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2011 book by NnediOkorafor. 12-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. She looks West African, but is so sensitive to the sun that she can’t play soccer during the day, due to her albinism. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. Her classmate Orlu and his friend Chichi reveal that they have magical abilities--and so does she. They are all "Leopard People", or people with magical abilities. Sunny is a “free agent", or someone who has magical powers without a relative having them. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Orlu and Chichi have been working with their teacher for years. Sunny needs a crash course in magical history, spells, juju, shape-shifting and dimensional travel. Her new world is a secret from her family, but it’s well worth all of the silence, exhaustion and sneaking around. Still, there is a dark side. After she’s found her footing, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and their American friend Sasha are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a criminal. Not just a run-of-the-mill bad guy. A real-life hardcore serial killer-with abilities far stronger than theirs.

Received overwhelmingly good reviews for bucking the traditional MedievalEuropeanFantasy norm and the MonochromeCasting of most Western fantasy books. A sequel called ''Breaking Kola'' is expected to be published in 2015.
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!!''Akata Witch'' uses the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: While both of Sunny's parents use corporal punishment, her father is excessive. He is also never emotionally supportive of her.
* AllMythsAreTrue: According to Sunny's guidebook ''Fast Facts for Free Agents.''
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Sunny's life in a nutshell, due to being both albino and American.
* AloofBigBrother: Chukwu and Ugonna towards Sunny. Chukwu in particular likes to hold himself above his little sister, but they also taught her how to play soccer and how to fight.
* AlphaBitch: Jibaku.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Black Hat went very, very wrong because he aspired for material wealth.
* TheApprentice: Anatov sends the children to meet different scholars so that they can, essentially, be apprenticed. [[spoiler: Kehinde picks Sasha, Taiwo picks Orlu, Anatov picks Chichi, and Sugar Cream picks Sunny.]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Why a bunch of inexperienced kids are the ones sent after Black Hat.
* BerserkButton: Whenever Sunny does something that resembles her maternal grandmother, Sunny's father takes it very, very badly.
* BigBad: Black Hat Otokoto
** BiggerBad: Ekwensu
* BlackSheep: Sunny, being the only albino and the only Leopard Person in her family.
* BloodMagic: The reason Black Hat kills.
* BrokenAce: Black Hat is not only a Leopard Person, [[spoiler: he's ''Oku Akama'', the final level that people rarely graduate to. For a sense of scale of how great his talent is, there are only eight such scholars in Nigeria, and Black Hat passed the test several years before he should even have been able to study for it since the university for third level students wanting to advance doesn't take anyone under forty-two.]]
* BullyingADragon: The kids at school who pick on Sunny. Of course, she's not allowed to use magic on them, but she could take all of them out easily.
* CloudCuckoolander: Nimm women are known for being this.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Sunny and her friends are on the cusp of puberty.
* ContinuityNod: Ginen, the planet featured in ''Literature/ZahrahTheWindseeker'' and ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', is mentioned. Sunny's juju knife also appears to be made of the same material as Sarauniya Jaa's sword.
* [[CoolUncle Cool Aunt]]: Sunny's aunt Chinwe. Her sisters, one of them being Sunny's mother, both became doctors. Chinwe was also supposed to become a doctor because that was their father's ambition for them, but instead she became a professional dancer and married an American. Sunny looks up to her aunt because she is the only other person in the family who doesn't quite fit.
* CoolBigSis: Chichi takes this role with her friends, even though for all they know, she might be the youngest.
* CueTheSun: Sunny has a moment the morning after her initiation where the sun is rising and she realizes it isn't burning her skin.
* DisappearedDad: Chichi's dad is a famous musician who walked out on her and her mother years ago. He never sees them or sends money, but they honestly don't care.
* DoubleStandard: Sunny is often treated worse than her brothers because she is a girl.
** She also has to do a harder tryout for the Zuma Nationals soccer game because she is a girl.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Junk Man, who sells a random variety of things at his market stall.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: A little bit, with Sasha as the cynic, Sunny as the optimist, Orlu as the realist, and Chichi as the apathetic.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sunny and her friends.
** Chichi is sanguine. She is optimistic, cheerful, impulsive, and easily the most lustful of the four.
** Sasha is choleric. Ambitious, charismatic, and one to take charge, he is proud and has a quick temper.
** Orlu is melancholic. Courteous, analytical, and hard-working, he acts as a moral compass and voice of reason.
** Sunny is phlegmatic. She is the peacemaker of the group, but also the most insecure because she's new. Incidentally, her nose runs often.
* GameFace: A non-evil example. All of the Leopard People have their "spirit face" that they can conjure up, which is seen as a very personal thing and seeing someone's spirit face is akin to seeing them naked. The face is usually a manifestation of their personality or powers. Sunny plays this trope straight when she gets into a fight with a schoolmate.
* GenderBlenderName: Sunny is expecting Sasha to be a girl. Also, Orlu (male) and Chichi (female) may count because those are Igbo names that in English are kind of ambiguous.
* HeroicAlbino: Sunny. Her coloring is an indication not of her magic, but of her innate talents.
