Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.A new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband—these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship rig...

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....
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FloeticFlo
    Powerful and so, so sad.The format really helped to emphasize the agony of the story.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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....
  • Lizz DiCesare
    Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is told in short vignettes, which make it an addictive read. The story, while based on interviews, focuses on two fictional girls—best friends—who are kidnapped together, but ultimatley forced apart by Boko Haram.Throughout the book many difficult topics are addressed: forced marriages, suicide bombings, religious conversion (not by choice), gender-based restrictions, and sexual assault and harassment. Feminine ...
  • Chardon (dis.cat)
    I believe I'm not too far off when I say that: most Americans have very little knowledge about Boko Haram. This includes myself. Sure, we heard news clips here and there: terrorist cell, missing girls, rising death count, bad. But that's about it. We had no idea where these people came from, what they wanted, the full extent of what horrors they were inflicting on these people. None of it. So when I saw the synopsis for this novel, I requested it...
  • Just Reading Everything
    Poignant, powerful, heartbreaking, and, sadly, real. In April of 2014, Boko Haram gained national media attention when he kidnapped 276 girls from Chibok in Nigeria, 50 of who were able to escape. Although Nwaubani tells a story of a fictionalized girl, the events are true to reality. The nameless narrator of this story is determined to gain a government scholarship in order to attend university for free and help her family. But then her village ...
  • Anita Eti
    As a Nigerian American, this book really had such an impact on me. Even though you hear of the events occurring, it's hard to really picture as you go about in your air-conditioned house or workplace with most modern conveniences. Reading the experience of this young girl going through what she did was a wake-up call to me. I think everyone who's interested in whats going on in Nigeria, or even those who just want to be more compassionate should ...
  • Michelle Schultze
    I don't think I've ever read a story more potent than this one. Artistically stunning, but also delivering incredibly haunting subject matter. And the worst part—it's all real, all things that have happened in the past 3-4 years and are still happening now. This was a beautifully written, terribly important book. I can't wait until it comes out and the story can get the attention it deserves.
  • TJL
    Great book.Wonderful pacing, excellent narration and characters, and overall a very well-done and heartbreaking story.Highly recommend for anyone who enjoyed The Bite of the Mango. Or, if you enjoyed this book, check out that one.
  • Oceansword
    Stunning. It's horrifying to know that this happened to real girls and that hundreds remain missing.While this work is fiction, the facts that it is based around will haunt the reader long after you finish.
  • Emily
    WOW. Important, poignant, heart-breaking. The afterword adds excellent context/background info. Would be great as a high school book study in history or language arts classes.
  • Xandra O'Neill
    Powerfully told, which I may not have even been aware of until the tears unexpectedly rushed forth as I finished the book.
  • Morgan Young
    Beautifully but hauntingly written. A horrifying story about real-life horrifying events. Will hold on to you until the very end and not let go.
  • Cristin
    Wow. I'm shook.This book is powerful. The narration is perfect and I learned so much from it.
  • Kristen
    Excellent book. YA, easy to follow, but with such a deep story. Written through the eyes of girl kidnapped by Boko Haram.