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Publisher's Summary

Nnedi Okorafor's acclaimed first novel for middle-grade children introduces a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.

Nnamdi's father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a 12-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a magical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?

Award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed for her Akata novels, introduces a new and engaging hero in her first novel for middle-grade listeners set against a richly textured background of contemporary Nigeria.

©2020 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2021 Tantor

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Another Great Book by Nnedi Okorafor

Your child may be an auditory learner and this audiobook was great. Thank you again Nnedi Okirafor and narrator Ben Onwukee for bringing this story to life. Suspence, intrigue, laughter and love. I look forward to more African authors writing and producing more great works. Ubuntu.

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good middle school book for comic fans

Loved the narrator, and the story was a perfect middle-grades drama for comic fans: bad guys aplenty, and good intentions that sometimes go awry

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great story

This was a great storyline. The reader's voice drew me in. I would definitely recommend this book

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Took me a while to realize this was a kid’s book… lol

I really love this author. Very good story-telling, with many aspects that make a for a solid teen mystery: A few good red-herrings and some close reliable friends.

For the most part I liked the narrator, but I really hated how he read the voices of female characters of all ages. They all sounded like shrieking old women, even the youngest of them. And they were inconsistent. It would have been stronger if he narrated without attempting character voices.

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Ikenga - A story to enjoy!

I downloaded the book for a lengthy drive. I enjoyed the narrative. The story had much depth as it expanded into the relationships the boy had with his friends and family.

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A young hero with a big heart.

For a 12 year-old lead in a story. I loved this tale. Namdi is vulnerable, scared and also conflicted as he comes to terms with the death of his father. His anger and confusion reel you in. As he gains a new way to deal with his need to do something about the crimes his father died trying to stop, he enters yet another journey. Who killed his father is at the top of the list but the crimes that seem to escalate with the new chief of police worried about only doing tv interviews, we see a hero rise with all the challenges of not knowing what to with the new power but is selfless. I enjoyed the setting and the friendship between Namdi and Chuma and how much she helps him feel centered when he gets overwhelmed as is his father's guidance as he takes on this new part of his life.

The narration was in point, the accents were so real.

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