Mella And the N'anga: An African Tale

Mella And the N anga An African Tale Mella lives in the long ago time when the place we now call Zimbabwe was known as the Land of the People Within the great hilltop town of Mopopoto Mella s beloved father the King lies gravely ill Be

  • Title: Mella And the N'anga: An African Tale
  • Author: Gail Nyoka
  • ISBN: 9781894549493
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mella lives in the long ago time when the place we now call Zimbabwe was known as the Land of the People Within the great hilltop town of Mopopoto Mella s beloved father, the King, lies gravely ill Beyond the high stone walls, the land has been overcome by drought and unrest grows between the warrior tribes of the kingdom Senior sister, one of the wisest elders in theMella lives in the long ago time when the place we now call Zimbabwe was known as the Land of the People Within the great hilltop town of Mopopoto Mella s beloved father, the King, lies gravely ill Beyond the high stone walls, the land has been overcome by drought and unrest grows between the warrior tribes of the kingdom Senior sister, one of the wisest elders in the town, has taught Mella the forbidden song that will call the Great N anga, a strange and powerful figure who is viewed with suspicion by most townspeople Mella learns from the N anga that the only way to restore her father s health is to seek out the much feared Python Healer, a perilous journey that few would undertake When Mella s brother, the warrior Dikita, fails to bring back the Python Healer, Mella knows there is only one thing to do she must face the Python Healer herself In this tale of courage and wisdom, Gail Nyoka brings to life a mythic time and gives us a fascinating glimpse of society in ancient Africa.

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    • Laura says:

      Awards and Recognitions: Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature – text – Finalist - 2005Set in Zimbabwe, this story is narrated by the N’anga, a wise woman, and has the feel of a folktale or legend. Long ago in Mopopoto, the king is dying from a mysterious sickness, a sickness that also afflicts his land. Drought threatens their food supply, and the threat of impending war looms as a rival tribe seeks to exploit the town’s weakness. Mella, the King’s Daughter, [...]

    • Hyper Sykoe says:

      This book carries a beautiful, empowering story. Told with just the right words and radiating with such a strong energy, this book engraves its story into the mind of its reader. Gail Nyoka has done a truly beautiful job bringing life to the characters and their adventures. In my eyes, it deserves no less than 5 stars.

    • Kate says:

      I really loved the redemptive feminist story line in this book. it was really fun to read. powerful female characters.

    • Gail Nyoka says:

      I have to admit that I'm the author of this book, so can't give an objective review or rating. But, it was a finalist for several literary prizes.

    • Nicole says:

      This was a good read. I enjoyed how it drew me into an ancient culture. It was a little predictable, but I still recommend it for anyone interested in reading an African folktale.

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