The Vanished: Shuri, A Black Panther Novel, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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African princess on engaging quest to rescue girl prodigies.

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Educational Value

Shows a strong female main character with a passion for science and life. Main plot involves female science prodigies. Story offers an opportunity to discuss colonialism.

Positive Messages

Given the chance, young women can accomplish great things. Through perseverance and determination comes mastery.

Positive Role Models

African princess 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. Shuri's friendship with K'Marah is an important aspect of the narrative.

Violence

Female students are being kidnaped, but with a low level of jeopardy. Plot climaxes in hand-to-hand combat and the use of "photon guns" without any injuries or casualties.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The VanishedShuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 2 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 rescue some apparently kidnaped female prodigies. The level of violence is low: some hand-to-hand combat and "photon blasts," without injuries. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymicsreadinterest April 24, 2021

NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST

PROS: First, I would like to acknowledge that it is great seeing more Wakandan life. And, seeing a girl running the show really is icing on the cake.
CONS: But... Continue reading

What's the story?

As THE VANISHED opens, princess Shuri is desperate to attend a conclave of experts in technology, but can go only if she receives top grades while training for a slot in Wakanda's security forces. She's distracted by her best friend's suspicions about missing young women from around the world. Shuri and K'Marah eventually sneak away from Wakanda to find the mysteriously absent girls.

Is it any good?

Comic-book movies are all the rage, and this girl-centric spin-off offers pleasures similar to the movie and graphic novels. Author Nic Stone concocts for The Vanished a plot that isn't strong on action but is full of enjoyable character moments. Shuri and K'Marah are an engaging duo, ready to head off on a half-baked adventure at a moment's notice, and their banter is fresh and actually funny. They make a strong case for the need to train girls in the sciences and tech. Fans of Marvel Comics will be rewarded by cameo appearances by some favorite superheroes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how The Vanished extends the details of a comic-book universe. Why do audiences like movies, books, and television shows that are connected by setting or characters?

  • How does the book use the cultures and mythology of Africa to tell a modern-day story? Why have there been fewer superheroes of color, and why is that number increasing?

  • Why is it important to give opportunities to young women who are interested in science and technology?

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