Transporting and vivid, this is a tale of adventure, magic, self-acceptance, and friendship that will stay with you. Set in a world where technology is built from plants and flower petals are currency, thirteen-year-old Zahrah just wants to be normal, but her dadalocks - vines that grow in her hair and grant her powers she wishes she could ignore - mark her as different. When her best friend Dari goes missing, Zahrah must enter a mysterious forest and embrace her abilities to save him. From the author of the Binti trilogy and writer of Marvel’s Black Panther comics!
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.
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu’s short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Dark Matter II, Strange Horizons, and Writers of the Future, Volume XVIII. Nnedi lives with her daughter, Anyaugo, and family in Illinois.