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
ISBN9780062696724
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Africa, Realistic Fiction
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Reviews Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    1970-01-01
    Wow, I learnt so much reading this. The world can be such a horrible place :(
  • Kaya
    1970-01-01
    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....
  • Book Concierge
    1970-01-01
    This young-adult novel tells the story of the “stolen girls” of northern Nigeria, where the militant terrorist group Boko Haram has been burning villages, kidnapping the young girls, and slaughtering the rest of the residents. The author gives the reader a vivid picture of life in a small Nigerian village. The unnamed narrator is a young girl who excels at school, and dreams of new shoes, going to university, marrying a good husband – the k...
  • KC
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Carlos
    1970-01-01
    I’m glad I read this book, it opened up a perspective that I wasn’t privy too, so many things happen around the world and so many realities that are not our own get ignored that I think for anyone to read this book it is a a great accomplishment on its own . I also agree that not many teens will pick this one on their own and that beyond a “special school project “ this book might get ignored, maybe that’s enough reason for this book to...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    This is a fictional account based on the Chibok school girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014. It's so sad and distributing to think that this happened so recently and that many of the girls are still missing. It was very well written and I thought the author did a good job of helping the reader understand why some of the girls would choose to stay with their kidnappers and not try to escape.Popsugar 2019 Challenge - A book wit...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    1970-01-01
    Trigger Warning: sexual assault, rape, assault, murder, forced starvation, slavery, poverty, suicide bombing, brainwashing, extremist religionFor the Chosen Generation of girls in Nigeria, life appeared to be everything better than what their mothers had had. Now they had a chance to attend university, to wear new, shiny shoes, a decent job, enough food and a husband.Then Boko Haram came and took it away.~Inspired by the abduction of 276 girls a ...
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    4.5.
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    Public library copyOur main character, an unnamed girl being raised in a Nigerian village with five brothers, has big dreams for herself. She works very hard in school and hopes that she wins a scholarship. She and her best friend Sarah also watch a lot of Nollywood films about young me in arranged marriages to village girls who instead are secretly in love with female students at the university where they study. Sarah seems to just enjoy the rom...
  • Kaleah
    1970-01-01
    A solid 4 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐I had not kept up with the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria since the Bring Our Girls Back campaign surfaced several years ago. This book, however, prompted me to do some additional research. The men loyal to the Boko Haram movement used tactics of starvation, physical and sexual assault, jealousy, and brainwashing to control the young girls and women they kidnapped, and at times were successful in radicalizing them. The...
  • Jen Brodehl
    1970-01-01
    2.5 Stars- I didn’t love the writing style with the very short and choppy chapters. But I did appreciate learning about this horrible event in Nigeria. So devastating. I would’ve liked a story that goes deeper into the details to feel more connected to the characters.
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Powerful and so, so sad.The format really helped to emphasize the agony of the story.
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jen Widmer
    1970-01-01
    This is a fictionalized account of a girl kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria. It was written to bring attention to the hundreds of women and girls abducted. The novel is written as a series of diary-like entries from a young girl and talks about her everyday life, her education, the fear of Boko Haram as they ramp up attacks in her area, and her eventual abduction and time as a slave in a Boko Haram camp. Though t...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    It's not too often that a book makes me angry and sad at the same time. This is a YA novel that deals with the kidnapping of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. The author does an excellent job of explaining how this came to be, what life in Nigeria is like for young girls, and the coexistence and clash of Christians and Muslims in Africa. Told from the perspective of a young girl, the reader is given a realistic account of her life before, during, and...
  • Kelli
    1970-01-01
    The afterword was gripping. The actual novel not so much. Only because it failed to individualize the kidnapped girls. Young girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram but not before they were forced to watch their loved ones get slaughtered— While western news focused on The Latest Who The Hell Cares? The kidnapped girls’ daily life of indentured servitude consisted of Brutal rapes, torture and witnessing more death. Their bright futures were robbed...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    Since the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school made news, I have often wondered what happened to the girls who weren't released. I had no idea of the extent of Boko Haram's terrorism. This is tough subject matter, but it isn't especially graphic. The author adds a lengthy afterword with details regarding her research into this tragedy. I thought the non-fiction information in the afterword was even more valuable than the story itself.
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    In a Nigerian village, a young teen dreams about a new pair of shoes. She hopes her father's crops keep the family fed with a little left over to pay her school fees. She dreams that she will earn a scholarship to study at the university. She has such potential. But Boko Haram storms into the village at midnight, slaughtering villagers, and stealing girls and very young boys.This girl's dreams have turned to nightmares. Based on true events and t...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    Such a great book. I was able to fly through it because the author wrote in short journal-like entries. It was well written. The end of the book had a lengthy explanation on how she came to the story and the history of the events which I really appreciated since I hadn't known much about it.
  • Dan Allbery
    1970-01-01
    Profound and heart-wrenching. I NEED others to read this book so I can discuss it with them.Told through short vignettes, Nwaubani beautifully-crafted something utterly vivid and tragic. This story exudes emotion and power, and shines a spotlight on the Chibok girls kidnapping crisis caused by Boko Haram in 2014. This book covers loss, assault, child soldiers, the effects of Stockholm syndrome, and even suicide bombing...and it does in a way for ...