Four Titles with Strong Women and Engaging Fantasy for Fans of 'Wakanda Forever' | Read-Alikes

Hand these books to tweens and teens who love Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

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While mourning their late ruler T’Challa, Wakanda’s new leaders navigate their way forward while dealing with political pressure from outside forces. This first Black Panther movie after Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020 is sure to have a wide viewership.


“Shuri” by Nic Stone. Scholastic. 2020.
Gr 5-7–This Marvel tie-in series stars 13-year-old Wakandan princess Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister, as she experiments in her lab and saves the world. Readers who love the strong women of the Black Panther universe will want to check out this series.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. Viking. 2011.
Gr 6-9–Twelve-year-old Sunny, an American-born Nigerian with albinism, has just moved to Nigeria with her family when she discovers that she has magical powers. Together with her new friends, she must develop her magical skills to protect her community from a supernatural serial killer. Fans of strong heroines and magic academies will enjoy this book and its two recent sequels, Akata Warrior (2017) and Akata Woman (2022).
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Henry Holt. 2018.
Gr 9 Up–King Saran of Orisha has done his best to rid his kingdom of magic by exterminating all magic practitioners and forcing them to live as servants and prisoners. Seventeen-year-old dark-skinned Zélie escapes the king and sets off on a quest to restore the magic of her people in this captivating fantasy set in a West African–inspired world. For fans of magical social justice.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. Balzer + Bray. 2020.
Gr 9 Up–Black teens Malik and Karina are enmeshed in courtly intrigue in this fast-paced high fantasy novel based on West African folklore. To save his younger sister from a djinn, Malik is charged with assassinating princess Karina. Meanwhile, Karina seeks a human sacrifice to fuel a spell that will bring her mother back from the dead, and her most likely target is Malik. Readers who enjoy political fantasy will relish this engrossing fantasy’s twists and turns.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the Floyd County Library in New Albany, IN.

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