A light brown hand holds Zahrah the Windseeker in front of a lush forest

71. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

This week we’re discussing Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor. This story follows Zahrah, a 13 year old girl who is born with special hair called dadalocks. When her best friend falls into a coma after a snake bite, Zahrah, who is scared of pretty much everything, has to take a journey through the jungle to find a cure.

This is Okorafor’s debut from back in 2005 if you can believe it. The world building is NEXT LEVEL, our MC is feisty and relatable, and there’s a beautiful friendship at the core of the story. What’s not to love?

This was the book choice of our wonderful Patreon patron Grey from@grey_reads. Follow them on instagram for reviews of a wide variety of books. Thanks so much for this one, Grey!

  • Recommend if you like…
    • Matilda (although we’ve only seen the movie)
    • Alice in Wonderland – which gets a few mentions in the book, although with a slightly different title
    • Ms. Marvel – either the comics or the show
    • A Blade so Black by L.L. Mckinney*

* we’ve done episodes for this book! but you don’t have to take our word for it – go ahead and scroll thru our episodes page 🙂

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