Zahrah the Windseeker
|Illustrator||Stephanie Cooper and Amanda Hall|
|Genre||Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy|
|Published||2005 (HMCo Children's Books)|
|LC Class||PZ7.O4157 Zah 2005|
Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin, Sept 2005), written by Nnedi Okorafor, is one of a very small handful of young adult fantasy novels that incorporate the myths and folklore and culture of West Africa. It is the winner of the 2008 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian (Igbo) parents.
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 children 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 determine to 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.
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- "Previous Winners". The Lumina Foundation, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- "Zahrah the Windseeker". Kirkus Reviews 73 (17): 980. 1 September 2005.
- Cabell, Arphelia K. (Jan–Feb 2006). "Zahrah the Windseeker". Black Issues Book Review 8 (1): 61.
- Mattson, Jennifer (15 November 2005). "Zahrah the Windseeker". Booklist 102 (6): 60.
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