What are the best YA books set in Africa?

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    #1Sleep Well, Siba & Saba

    Sleep Well, Siba & Saba

    Sleep Well, Siba & Saba is a picture book written by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl and illustrated by Sandra Van Doorn. It was released in October 2017. It is about two sisters living in Uganda and their colorful dreams.

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    Walter James
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book isn't good for young adults. It is suited for children ,but anyone could enjoy it. It's a picture book about 2 sisters who dream about the things they are missing and has nice drawings. As a book for young adults no, but for children sure. "
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    #2The Heaven Shop

    The Heaven Shop

    The Heaven Shop is a sensitive but inspirational novel written by Deborah Ellis. It was released in August 2004. It is about two siblings whose father died of AIDS and are now ostracized even by their own family.

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    Jeremy Weber
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The best YA book set in Africa is The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis. It is a contemporary novel that puts a very real face on the African AIDS pandemic. The story focuses on a brother and sister whom after their parents die of AIDS is sent to live with relatives. Their lives a hard and bleaker than their previous life where they held some status."
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    #3Chanda's Secrets

    Chanda's Secrets

    Chanda's Secrets is a sensitive but inspirational novel for young adults written by Allan Stratton and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It was released in February 2004. It is about a 16-year-old girl caught in the African HIV pandemic.

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    Amy Hayes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Good young adult books starring a black protagonist are rare enough, but finding ones actually set in Africa is almost impossible! This book thoroughly surprised me though! It's a powerful story, relevant to crises the country still faces today, and, being reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, relevant to the struggles faced by black individuals in America as well."
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    #4Diamond Boy

    Diamond Boy
    Diamond Boy is a realistic drama novel for young adults written by Micahel Williams. It was released in December 2014. It is a portrait of Zimbabwe's history of death because of diamonds and racism.
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    Aaron Bowman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Diamond Boy is a realistic coming of age story of a teenage boy trying to change his life in the diamond fields of Zimbabwe. I was pulled in by his journey and the settings of the book. This is a story of growth and transformation under terrible circumstances."
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    #5Zahrah the Windseeker

    Zahrah the Windseeker
    Zahrah the Windseeker is an adventure and fantasy novel for young adults written by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. It was released in September 2005. It is about a 13-year-old girl with vines growing in their hair.
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    Anthony Williamson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "You'll love reading about otherworldly plant power in this unique book by Okorafor Mbachu. The star of the book is a strong young African Girl. She derives some of her power from plants... architechure is also based/built with living trees. Forward thinking and inspirational."
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    #6Akata Witch

    Akata Witch
    Akata Witch is a fantasy and adventure novel written by Nnedi Okorafor. It was published in 2011. It is about a 12-year-old girl with magic powers. Famous authors Ursula K. Le Guin and John Green are fans of the author.
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    Kenneth Lopez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Akata Witch is a fantasy novel that follows the story of a 12 year old girl with magic powers. It's similar to Sabrina the Teenage Witch...but in Africa. Or, even more similarly, Harry Potter in Africa. She struggles to fit in, and she can't enjoy the simple things that everyone else does. Overall it's a very engaging and interesting story worth reading. I highly recommend!"
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    #7This Thing Called the Future

    This Thing Called the Future

    This Thing Called the Future is a dramatic novel for young adults written by J.L. Powers. It was released in April 2011. It is about the effect of the AIDS pandemic in Africa and the state of education and culture in South Africa.

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    Sharon Carroll
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book was an interesting look at what it's like to come of age in South Africa. I found the struggle between Western thought and the African way of life to be interesting. The characters are very sympathetic, and this is a great book for young readers to get a wider view of life in different areas of the world."
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    #8The Power of One

    The Power of One
    The Power of One is a fictional and a cultural story set in Southern Africa written by Bryce Courtenay. The story follows an abandoned boy, Peekay, and his epic journey towards transforming lives amidst the apartheid.

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    Billy Cooper
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Interesting fictional account of a boy living in the area and time of apartheid. Although fiction it certainly resonates as true. It was definitely worth the read and is a heart-warming story. "
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    #9A Girl Called Problem

    A Girl Called Problem
    A Girl Called Problem is a realistic drama novel for young adults written by Katie Quirk. It was released in April 2013. It is about a 13-year-old girl whose name means problem in Swahili, making people think she is cursed.
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    Maribel Félix
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I needed to find the best YA books set in Africa. I love to read about Africa and I plan to visit there this summer. I found A Girl Called Problem. It's a great book that's a dramatic tale of a 13-year-old girl whose name means problem in Swahili. It's such a great book that all my friends told me to read. I love the writing style, story, and characters. Check it out!"
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    #10Child of Dandelions

    Child of Dandelions
    Child of Dandelions is a young adult historical fiction book written by Shenaaz Nanji. It is first published in 2008 by Front Street, Incorporated. 
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    Christine Sandoval
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Love this book. I enjoyed the rich fictional history setting presented in the book. The main character is highly entertaining and takes you on quite a journey. "
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    #11Golden Boy

    Golden Boy

    Golden Boy is a book written by Abigail Tarttelin that tells the story of a hermaphrodite. This is a book about the struggle of an intersex and the challenges faced by people with special parts of their body.

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    Walter Perkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I don't think this is a good book for the category. I don't even recall Africa coming up in mention one time. I also think there are better books with the setting VERY clearly."
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    #12The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is a standalone young adult science fiction novel written by Nancy Farmer which is about a group of three children who go get kidnapped. 

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    Megan Rodriguez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book fits perfect into this topic category. The story of this book is set in Zimbabwe in the year 2194. This books will have you feeling a variety of emotions as you read it. You will not be able to put it down till you are finished."

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Best What are the best YA books set in Africa
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sleep Well, Siba & SabaBooks 25 Paid
2The Heaven ShopBooks 21 Paid
3Chanda's SecretsBooks 21 Paid
4Diamond BoyBooks 19 Paid
5Zahrah the WindseekerBooks 18 Paid
6Akata WitchBooks 17 Paid
7This Thing Called the FutureBooks 16 Paid
8The Power of OneBooks 14 Paid
9A Girl Called ProblemBooks 12 Paid
10Child of DandelionsBooks 11 Paid
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