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The young prince / Ronald L. Smith.

By: Smith, Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard), 1959-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Marvel, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Edition: First edition.Description: 264 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781484787649 (hardback); 1484787641.Subject(s): Black Panther (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction | Superheroes -- Juvenile fiction | Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Father and child -- Juvenile fiction | Good and evil -- Juvenile fiction | Children's stories | Africa -- Juvenile fiction | Chicago (Ill.) -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Action and adventure fiction.DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger. This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa - the young prince. Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father - the reigning Black Panther - or testing out the latest tech, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T'Challa's father makes a startling announcement: he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to school in America.
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Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger. This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa - the young prince. Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father - the reigning Black Panther - or testing out the latest tech, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T'Challa's father makes a startling announcement: he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to school in America.

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Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger. This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa - the young prince. Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father - the reigning Black Panther - or testing out the latest tech, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T'Challa's father makes a startling announcement: he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to school in America.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Twelve-year-old T'Challa, Prince of the warrior nation Wakanda, is content to spend his days running races, playing games, and getting into mischief with his best friend M'Baku. But he is also quite aware of his destiny. Wakanda is a technologically advanced African land, once struck by a meteor that brought with it a material so strong it had no equal. The material, called Vibranium, is now a much-desired resource and there are many who would fight to possess its power. T'Challa's father, also known as the Black Panther, is King of Wakanda and the descendant of the great warrior Bashenga who protected the isolated nation from evil spirits when the meteor struck. Prompted by rumors of an invasion, his father summons T'Challa and tells him he will be sent away to Chicago along with his friend M'Baku. There, he will be safe until the uprising is settled. But the south side of Chicago is a far cry from Wakanda, and South Side Middle School has its own demons. Faced with making new friends while hiding his true identity, T'Challa must also deal with a bully, Gemini Jones, who has a few secrets of his own, one of which may challenge T'Challa to choose between his best friend and his destiny. Energetic, fast-paced, and adventurous, this volume will keep readers riveted. VERDICT Fans of the Marvel Universe will be thrilled to read about this superhero at the very beginning of his calling. A must-purchase for all collections.-Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

All 12-year-old T'Challa has ever known is Wakanda an isolated, futuristic African nation, made rich by its best-kept secret, a rare metal called Vibranium. Someday T'Challa will rule as king and protect his homeland as the Black Panther, a mantle earned along with the title of king. However, it's a shock to learn that war might come to Wakanda, and his father sends him and his best friend, M'Baku, away to Chicago to stay safe. Once there, T'Challa and M'Baku find that there is just as much danger at South Side Middle School as there is in Wakanda. Smith's world building is leisurely, preoccupied with solving the mystery of the Skulls, a growing voodoo cult at the school. However, Smith does a thorough job of weaving in comic book nods, African American history, and gadgets, skillfully pairing it all with a sense of creeping dread before the decisive finale. Action fans might not find much punching and kicking; however, they will be sucked into the novel's supernatural mystery.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2017 Booklist

Horn Book Review

In this origin story, future Black Panther T'Challa is twelve and attending middle school in Chicago while his father the king deals with a hostile invasion of Wakanda. From this unlikely premise Smith weaves a taut and nuanced tale as T'Challa must keep his identity secret, negotiate a new culture, make friends, and uncover and foil the scheme of a dangerous dark-magic cult. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

T'Challa, I've got a feeling we're not in Wakanda anymore.In his latest, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author Smith (Hoodoo, 2016) weaves an origin tale of T'Challa, the prince of the African Wakanda people who becomes the superhero Black Panther. Readers meet T'Challa while he's still a preteen, racing through the forests of his homeland with his best friend, M'Baku, by his side. There is unrest in Wakanda, however, and to protect his son from harm, the king sends T'Challa and M'Baku to South Side Middle School in Chicago under aliases, giving them a chance to learn about the outside world. While the overall story is well-paced, readers do not spend long enough in Wakanda for T'Challa's pre-Chicago character to fully solidify. The novel ably depicts the pressure both boys feel to assimilate into American culture and nicely teases out the tensions and jealousies that simmer below the surface of their friendship. M'Baku, out of T'Challa's princely shadow for the first time, is in danger of losing himself, while T'Challa must find an identity separate from that which his royal status affords him. At times, the boys' naivet about American cultureplayed for laughsstrains credulity. The tale's most profound sections show T'Challa grappling with American racial history and the complications inherent in being perceived to be African-American.An entertaining thrill that leaves readers wanting more. (Fantasy. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.