A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a strong female main character with a passion for science, life. Story offers an opportunity to discuss colonialism.
Girls can be proud of being intelligent and excelling in sciences. Friendships can blossom between unlikely people.
Positive Role Models
Shuri is brave, resourceful, and confident, perhaps overly so. She chafes under her mother's watchful eye but is respectful of her. She admires her brother but is careful not to fawn over him. She's a strong female main character who's fascinated by the sciences -- a positive role model for middle grade readers.
Violence & Scariness
The level of violence is low: some hand-to-hand combat, an invasion viewed at a distance, a shoot-out. Injuries are minor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shuri: A Black Panther Novel continues the adventures of the Black Panther's younger sister, Shuri. Written by Nic Stone (Clean Getaway) the novel follows the highly intelligent main character on a quest to save a sacred herb. The level of violence is low: some hand-to-hand combat, an invasion viewed at a distance, a shoot-out. Injuries are minor. There's no swearing, sex, drugs, or alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
The comics boom has introduced a more diverse selection of superheroes, and this fast-moving solo adventure of a popular supporting player has plenty of appeal. Shuri: A Black Panther Novel spotlights a young African princess as she questions authority and pursues her own goals. More dialogue-driven than many superhero sagas, Shuri is sharp and amusing, with a couple of action sequences that seem to drag just a little. Marvel fans will appreciate some surprise guest stars. Shuri is probably best read after viewing the movie, but newcomers to Wakanda will find plenty to enjoy.
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