Previously, I reviewed Shira Glassman’s The Second Mango. Today I review Climbing the Date Palm (link to Prizm Books), the second book in the series.
Spoilers: Some spoilers for the The Second Mango
Image Description: A book cover with a date palm on a green background. A green dragon flies in the background. Across the bottom, the words “climbing the Date Palm” in black. Below that, the name “Shira Glassman”. Image from Prizm Books.
Spoiler Warning: Akata Witch (only in one specific section, which is noted beforehand)
Trigger Warning: Discussion of ableist tropes in fiction
Recently, I read Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch. It’s a young adult fantasy novel, set in Nigeria, which came out back in 2011 from Penguin Books. If you enjoy narratives about characters discovering their magic, or are interested in learning about magic in a culture that isn’t often seen represented in the US, I highly recommend this book. It’s a lot of fun, and the characters are vibrant and interesting.
I’d also like to point out that the cover art actually fits the book.
The main character, Sunny, is 12. She’s American-born, but moved to Nigeria with her parents and brothers. Sunny, like most of the people she knows, is Igbo, but often feels out of place because she is (a) from America, and (b) an albino. Nnedi Okorafor herself is also American-born, and her parents were Nigerian immigrants. During the book, Sunny makes new friends and meets new enemies as she discovers the world of Leopard People, African sorcerers.