Zahrah the Windseeker

308 pages

English language

Published March 16, 2005 by Houghton Mifflin.


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5 stars (2 reviews)

Zahrah, a timid thirteen-year-old girl, undertakes a dangerous quest into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to seek the antidote for her best friend after he is bitten by a snake, and finds knowledge, courage, and hidden powers along the way.

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5 stars

God, I loved every aspect of this book. The storytelling is wonderful, and it only makes me want to read more by Nnedi Okorafor; it was so beautiful in every way, and I literally couldn't put it down unless forced to do something besides read.

There are so many topics discussed in the book: friendship, loyalty, finding one's self, etc. It weaves together a tale so fantastical but also so very real; it's beyond gorgeous, and I don't want to write more for fear of genuinely spoiling it.

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5 stars

What a delightful and unique story! This has the heart and soul of a fairy tale or a fable. This is a children's story for every child and for every adult who was once a child. I had read this on Oyster but think I'll be picking up my own copy to keep.

There is just so much in this book. It's a coming of age story, of finding the specialness in yourself. It is a story of always looking at the world with wonder and curiosity instead of listening and believing what you are told blindly. It is a story of friendship and loyalty and that sometimes, you have to break the rules because if you always follow the rules, your life is boring and you never have any adventures.

Lastly, I loved the world Okorafor's created, where plants are the basis of human civilization and ingenuity. The society …


  • Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
  • Coming of age -- Fiction.
  • Flight -- Fiction.
  • Best friends -- Fiction.
  • Jungles -- Fiction.
  • Fantasy.