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Book 1 in The Young Prince series by award-winning author Ronald L. Smith! 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.
This is no prestigious private academy—they’ve 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, T’Challa 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, T’Challa 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, T’Challa must take on the mantle of a hero, setting him on the path to becoming the Black Panther.
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Black Panther: Spellbound (Book 2 in The Young Prince Series) by Ronald L. Smith
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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon and Dean Hale
Tristan Strong series by Kwame Mbalia
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
About the Author
Ronald L. Smith is a former advertising writer and the author of Hoodoo, a southern gothic fantasy novel for young readers. He is the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. His second book, The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy, was released in February, 2017.
"A new king of adventure is crowned."—Eoin Colfer, best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series
"An entertaining thrill that leaves readers wanting more."—Kirkus Reviews
"Energetic, fast-paced, and adventurous, this volume will keep readers riveted...A must-purchase for all collections."—School Library Journal
"Smith has created a riveting tale about the young Black Panther, just in time for his new Marvel movie... A page turner with mystery, intrigue, secret societies, and typical middle school social life."—School Library Connection