Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun
Black Panther meets Percy Jackson in this action-packed and empowering middle-grade series about a British-Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers.
Onyeka has a lot of hair—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. Even with the support of her best friend, Cheyenne, who couldn’t care less what other people think, Onyeka can’t help but wish she could tame her vibrant curls. Then, Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair inexplicably takes on a life of its own, pulling Cheyenne from the water.
Onyeka’s mother reveals the shocking truth: Onyeka’s has psychokinetic powers and is a Solari, one of a secret group of mutants unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the Academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 9, 2022
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Tọlá Okogwu is a British-Nigerian Author, Journalist and Hair Care Educator. Born in Nigeria but raised in London, England, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Tọlá’s self-published picture book series, DADDY DO MY HAIR is a firm family favourite, and she also writes as Lola Morayo. The first book under this name, AZIZA'S SECRET FAIRY DOOR was published by Pan Macmillan in June 2021.
Tọlá lives in Kent, England with her husband and two daughters. An avid reader and lover of music, she’s also a sucker for melted cheese.
Tags: Middle Grade, Speculative Fiction/SFF, BIPOC