The Storymoja publishing company on Saturday launched a fantasy fiction novel Magic, authored by a thirteen year-old Joseph Bokea at a grand function held at the Goethe Institut Nairobi.
Joseph who is a student at Aga Khan Academy Nairobi, wrote his debut novel, which is first in an eight –part series, two years ago at the age of eleven. Speaking at the launch, the young author said he wrote the book because he wouldn’t find a suitable book to read on magical realism.
“I have always liked fantasy books but at that time I didn’t have any to read so I decided to write one to satisfy my curiosity. I was writing and reading it at the same,” Joseph said.
“I didn’t intend to have it published but when I read it to my brother he said it was good and that is how my father came to know about it. He told me he will take it to publishers and luckily Storymoja took it and published it this year.”
Magic, is a fantasy fiction novel about Joe who is adopted into a family of Green People. Other characters in the story are Oak and his sister Ivy, their mentor Master Leaf, and Emerald among others. The novel is about a world of wizards, Green People and magic. In a world where a lack of identity is seen as a threat to the species, Joe must decide whether he is human or alien, but at what cost?
The launch was graced by schools and influential personalities like Kisumu Senator, Prof. Ayang’ Nyong’o, musician and radio presenter Anto Neosoul, human rights activists John Githongo, Mshai Mwangola, the chair of the Kenya Cultural Centre and Kenya National Theatre, among others. Schools in attendance included Aga Khan, Marion School, Makini, and Loreto Msongari among others
Magic is published by Storymoja, a local publishing company committed to publishing contemporary African books of world-class standards. The book is available in bookshops countrywide at KES 400/-