Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

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Katherine Tegen Books
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5.8 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani is a Nigerian writer and journalist. Her debut novel, I Do Not Come to You by Chance, won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was named by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, and the New Yorker, and she writes a regular column for the BBC website's Letter from Africa section. You can find her at AdaobiTricia.com.

Viviana Mazza is an Italian journalist who writes for the foreign section of Corriere della Sera. She has been on assignment in various countries, such as Syria, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, and Nigeria. In 2010, she won the Marco Luchetta Journalist Prize, dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of children affected by war. She has also written The Story of Malala and The Baby Nelson Mandela, which were published in Italy.


"This powerful novel ... seeks to personalize the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok... Nwaubani, a Nigerian novelist, teamed up with the Italian journalist Viviana Mazza to interview the families of kidnapped girls as the basis for this heartbreaking, necessary account." -- New York Times Book Review

"Poignant and powerful, this is a story that will be hard for any reader to forget." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"Unflinching in its direct view of an ongoing tragedy, this important novel will open discussions about human rights and violence against women and girls worldwide." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Nigerian author Nwaubani [paints] beautiful portraits of the joy, hope, and traditions experienced by this girl, her friends, and family with the same masterful strokes as the ones depicting the dreadful agony, loss, and grief they endure. A worthy piece of work that superbly and empathetically tells a heartbreaking tale." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Nigerian author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani's harrowing YA debut is certain to stun readers. Nwaubani portions out the heartrending story in brief chapters with deceptively poetic prose... a disturbing, agonizing story that will surely provide rich thought and discussion." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"Nwaubani weaves moments of hope and connection between the girls through this heart-wrenching tale. This painful, powerful story draws from interviews with female survivors of Boko Haram's abuse and their families. It reminds readers -- and the world -- of the girls and women as yet unfound." -- Washington Post

"Nwaubani has crafted an emotional yet empowering tale based on the true story of 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014." -- School Library Journal

"Brief, individually titled chapters augment the tension and accelerate the plot... An afterword provides critical context on Boko Haram and the 2014 attack on Chibok." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books