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 caught up in an epic battle . . . one that puts the future of all Solari at risk.

*Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun is soon to be made into a feature film by a MAJOR streamer.

Shortlisted – The Week Junior Book Awards, Children’s Book of the Year: Breakthrough 2023
Shortlisted – The British Book Awards 2023 (Children’s Fiction)
Longlisted – Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2023
Shortlisted – Barnes & Nobel Children’s and YA Book Awards 2023 (Young Readers)
A 2023 Children’s Africana Book Award Winner for Older Readers
A 2023 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee (MD)
Waterstones Book of the Month June 2022
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 2022


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