Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls. Some managed to escape. Many are still missing. A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband—these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. A girl who works hard in school and to help her family. A girl with a future as bright as live coals in the dark. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone—her mother, her five brothers, her best friend,...

Details Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

TitleBuried Beneath the Baobab Tree
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Cultural, Africa

Reviews Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Wow, I learnt so much reading this. The world can be such a horrible place :(
  • Kaya
    Y'all, I'm shook. This is the kind of story that feels like it should be happening in a completely different time period, not in the present. I don't know how exactly to convey just how hard-hitting this book is but I will try. Also, TRIGGER WARNING for non-graphic sexual violence. This book was ADDICTIVE. Like, the short chapters and short length allowed me to fly through this story. But it also allows for savoring it, if you know what I mean....
  • KC
    Kidnapped in the middle of the night by the Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, young men and young women were ripped from the safety of their homes to be catapulted into a horrifying nightmare. While the boys are whisked away to begin life anew as soldiers, the girls are forced to become wives, religiously convert and submit-comply or be killed. A courageous look at this tragic scenario, collected from countless interviews with the surviving...
  • A Lib Tech Reads
    Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree, Adaobi Tricia NwaubaniRating: 3.5/5Release date: September 4, 2018Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing an ARC for review.Despite being fully aware of what I was getting myself into with the tragic and outrageous occurrence, I was still caught off-guard by the powerful narrative and careful depictions of the protagonist growing up in a Nigerian village and then thrust into a terrifying nightmare as ...
  • Lauren
  • Sarah
    Thank you to Edelweiss for furnishing me with an e-arc of Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree for review and thank you to my friend Sarah for recommending it to me. All opinions are my own. The purpose of this book is to humanize the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria through partial fictionalization of actual interviews from the female victims of this terrorist organization. Boko Haram is a group that has caused mass relocations and deaths throughout Niger...
  • Susan
    Thank you, Katherine Tegan Publishing, for an ARC for an honest review. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani will be Released on September 4th, 2018.Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani was born in Enugu, Nigeria and as of 2015 lived in Lagos, Nigeria. While researching Ms. Nwaubani I noticed something very striking. Of all the essays, letters and work she has done for media outlets such as the BBC and the Guardian (and they took some diggi...
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, September 2018, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-269672-4“Many analysts believe that Boko Haram emerged as a consequence of deep religious and ethnic cleavages that have long troubled Nigeria. The British, during their nearly half century of rule, merged various territories and peoples that had little in common other than geographic proximity. ...
  • FloeticFlo
    Powerful and so, so sad.The format really helped to emphasize the agony of the story.
  • Emily
    A girl has a family - a mother and a father who want her to continue her education rather than get married young; brothers whom she loves and takes care of, like a good girl does. A girl has friends - both Christian and Muslim; friends whom she walks to and from school with, telling secrets of crushes, riddles, and facts they learned at school. A girl has dreams - getting a scholarship because she's smarter than all the boys, earning her master's...
  • Kap
    I don't know how to give a proper review for this book. All the typical "book review" words sound hollow. But I also feel compelled to say something after finishing this book, because Nwaubani imbues so much life and hope and humanity into the narrator. She is a young girl. FUll of hopes and dreams and anxious joy for education. But one night her village is attacked; her father and brothers and killed in front of her and she kidnapped by Boko Har...
  • Amy
    Definitely a very painful, difficult story to read because of the horrific reality of the subject matter. I distinctly remember when this event happened and the horror of following it on the news but this book takes this event and in a fictionalized account, describes what has happened to many of these girls. The authors have taken extreme care not to overly describe details of specific things that have occurred but you can't avoid the mature top...
  • Erikka
    This is a powerful and painful book. Written in brief prose snippets that seem almost poetic, we meet an unnamed female who is taken by Boko Haram in the mass kidnapping of 2014. The hardest part of reading this book was watching this happy and intelligent young woman be dealt such a terrible hand. If she had been kidnapped on page one, it wouldn't have been nearly as impacting. I feel like this book created a brilliant image of the horrors those...
  • Amy
