Zahrah the Windseeker

by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0618340904 Global Overview for this book
Registered by CheriePie of Campbell, California USA on 1/31/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
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Morsie offered a copy of this title up in the Best of 2006 swap and it immediately sparked my interest. Though I didn't win it in the swap, I found a copy available on PaperBackSwap so I grabbed it from there.

Book Description
In the northern Ooni Kingdom, fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami feels 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 her best friend, Dari, isn't afraid of her, even when something unusual begins happening—something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The two friends determine to investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari's life is threatened, Zahrah must face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different.

In this exciting debut novel by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, things aren't always what they see—monkeys tell fortunes, plants offer wisdom, and a teenage girl is the only one who stands a chance at saving her best friend's life.

Journal Entry 2 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, June 15, 2007
Zahrah lives in the northern Ooni Kingdom, where fear of the unknown runs deep. She is born dada, with vines growing through her hair and believed to have special powers. Besides their fear of dada, the people of the Ooni Kingdom also gravely fear the Forbidden Greeny Jungle, which begins on the outskirts of their small village. But when Zahrah notices changes going on within her and is then faced with having to save Dari's life, she's ready to confront all her fears head on, and challenge everything she's been taught.

This was a fun adventure. I enjoyed Zahrah's trek through the jungle and the various creatures she met therein. Because this is a children's book (ages 9–12), it also teaches a few important lessons, many which I believe strongly in to this very day. That one being to not believe everything you're told if you don't feel comfortable with it. It's okay to challenge old, outdated beliefs to forge the way for the future. Another is that you are definitely stronger than you think when faced with seemingly impossible odds.

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, July 30, 2007
Won by Rhonda (SandDanz) in Live Swap #1 during the Columbus meetup.

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