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Zahrah the Windseeker

Discover the beauty and adventure in a strange new world by an exciting new voice in fantasy fiction.

"[B]ursts of humor, exotic flora and fauna, and the unusual combination of Nigerian-based culture with children's fantasy make this worth the read." — Kirkus Reviews

About the Book

Fear of the unknown runs deep in the northern Ooni Kingdom. Children born dada are feared and rumored to have special powers. Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami seems 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 Dari, her best friend, isn't afraid of her, even when something strange begins to happen to her — something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The two friends decide to investigate what's happening to Zahrah — an investigation that ends with Dari's life in danger and with Zahrah alone and struggling with her worst fears and 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 of saving her best friend's life.

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu had this to say about her inspiration for writing Zahrah the Windseeker:

"I wanted to write a fantasy novel with an African character in a West African–like world that wasn't West Africa. I wanted to make it as West Africa is today, with technology but with old ways too. I also wanted to write an adventure novel with a female character who is strong but loving. Also, I just love the absurdity, oddity, and creativity of nature."

About the Author

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu's short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Dark Matter II, Strange Horizons, and Writers of the Future, volume 18. Nnedi lives with her daughter, Anyaugo, and family in Illinois.

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