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 Adia Kelbara and the circle of Shamans (Adia Kelbara And The Circle Of Shamans)
 Author: Hendrix, Isi

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 339 p., map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 437751 ISBN: 9780063266339
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Ability -- Fiction
 Fantasy fiction
 Goddesses -- Fiction
 Demonic possession -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction

Price: $23.98

A twelve-year-old apprentice in the kitchens at the prestigious Academy of Shamans, must ally with a snarky goddess and a knife-wielding warrior to save her kingdom.

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/23)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/11/23)

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Booklist - 08/08/2023 *Starred Review* Adia’s life hasn’t been easy. Orphaned when she was only a baby, Adia is forced to live with an aunt and uncle who believe she was born cursed. When Adia gets a coveted kitchen internship at the Academy of Shamans, she knows it’s her only chance to escape her suffocating life. The only problem is that Adia discovers that her curse is actually magical powers—dangerous powers that cause destruction in her home village. With her cat in hand, Adia escapes to the Academy hoping to be fixed, only to discover that everything that she thought was a myth is true, including gods, goddesses, and a demon that wants to watch the world burn. She must learn to control her powers and join forces with other magical beings to defeat the evil demon before he destroys everything Adia knows and loves. Hendrix’s awe-inspiring debut novel is a truly masterful addition to the Afrofantasy genre. Hendrix intertwines the cultural richness of African mythology with the visceral history of colonization in a package that will entice middle-grade readers. Her universe interrogates both fantastical and realistic conflicts with equal care. This immersive fantasy, the start of a planned trilogy, deserves to be on every shelf. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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