Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
In the northern Ooni Kingdom fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumoured to have special powers. Thirteen year old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal kid—she grows her own flora computer; has mirrors sewn onto her cloths; and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle.
But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki, Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, isn't afraid of her—even when something unusual begins happening to her—something that definitely makes her different.
The two friends determine to investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari's life is endangered, Zahrah must face her worst fears all by herself, including the very thing that makes her different.