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Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Wakanda teen fights NY gentrification in thoughtful fantasy.

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Few comics heroes engage in diplomacy, but this thoughtful fish-out-of-water tale emphasizes community activism over punching. National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi focuses on a secondary character to good effect, showing Okoye's change from a gung-ho new recruit to a more nuanced community activist.

There are a few superhero-ish episodes, but Okoye to the People remains realistic in its setting and plot. Fans of Black Panther might not expect what the author delivers, but most are likely to enjoy the outspoken Wakandan as she struggles on behalf of truth and justice.

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