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.--from the publisher
272 pages 978-1484787649 Ages 9-13
********** T'Challa, the young prince, is the 12-year old son of the Black Panther. He and his best friend M'Baku spend hours outwitting each other in the jungles of Wakanda - a technologically advanced African nation that is the keeper of highly powerful substance.
But when politics start making Wakanda a dangerous place, the two boys are sent to school on the South Side of Chicago. M'Baku falls under the spell of basketball and a gang leader who offers him pride, a better self-image and possibly even some power. M'Baku turns his back on his friend and it's up to T'Challa to fight to bring his friend back to a better place.
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