Nnedi Okorafor Announces ‘Ikenga’ her middle-grade book debut

Best-selling fantasy and sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor will publish her middle-grade debut in 2020, EW can exclusively announce. The book is titled Ikenga, an Africanjujuist novel set in contemporary Nigeria about a boy who can access super powers with the help of the magical Ikenga.

Okorafor ranks among the most acclaimed speculative-fiction authors currently writing. Recipient of the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award, she’s received praise from such stalwarts in the genre as Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, and the late Ursula K. Le Guin. The Nigerian-American author has toggled between YA, children’s, and adult fiction to great acclaim, but will reach the MG audience for the first time with Ikenga.

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