Shuri: A Black Panther Novel

Scholastic. May 2020. 272p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338585476.
Gr 5-7–Princess Shuri takes center stage in this action-packed novel from Stone. Challenge Day is about to arrive in Wakanda and the heart-shaped herb has been poisoned. While no one doubts that T’Challa will be victorious and the herb won’t be needed to create a new Black Panther should someone defeat him, Shuri, 13, can’t help but worry. She’s been told that female warriors don’t challenge the sitting Black Panther but become Dora Milaje, his protectors. Shuri sets off on a covert mission with her best friend and Dora Milaje–in-training, K’Marah, to find the source of the poison and figure out how to reverse its effects. With help from Storm of X-Men, Shuri and K’Marah must figure out a way to save Wakanda from its enemies. Known especially for her intelligence in the Marvel universe, Shuri does not disappoint and will delight readers with her showcasing of her lab and her inventions, including the Panther Mobile, later renamed the Predator. Interspersed throughout the narrative are Shuri’s Mission Log notes.
VERDICT Recommended for Black Panther fans and newcomers alike, this is a first purchase for all collections.

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