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Shuri: A Black Panther Novel

(Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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 S
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Scholastic Inc.
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I really struggled between 2 and 3 stars for this one. I'm trying to keep in mind that I'm not the target audience for a middle grade book, but I found myself a bit disappointed by Shuri. The plot was familiar ground: Shuri struggles to feel understood in a society that values men over women, strength over intelligence. The adults in her life, especially her mother, expect her to be a perfect princess rather than use her brain to contribute to her country, and she isn't taught anything about Wak ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
3.5 stars

Shuri is a fun middle grade novel focusing on the Princess of Wakanda who all too often is seen only as Black Panther's little sister. A self-proclaimed science/tech nerd, Shuri is constantly working on new inventions and designing upgrades for T'Challa's suit.

Now she's discovered that the heart shaped herb essential to the survival of Wakanda and the power of the Black Panther is dying at an alarming rate. She sets out with her Dora-in-training BFF to discover what's killing the powerf
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish, arc
DNF @ 10%. Okay, I went into this open minded— but Shuri just ripped ass in front of an entire room full of Wakandan officials. For no reason other than to make the reader giggle at how juvenile it is. What even is this book?? Shuri?? Nah, this ain’t her; or at least not the Shuri I want to read about. It seems like Stone really tried here, but I don’t understand degrading Shuri with fart jokes. This may be juvenile fiction, but... does it have to be so juvenile? I hope young girls find the Shur ...more
This warmed my Wakandian loving heart!!!

Stone did a fantastic job of delving into Shuri's life as princess of Wakanda. Shuri was one of my favorite characters from Black Panther and I was happy to hear she was getting her own series. I loved Shuri motivationally driven love and hard-headedness mischievous missions she and her Dora, M'Karah, devised to save Wakanda and the heart-shaped herb.

There were also guest appearances from the lovely Storm (I anticipated her mention after watching an inst
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the mix between the cinematic Shuri and Stone's own style and wit - I'm hoping for more books in the series! ...more
Review on my blog, The Reading Fairy
The Vanished: ?/5

TW: Mention of colonizers and colonization, fantasy violence, misogyny
Rep: Black (East African) cast

“No need to send a king when a princess will do.”

Frankly, I am surprised no one noticed that Nic Stone was publishing a series with Shuri as the main character. Like why did no one tell me that? I’m so upset, because I should have read this sooner, because it’s Black Panther and I adore the movie! Mostly for the fact that it has practical
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like Marvel stories, I would highly recommend Shuri. If you like whip smart dialogue, Shuri is for you! If you are looking for a cool sci-fi thriller, then might I recommend Shuri by Nic Stone. Seriously, what a fun story that I hope finds a large audience.
Book 44 of 2021

I loved Shuri a lot since watching Black Panther. Now, I love her so much more. She's such an amazing and brave heroine, with a lot of humor and tricks up her sleeve. When I watched Black Panther, one of my favorite Shuri lines was "WHAT ARE THOSE?!". It made me laugh so hard and I'm so glad Nic Stone was able to embody that humor and so many parts of Shuri that I love in this book.

This is a Middle Grade novel so we get to see a younger Shuri than was introduced to us in the movie
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I continue to be happy that Marvel (and DC) are putting out these prose novels with good, often #OwnVoices authors. This was a great fit, I loved the humor Nic Stone brought to Shuri as well as the brilliance + naivete as Shuri starts to contemplate the world outside Wakanda.

This is a middle grade novel--great for tween readers and some older tweens (and adults) who love the character. (I saw some reviews complaining about the "juvenile" humor and like..............yeah. It's for kids. Shuri's
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Nic Stone! The audiobook of this was amazing. Such a fun read and a great addition to the marvel universe!
Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-voices
Wakanda forever. That was the final line in this novel and the grin that I had on my face as those words were uttered is akin to the smile I had upon first seeing the movie.
Reading this was both a blast of nostalgia and a whole new experience (character and plot included). There were the familiar characters that we come to expect from the Black Panther world, but then there was a major inclusion that gave my heart the biggest squeeze (view spoiler)
Lauren Stoolfire
Shuri really stole the show for me in Black Panther, so I was really excited to read Nic Stone's older MG/ younger YA novel set shortly before her first appearance in the MCU. Nice Stone does a great job bringing her to Shuri to life and tonally she's a great choice to write her story with what we already know of the character's personality from MCU. I was pleasantly surprised by the small role of Dr. Selvig and totally thrilled by the appearance Ororo, aka Storm of the X-Men. The only thing tha ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew the second I saw the words, Shuri + Black Panther, I knew it was going to be awesome

I knew the second that it was revealed Nic Stone was writing it, it was going to be good.

