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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.
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About the Author
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 Gloom Town, a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Hoodoo, earned him the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the International Literacy Association Award for Intermediate Fiction. 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. Follow him on Twitter @RonSmithBooks or Instagram at @ronsmithwriter.
Wakandan prince T’Challa, with the help of his friends, uncovers mysteries and faces new foes. T’Challa, the 13-year-old prince of Wakanda, continues his adventures in America in this second entry in the Young Prince series. This time he is visiting Alabama with his Chicago friends, Sheila and Zeke. Staying with Sheila’s grandmother Miss Rose, the three are excited about all the fun activities they will partake in over the summer. But their revelry quickly gets interrupted thanks to a strange figure T’Challa encounters on multiple occasions, an acrobat called the Amazing Bob. Immediately, T’Challa gets a strange feeling about Bob, sensing that things are not what they seem with him. It turns out that the prince’s instincts are correct, as Bob is really Achebe, a politician with seemingly irresistible charm who has been wielding his power to influence the townspeople. Achebe has devious plans that require T’Challa’s unwitting participation and a spell book called the Book of Sins. It’s up to the young Wakandan and his friends to figure out and foil his plot before it’s too late and an irreversible price is paid. Smith delivers an action-filled story of friendship, youthful curiosity, and exploration that centers Black kids and is layered with anecdotes and storylines that highlight themes of social justice and power. Superhero fans will be satisfied by this latest installment. (Fantasy. 8-13)——Kirkus Reviews