I received this book for free from Disney Books and Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Black Panther: Spellbound by Ronald L. Smith
Published by Disney Electronic Content on February 1, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic, Juvenile Fiction / Superheroes
Format: ARC, Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Disney Books and Rockstar Book Tours
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The second book in the hit Young Prince series from Ronald L. Smith, recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. I'm T'Challa. The Prince of Wakanda. Son of T'Chaka. And one day, I will wear the mantle. Thirteen-year-old T'Challa can't wait to go back to America to visit his friends Sheila and Zeke, who are staying with Sheila's grandmother in Beaumont, a small Alabama town, over their summer break. He's thrilled to be on vacation away from his duties as the Prince of Wakanda for a few weeks, and he's taking full advantage of his access to the amazing food and the South's rich history. But as T'Challa continues to explore the town, he finds that a man who goes by the ordinary name of Bob happens to be everywhere he is—and T'Challa begins to think it's no coincidence. When residents of the town begin flocking to Bob's strange message, and a prominent citizen disappears, the Young Prince has no choice but to intervene. T'Challa and his friends start to do their own sleuthing, and before long, the three teens find themselves caught in a plot involving a rare ancient book and a man who's not as he seems. Swept up in a fight against an unexpected and evil villain, T'Challa, Sheila, and Zeke must band together to save the people of Beaumont . . . before it's too late. Complete your middle grade collection with these best-selling fan favorites:Black Panther: The Young Prince (Book 1 in The Young Prince Series) by Ronald L. SmithThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean HaleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon and Dean HaleTristan Strong series by Kwame MbaliaPercy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Blog Tour and Giveaway
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BLACK PANTHER THE YOUNG PRINCE: SPELLBOUND by Ronald L. Smith Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Make sure to enter the giveaway!
Black Panther: Spellbound was a great adventure story about three friends battling evil. If you are into the Marvel universe and Black Panther story, this is a perfect read. The characters have been made middle school age, so everything doesn’t align perfectly with the Marvel Universe of the movies. But you will see references to other characters in the universe.
This is the second book in the series. Book one is Black Panther: The Young Prince. That one is set in Chicago. I haven’t read that one, but I plan too now.
This story is set in Beaumont, Alabama during the trio’s summer break. They are staying with Sheila’s grandmother for what is supposed to be a 3-week vacation with friends, family and food. When the trio attend a rally protesting a confederate statue, they encounter a mysterious man named Bob, who has a way with words…
If you have a late elementary or middle-school aged boy who you are trying to get to read more or are looking for books for them to read, check this series out.
I loved the friendship between T’Challa, Sheila and Zeke. They were really a team as well as friends. They stuck together and it was nice to seem them work together to solve the mystery.
Zeke had me chuckling. I think that boy ate his way through an entire southern cuisine menu! Everytime his name is mentioned, it felt like it was being paired with shrimp and grits or bbq or southern chili. He had me hungry! While T’Challa is wondering what grits are, I’m over here salivating and thinking about cooking them for breakfast!
This book could easily be translated into an animated movie for kids. I would be all over that! I hate to be corny, but I just kept thinking about Scooby Doo and the gang trying to find out the mystery and he villain who is trying to get them all. Mystery cartoons are my fave!
I listened to the audiobook, as well as read the physical book. Thank you to NetGalley for providing a gifted copy. The audiobook is a treat! I love that the narrator Dion Graham, incorporated the Wakandan accent. It made it so much fun to listen to and made the characterization of the voices distinct. I have Mr. Graham on my list of audiobook narrators to be on the lookout for now. If you have a student or child who you are trying to get to read, I think the audiobook would be a nice hook for them.
About Ronald L. Smith:
Ronald L. Smith is an award-winning writer of children’s literature including the middle grade novels Black Panther: The Young Prince, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come To Take Us Away, and Gloomstown, a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Hoodoo, earned him the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association. Before he became a full-time writer, he worked in advertising and wrote TV commercials for big corporations. He is much happier writing books for young people.
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The first book circulates well in my library, and I have the second on my next order list. Smith does some fun work. Thanks for the review.
That is so awesome! I hope they like this one just as much!