Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. SmithBlack Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger.
This is his destiny. But right now, hes simply TChalla-the young prince.
Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old TChalla in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When hes not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father-the reigning Black Panther-or testing out the latest tech, hes off breaking rules with his best friend, MBaku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, TChallas father makes a startling announcement: hes sending TChalla and MBaku to school in America.
This is no prestigious private academy-theyve been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring to use only in case of an emergency, TChalla realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.
When strange things begin happening around school, TChalla sets out to uncover the source. But what he discovers in the process is far more sinister than he could ever have imagined. In order to protect his friends and stop an ancient evil, TChalla must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.
Black Panther: The Young Prince. He and his best friend M'Baku find being regular kids at middle school is challenging, and T'Challa is particularly troubled when M'Baku promptly ditches him for a group of tough guys rumored to be involved with the supernatural. This is a straightforward tale of good vs. The world building is achieved mostly through dialogue and short snippets of uncomplicated exposition, giving room for [End Page ] readers unfamiliar with the Marvel universe. The action is somewhat limited to a single battle, but there's plenty of intrigue and tension in T'Challa's hunt for the source of the dark magic and its connection to Wakanda. Fans will notice allusions to T'Challa's future adventures as the ruling Black Panther, but even the comic-book averse will relate to T'Challa's negotiating of middle-school dynamics and may also appreciate his cleverness as he faces down his enemies.
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