie between Craig Thompson and Sophie Campbell.

A literary character I would like to vacation with …

The character of !Xabbu in Tad Williams’ Otherland series.

When I am not reading or writing I am…

Going on adventures with my daughter or working out.

To learn more, visit: http://www.nnedi.com/

Akata WarriorAkata Warrior

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

Publisher’s Synopsis: A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been 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 struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.

Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.

Ages 14+ | Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0670785612

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • I enjoyed this interview today and adore her answers to the questions–she gets to the point and that is refreshing. I am going to have fun reading these books.

    October 17, 2017
  • I’ve heard such great things about this book. I’ve been really wanting to read it.

    October 17, 2017
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    October 18, 2017

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