Dazzling by Chikodili Emelumadu Published: 16 Feb 2023
Treasure and her mother lost everything when Treasure's daddy died.
Haggling for scraps in the market, Treasure meets spirit who promises to bring her father back - but she has to do something for him first.
Ozoemena has an itch in the middle of her back that can't be scratched.
An itch that speaks to her patrilineal destiny, to defend the land and her people by becoming a leopard. Her father impressed upon her what an honour this was before he vanished, but it's one she couldn't want less - she has enough to worry about as she tries to fit in at a new school.
But as the two girls reckon with their burgeoning wildness and the legacy of decisions made by their fathers, Ozoemena's fellow students start to vanish. Treasure and Ozoemena will face terrible choices as each must ask herself: in a world that always says 'no' to women, what must two young girls sacrifice to get what is theirs?