An Ordinary Wonder

Buki Papillon


‘An Ordinary Wonder’ is the powerful coming of age story of an intersex twin, Oto, who is forced to live as a boy despite their heartfelt belief that they are a girl. Oto’s wealthy and powerful family is ashamed of their identity and treats Oto cruelly to ensure silence. The love from Oto’s twin sister wavers in a world of secrets and lies that seems determined to tear them apart, and Oto must make drastic choices that will alter the whole family’s lives for ever.

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Weight 0.58 kg
Dimensions 23.8 × 16 × 3.2 cm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


????? ‘OMG!!! This has to be my best book of the year!… Made me laugh and it made me cry!… So heartbreaking but inspiring at the same time. Loved it!’ Goodreads Reviewer

A powerful novel about an intersex Nigerian teenager and the courage to be yourself.

Raised as a boy in a grand but unhappy family in Nigeria, Otolorin Akinro escapes to boarding school knowing two things: she is truly a girl, and to stay safe, she must hide that truth.

Away from the cruelty of her childhood home, Oto blooms even as she strives to be the best boy she can, finding true friendship and working hard to earn a scholarship to an American university, hoping someone out there might help her understand the secrets her body holds.

But she cannot stay away forever. Back home for the holidays, though Oto and her beloved twin sister are overjoyed to see each other, their mother’s violence erupts once more and when a terrible incident rips their lives apart, Oto is left alone.

As her world goes up in flames, can Otolorin rebuild a life from the ashes of her true self?

An Ordinary Wonder is an utterly gripping, heartbreaking and uplifting coming-of-age story about family, identity, gender and culture and discovering your whole, true self. If you loved The Vanishing Half, The Girl with the Louding Voice or The Death of Vivek Oji, you’ll adore this moving book.

What readers are saying about An Ordinary Wonder:

????? ‘WOW!!!! I absolutely LOVED this book… A powerful, engrossing, sad, but also joyous book. I could not stop listening and reading once I started it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘This story was so sad!!!… Just broke my heart.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘One of the best, most beautiful and most incredible books I’ve ever read in my entire life.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘I thought I was going to make it all the way through to end of this book without crying. Turns out, I was very wrong… After the tears, you’re cheering with the characters all the way to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘Wow! This book is so totally awesome!… An amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘Moved me to tears but also filled me with hope. An emotional, heartbreaking read, with a plot that kept me gripped and stunning writing. I’m still thinking about this book months after reading it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

????? ‘Brilliant… The tension builds up and honestly the author squeezed every emotion out of me!‘ Reader review


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