Proud to say, I was right. It was such a fun read, particularly the audiobook that's narrated by our very own Princess Tiana from Princess and the Frog, Anika Noni Rose
Toya (the reading chemist)
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shuri is brilliant, an inventor, a warrior, and a princess. She refuses to be treated like a child who belongs in the background. This story highlights Shuri’s amazing scientific abilities to solve problems and help save Wakanda from a looming threat.

The story is fast paced, filled with so many technological wonders (thanks to Shuri’s brilliance), and really just highlights Black excellence. I can’t wait to jump into book two!
Kavitha Sivakumar
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ir-armchair-2020
3.5 stars. The first half is so-so. The second half is good. As a marvel universe fan, I rarely read any comics/books. Also, I am interested in Shuri character very much after watching Black Panther. So intrigued by this book from her POV.

A feminist book with Shuri, K'Marah, Storm, and guess what, the villain is also a lady :)

Don't know about Storm being princess of Kenya. Need to look up.
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir-and-ebony
In this new middle grade action packed novel from writer extraordinaire Nic Stone, Shuri has only 5 days before Challenge Day to save the purple heart-shaped herb before it dies out completely! It is up to her to save the day and protect her kingdom while using her smarts and wits to resolve an issue that surprisingly no one else seems to care about except for her.

When the news first broke that this new book focusing on Shuri would be published, I was extremely excited and knew I had to get my h
Alana "Loni"
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Passed it on to a student and can't wait to hear what she thinks about it! ...more
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This is the sidekick hero that we need to read about!
Also this book is stunnnnnniinnnngggg. I mean look at that cover. It is giving me all the vibes and I am totally here for it!
Okay so straight off the bat, Black Panther isn’t one of the Marvel verse heroes that you don’t hear about that often. It generally isn’t a favourite and due to that, Shuri is also a character that get’s left behind
Grace W
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
(c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) This was a fun take on Shuri and great for fans of the character. I thought the plot could have been a little tighter and also that the side characters could have used some more depth. But it has a lot of cameos from Marvel characters that both were and weren't in the MCU (X-men don't count as MCU folks). I was hoping to love this and while I liked it very much I didn't love it all that much. Still, it's a solid story with a great direction for the character ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
While I think the story behind this was pretty decent the characters just didn't feel right. Shuri just wasn't as savvy as we've seen her in the MCU and sometimes she came across as quite immature. Secondary characters, especially the mother, definitely came across as too exaggerated, and almost pantomime like.

I know this is for middle grade readers so I am definitely not the target audience but I was hoping for a little more.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent middlegrade novel about Shuri from Black Panther. Nic Stone perfectly captures Shuri’s voice and made me feel like I was in Wakanda! The narrator is Anika Noni Rose (the voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog!) and she is fantastic. I had a lot of fun listening to this and recommend it.
Beth Honeycutt
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think students (and other Wakanda fans) would like this story.
R. L. Carlo
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Official Rating:
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
It's time for the yearly challenge of the Black Panther. But when a blight strikes the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives the Black Panther their powers, the only one who may be able to solve the problem is Shuri. Shuri is a skilled martial artist, and a genius of science and technology. She's also extremely isolated as the sister to the Black Panther, T'Challa. Shuri brings her only friend, and possible best friend, K'Marah along with her as the investigate what is happening to the Herb.

I absolutely
It was...okay. I think I hold Nic Stone to such a high standard that maybe this is unfair, but it just didn't hold up for me. I was quite bored.

I would still pick up another one, though, to see if it gets better.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 1 was surprisingly a fun read and took me out of my reading slump. It's an upper-middle school novel, think 8th grade, but Nic Stone doesn't dumb down the language because Shuri is a science and engineering prodigy. I believe adults would enjoy the techno-babble and science-fiction gadgets. Stone stays true to the essence of Shuri. Her voice rings out and clear on every page. Oh, and the incomparable Anika Noni Rose narrates the book! Her voice. That's it. That ...more
Alexis Scrima
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s more like 3.5. I really did enjoy this as I always love Nic Stone’s writing. Since it was a middle grade book I did find myself not being as engaged but I love that this book shows young girls that you can do anything and that they are smart and powerful! Always loved Shuri’s character and this brought some of the humor from the films as well. Great book for middle graders especially!
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shuri has been one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since she burst onto the screen. Nic Stone did an amazing job getting inside her young head. I especially enjoyed the development of her friendship with K'Marah. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-releases
YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU. *reopens my enthusiasm for everything Shuri and T’Challa*
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Shuri came to our attention over the summer, before the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, but in light of his loss I decided to wait a few months before posting this review.

It's printed with purple ink! Yes! Purple. Can it get any more...girly? And techie? And know what I mean.

Ok, on to the story. This is Shuri's story and it takes place right before T'Challa goes out to face the Jabari tribe's challenger (in the movie, remember?).

Something is killing the purple flower, the plant
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Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these d ...more

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