In the Ooni Kingdom, children born dada, with vines growing in their hair, are rumored to have special powers. Zahrah Tsami doesn't know anything about that. She feels normal. Others think she's different; they fear her. Only Dari, her best friend, isn't afraid of her. But then something begins to happen — something that definitely marks Zahrah as different — and the only person she can tell is Dari.
He pushes her to investigate, edging them both closer and closer to danger. Until Dari's life is on the line. Only Zahrah can save him, but to do so she'll have to face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different. During a journey of 300 miles, Zahrah will face obstacles both natural and supernatural... and accept who she truly is. This lush fantasy from the author of Akata Witch is atmospheric, funny, and triumphant.
"When Dari and Zahrah venture into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle and a poisonous snake bites Dari, only Zahrah has the courage to seek the antidote. She walks over 300 miles into the lush, terrifying jungle bursting with fantastical plants and creatures.... [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
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Feb 18, 2008|