    This was the most incredible but most difficult book I've ever read. I'm so glad I now know this story, but I don't think my mental health was in a strong enough place. But it was phenomenal and will stay with me my whole life.
  • Catherine Boddie
    Heartbreaking and hard but important.
  • Claudia Silk
    I learned more from this book about the situation in northern Nigeria and the Boko Haram than any news reporting. This is a heart breaking and beautiful book about one girl and her desire to get educated, get married and bring good things to her village. Instead she is kidnapped and her world is turned upside down. The author does an amazing job with this book and it is based on many interviews with actual girls that have been kidnapped and their...
  • Jessica Lewis
    Powerful. Haunting. More thoughts to come.
  • Linda Quinn
    A really powerful middle grade novel told from the point of view of a teenaged girl abducted by the Boko Haram. The chapters are almost poetic in their short lengths that speak to us in the voice of one young woman who has to learn to survive through terror and abuse, who refuses to let the poison of the Boko Haram message filter into her spirit. Its easy to imagine this story taking place hundreds of years ago; it’s unthinkable that it is happ...
  • Megan
    “What if all the legends surrounding Boko Haram are true? What happens to all the girls and women they cause to disappear? Do they end up in another world strange and new, or do they simply become nothing?”What a powerful book! I read it in less than 24 hours, unable to sleep until I knew what happened to the narrator. It’s harrowing, full of trauma, but so exceptionally well written.The novel starts in the village of an unnamed narrator. I...
  • Jennifer Laseman
    Such a bold choice to make the Boko Haram kidnapping of young girls and forced conversion and marriage the subject of a middle grade novel. Nwaubani doesn’t diminish or soften the truth of what her main protagonist is experiencing as a young girl bursting to break through gender based cultural restrictions before her kidnapping, nor after her abduction, as she relates all her protagonist must go through to survive. I love that she has that kind...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    In a Nigerian village a girl has dreams of a university degree that a prestigious government scholarship could actually give her. Just as she wins the scholarship however, Boko Haram, a terrorist group, attacks her village. Her brothers and father are killed along with the other men in the village. The girls are all taken by Boko Haram and are subjected to listen to the radical Islamic beliefs of the terrorist group. The girls who were captured a...
  • Zachary Morris
    I got an ARC copy of this book rom the library through this summer reading event. Because I read 5 books an wrote a review for each of them I was able to choose 2 books from the library I wanted to keep and this was one of them.Having chosen this book, I would like to say that it was truly amazing and I am so glad that I chose it as one of my books. At first glance it looked like an easy read, and it was physically, but mentally this book had me ...
  • Maria
    The most overwhelming feeling I have upon finishing this book is that I'm just so glad it exists. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is about Boko Haram and the many girls and children they have abducted to their cause since 2009. You may recall in 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female students from their dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria. Because of the large number of girls that were kidnapped, the crisis finally garnered international attention and...
  • Sarah
    3.5*I received a digital review copy from Edelweiss* This is an incredibly important and powerful story. In the news it feels like the Boko Haram does not exist because it is not talked about, but they do exist and what the girls went through is still real and greatly affecting their lives. It was interesting to read about a different culture. I feel I learned a lot about Nigerian people from this book. I do think the beginning dragged a little....
  • Lena
    I started reading this book yesterday at the bookstore and I said I would only be there for 30 minutes, but by the time I caught myself I was so many chapters in. I came home and immediately downloaded it on my iPad. This book is beautifully written from start to finish. It is a difficult subject, that I must admit I heard back when the abductions happened, but once the news coverage dwindled I was to scared to look into it. It is like stepping i...
  • kelly
    "Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree" gives voice to one of the hundreds of Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The internet launched a campaign in response, with the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag going viral around the large-scale kidnapping of girls at a government school in the Borno State of Nigeria in 2014. Although the hashtag brought awareness to the plight of the girls, what many may not know is that the 2014...
  • Chelsey
    The characterization and writing style of Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is phenomenal. The unnamed narrator has a strong voice, dreams, desires and an entire quirky family that she loves before the men of Boko Haram kidnap her and destroy her life. The writing style transports you to Nigeria, with its idioms, traditions and sense of community. It gives you a glimpse at the soul of the narrator, who is very present in her life in rural Nigeria.Bu...