Shuri (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1)

by Nic Stone (Author)

Shuri (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1)

From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes an all-new upper middle grade series based on one of the Marvel Universe's break-out characters Shuri, from Black Panther!

An original, upper-middle-grade series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T'Challa's younger sister, Shuri! Crafted by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone.

Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she's also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda.

For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Much like Vibranium, the Heart-Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are dying. No matter what the people of Wakanda do, they can't save them. And their supply is running short. It's up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it, in the first volume of this all-new, original adventure.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 5-7—Princess Shuri takes center stage in this action-packed novel from Stone. Challenge Day is about to arrive in Wakanda and the heart-shaped herb has been poisoned. While no one doubts that T'Challa will be victorious and the herb won't be needed to create a new Black Panther should someone defeat him, Shuri, 13, can't help but worry. She's been told that female warriors don't challenge the sitting Black Panther but become Dora Milaje, his protectors. Shuri sets off on a covert mission with her best friend and Dora Milaje-in-training, K'Marah, to find the source of the poison and figure out how to reverse its effects. With help from Storm of X-Men, Shuri and K'Marah must figure out a way to save Wakanda from its enemies. Known especially for her intelligence in the Marvel universe, Shuri does not disappoint and will delight readers with her showcasing of her lab and her inventions, including the Panther Mobile, later renamed the Predator. Interspersed throughout the narrative are Shuri's Mission Log notes. VERDICT Recommended for Black Panther fans and newcomers alike, this is a first purchase for all collections.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly

At 13, Princess Shuri has already accomplished so much as a scientist that she's on the path to becoming Wakanda's minister of technology and advancement. Even with all of her achievements, though, her mother and T'Challa--her brother, king of Wakanda and the current Black Panther--still treat Shuri like a child who doesn't truly understand the propriety required of her. When the heart-shaped herb that ignites the Black Panther's powers begins rapidly dying, Shuri is appalled at her family's surprising lack of urgency regarding the problem. Frustrated, she and K'Marah, a protector in training, set off on a secret mission to find what's killing the plants and how to stop it before the last herb dies out forever. Girl power reigns supreme in this novel companion to the Black Panther universe, and Stone (Clean Getaway) engagingly portrays the mind of a genius, teenage princess (complete with mission log-esque journal entries). In Stone's handling, Shuri takes center stage and exhibits her intelligence, wit, and unique strengths while showing that a princess is more than enough to save a nation. Ages 9-12. (May)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for Shuri: A Black Panther Novel

"The combination of best-selling Stone and the scene-stealing Shuri from the blockbuster Black Panther is a match made in high-demand heaven." — Booklist, starred review

"Shuri does not disappoint and will delight readers with her showcasing of her lab and her inventions... Recommended for Black Panther fans and newcomers alike, this is a first purchase for all collections."— School Library Journal, starred review

"An enjoyable romp . . . " — Kirkus
Nic Stone
NIC STONE is the New York Times bestselling author of Clean Getaway, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, who called it "an absolute firecracker of a book." She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling and William C. Morris Award finalist Dear Martin, its New York Times bestselling sequel Dear Justyce, and the acclaimed novels Odd One Out and Jackpot for teens.
Nic spent several years on the softball field as a kid, and Fast Pitch grew out of her love of the sport and the movie The Sandlot, and her desire to see more Black female athletes represented on the field and on the page. Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family. You can find her online at
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Scholastic Inc.
Publication date
May 20, 2020
Shuri: A Black Panther Novel

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