A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Okoye to the People offers the opportunity to discuss how gentrification changes neighborhoods and economic inequality.
Communities can use peaceful strategies to preserve their neighborhoods.
Positive Role Models
Okoye takes her assignment very seriously, determined to protect the king and promote the agenda of Wakanda. She's brave, curious, and compassionate.
Okoye is from the hidden African kingdom of Wakanda, as are most of the characters in the novel. She works with mostly African American kids in Brooklyn. A blond real estate developer is the novel's chief antagonist.
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Violence & Scariness
Very little violence, especially considering that this is a superhero title. Kids use a drug that gives them pyro-kinetic powers, which leads to arson. Okoye uses martial arts moves and a hidden spear to neutralize some goons who try to grab her while she's working.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Okoye to the People is a prose spin-off from Black Panther comics and movies. Author Ibi Zoboi emphasizes activism over violence as Okoye helps the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville fend off real estate fraudsters. Okoye uses martial arts moves and a hidden spear to neutralize some goons who try to grab her while she's working. Kids use a drug that gives them pyro-kinetic powers, which leads to arson.
Is It Any Good?
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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