* InitiationCeremony: Sunny's is fairly uncomfortable, and there are implications it could have killed her.
* IntangibleMan: Sunny can do this.
* KidAnova: Chukwu, to the point that Sunny wrote an essay about it. He struck out hard with Chichi, though.
* LivingADoubleLife: Said verbatim multiple times.
* MagicalSociety: Leopard People, also called witches, warlocks, sorcerers, and any other title for the magical, depending on where in the world you are. There are Leopard centers all over the world. Nigeria's is in Leopard Knocks, by Aba.
* TheMasquerade: The Leopard world and the Lamb (human) one. A Leopard Person must never tell a Lamb what they are. Sort of averted, in that most Leopard People come from families where everyone is a Leopard Person.
* MeaningfulName: Several.
** Sunny's name is initially ironic because the sun burns her very easily. It turns out to be a clue as to her spirit face and spirit name, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anyanwu Anyanwu]]. Anyanwu itself means "eye of the sun." She is also the only member of her family to have an English rather than an Igbo name, reflecting her different place of birth.
** Sunny's brother Chukwu, meaning "supreme being." It's not a direct translation, but essentially his name is {{God}}. His ego drives Sunny nuts.
** Sunny's brother Ugonna, meaning "father's pride." Possibly a hint towards their father's preference towards his sons.
** Twins Taiwo and Kehinde have names given to older and younger twins respectively.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: This is what happened to Sunny's grandmother, Ozoemena. Only it was Black Hat himself who killed her.]]
* MixedAncestry: Chichi's mother is Efik and her father is Igbo.
** [[spoiler: Sunny's grandmother was a Leopard while her other three grandparents were Lambs.]]
* {{Muggles}}: Called Lambs.
* MuggleFosterParents: Averted, her parents are actually her biological parents, but they have no abilities.
** Her [[spoiler: maternal grandmother did, though]]
* MundaneUtility: Juju can be used, among other things, to keep mosquitoes away.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Black Hat. Also Ekwensu.
* {{Omniglot}}: Sunny and her friends all speak more than two languages. Sunny, Orlu, and Chichi all speak Igbo, English, and Nigerian Pidgin English. Chichi also speaks Efik. Sasha speaks English, Spanish, Hausa, Igbo, and Arabic.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Chichi. Her full name is Chijioke.
** Sugar Cream, at least as far as anyone can tell.
** Jesus's General.
* OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass: You need to be initiated to enter Leopard Knocks.
* OurSpiritsAreDifferent: Masquerades, which are not to be confused with {{Masquerade}} or MasqueradeBall. They are spirit creatures, and they will hurt you.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sugar Cream was found in the woods when she was three or so. She was found and raised by a seventeen-year-old.
* PhotographicMemory: Both Sasha and Chichi have this, which is why neither of them goes to school.
* RenownedSelectiveMentor: Sugar Cream has never mentored anyone, but she's been considering, just this once, taking a student.
* RewardFromNowhere: ''Chittim'' is the currency of Leopards, and it comes out of nowhere after one learns something new.
* SecretTest: Anatov is very fond of doing this.
* SerialKiller: One of these is killing and mutilating children throughout Nigeria [[spoiler: It is found out that he is a Leopard Person and is using the children to work juju.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Since Okorafor is actually of Nigerian descent, all of the Nigerian mythology and culture depicted in the book are actual myths. The detail is shown in [[http://odinanilawsofnature.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/akata-witch-review/ this review.]]
* SilverHasMysticPowers: The handle of Sunny's juju knife is silver.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: This is how learning works in the Leopard world. All the teachers are this, but we see the most of Anatov.
* SirSwearsALot: Jesus's General, according to the narrator.
* StealthPun: The African American Leopard headquarters is called Tar Nation, likely in reference to both the word "tarnation," a light variant of "damnation," and the racial slur "tar baby."
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Leopard abilities are specifically stated not to be this. It's a matter of spirit, not genes.
* TheTease: Chichi at times.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Sunny desperately wants to know about her maternal grandmother, who may have been a Leopard Person.
* TrueCompanions: Sunny, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha make an ''Oha'' coven.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Sunny sort of feels like this in Nigeria, since she was born in New York City but moved to Nigeria when she was 9, and she is an albino.
* TheUnfavorite: Sunny's father doesn't like her.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Sasha and Chichi. [[spoiler: Eventually resolved when Sunny catches them making out multiple times.]] This happens to a lesser extent between Sunny and Orlu as well.
* VagueAge: Chichi deliberately invokes this. She refuses to tell anyone how old she is, except when she's teasing an older man. After she gets him excited, she tells him she's twelve (or whatever age she feels like being), laughs at their horror, and runs off.
* WaifProphet: Sunny has the potential to become one. At the beginning of the book, she sees the end of the world in a candle flame.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: Sugar Cream reveals that Sunny's grandmother was Black Hat's teacher, and that he murdered her.]]
* [[WhatTheHellDad What the Hell, Mom?]]: In a rare mother/daughter example, Chichi and her mother.
* TheWorfEffect: Sunny and the others ask why older, more experienced sorcerers aren't going after Black Hat. Well, they did. It didn't end well.