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Shuri and T'Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Pan Shuri and T'Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Panther. That is, until Soul Washing Day, one of the most important rituals of Wakandan society. When an argument between T’Challa and Shuri leads to one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroying the sacred ceremony site, chaos reigns instead of prosperity. Suddenly the people of Wakanda, including her mother the queen, are becoming sick! Could this be a curse from the ancestors? Desperate to save her mother, Shuri dives into research and finds an answer hidden deep in an ancient children's myth. It may be nothing more than a fantasy, but with the sickness spreading each day, the young princess must trust her instincts and travel deep into the mysterious Heartlands to save her family and her kingdom. Joining Shuri on her journey is none other than a meddling T’Challa. If Shuri and T’Challa can set aside their jealousy and resentment of each other long enough to survive this journey, they might just discover that they are far more powerful together than they could ever be apart. But if they can’t face their fears in the Heartlands and lift the so-called curse, it may not be just the end for their family, but the end of Wakanda as they know it. No pressure, right?


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Shuri and T'Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Pan Shuri and T'Challa set out to remove a curse from Wakanda in this action-packed, totally original graphic novel! Twelve-year-old Shuri is a lot of things. Scientist. Princess. All around cooler person than her pain-in-the-butt big brother T’Challa. Shuri knows she could do so much more to help Wakanda, but everyone is obsessed with the prince because he’s the next Black Panther. That is, until Soul Washing Day, one of the most important rituals of Wakandan society. When an argument between T’Challa and Shuri leads to one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroying the sacred ceremony site, chaos reigns instead of prosperity. Suddenly the people of Wakanda, including her mother the queen, are becoming sick! Could this be a curse from the ancestors? Desperate to save her mother, Shuri dives into research and finds an answer hidden deep in an ancient children's myth. It may be nothing more than a fantasy, but with the sickness spreading each day, the young princess must trust her instincts and travel deep into the mysterious Heartlands to save her family and her kingdom. Joining Shuri on her journey is none other than a meddling T’Challa. If Shuri and T’Challa can set aside their jealousy and resentment of each other long enough to survive this journey, they might just discover that they are far more powerful together than they could ever be apart. But if they can’t face their fears in the Heartlands and lift the so-called curse, it may not be just the end for their family, but the end of Wakanda as they know it. No pressure, right?

30 review for Shuri and T'Challa: Into the Heartlands (An Original Black Panther Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    This was a great middle grade graphic novel and it’s definitely something that I’m happy Marvel is doing in terms of making their characters and storylines more accessible to a younger audience. The story focuses on Shuri and T’Challa as they figure out what it means to be siblings while also discovering what it means to be a confident individual. What was most fascinating during my read of this was that I didn’t realize that they didn’t share the same mother. In this specific graphic novel, bot This was a great middle grade graphic novel and it’s definitely something that I’m happy Marvel is doing in terms of making their characters and storylines more accessible to a younger audience. The story focuses on Shuri and T’Challa as they figure out what it means to be siblings while also discovering what it means to be a confident individual. What was most fascinating during my read of this was that I didn’t realize that they didn’t share the same mother. In this specific graphic novel, both of T’Challa’s parents are dead and Shuri’s mother is queen and mother to them both. This inevitable plays a big role in the relationship between the two characters. I absolutely loved this element which played well into the character development. The story was fast paced and intriguing and complemented the art well. I adored the art and found it to be vibrant and full of life. Brown did an excellent job in terms of writing her first graphic novel. There wasn’t an over saturation of text and it was clear that she kept the potential artwork in mind while crafting the story. Overall, this was great read. I would love to read more adventures surrounding these two in middle grade graphic novel format.

  2. 4 out of 5

    em/zainab

    this book is by rosie, and its law that any book rosie writes, i must add 😌💗

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    4.5⭐ Wow! Amazing. I've never watched Black Panther so I read this with zero knowledge of the universe, but everything was easy to follow and so enjoyable. The world-building and characters are awesome! Shuri is a spirited protagonist that you can't help but root for and I love her relationship with T'Challa. Mustard the talking rat (sorry, jerboa) is sooo cute and funny! Not only is the story packed with fun action and surprising twists, it also has so much heart. I adore the lively artwork and br 4.5⭐ Wow! Amazing. I've never watched Black Panther so I read this with zero knowledge of the universe, but everything was easy to follow and so enjoyable. The world-building and characters are awesome! Shuri is a spirited protagonist that you can't help but root for and I love her relationship with T'Challa. Mustard the talking rat (sorry, jerboa) is sooo cute and funny! Not only is the story packed with fun action and surprising twists, it also has so much heart. I adore the lively artwork and bright colours, which will definitely appeal to its target audience of middle-graders. Purple, blue and green tones are used primarily, which felt super fitting. What a delightful and riveting graphic novel! Highly recommend to all ages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    i adored it. finished in one sitting because i was captivated by the story, the dialogue, the setting, and the illustrations. shuri is a brilliant scientist and she’s wiling to take the risk despite everyone’s rejection of her idea. the relationship with her brother, t’challa, isn’t the greatest but you can see how much love and care they have for one another.

  5. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    Read via library.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pearson

    Really good story about siblings and trusting and supporting each other

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    You can’t beat a bit of Black Panther! Into The Heartlands was great! Full of colour, messages about righting a wrong and trusty T’Challa and Shuri. This is perfect for fans of Marvel (young and old!). I loved seeing more of the relationship between the siblings. Would be great to read just before the new film comes out too!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emperor Katie

    I love the art so much

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    Neat! I'll link to my full review once it's posted on No Flying No Tights. Neat! I'll link to my full review once it's posted on No Flying No Tights.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Into the Heartlands begins with the ever important Soul Washing Day in Wakanda, and young Shuri and T’Challa kick off a series of events when they argue during the ceremony. The people of Wakanda begin falling sick including Shuri’s mother and Shuri starts to think her argument with T’Challa caused a curse to fall on their land. Determined to save the people of Wakanda, Shuri dives into her research and finds the key to healing everyone Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Into the Heartlands begins with the ever important Soul Washing Day in Wakanda, and young Shuri and T’Challa kick off a series of events when they argue during the ceremony. The people of Wakanda begin falling sick including Shuri’s mother and Shuri starts to think her argument with T’Challa caused a curse to fall on their land. Determined to save the people of Wakanda, Shuri dives into her research and finds the key to healing everyone but it will take her far from the palace and into the mysterious Heartlands. T’Challa joins her and the two enter the mythical Heartlands to find the very thing that will save Queen Ramonda and the rest of the ill Wakandans. The problem is, Shuri and T’Challa will have to stop bickering and start working together to find the cure but a powerful ancestor is looking for revenge and Shuri and T’Challa might fall into his trap! The popularity of Black Panther movie has shown that there is a large audience for more Shuri stories and Into the Heartlands is a perfect read for those who love graphic novels. Sibling rivalry means that Shuri and T’Challa are in constant competition but Into The Heartlands is an adventure story that has the siblings working together to save the people of their beloved country. It also brings some interesting themes into focus, like the banishment of a Wakandan community and the eventual reparations to bring them back into the Wakandan fold. Because I received an advance copy only a handful of pages are colorized but those illustrations capture the beautiful world of Wakanda. The attention to detail is impeccable as Shuri’s braids have texture and the scenes of the Soul Washing ceremony are beautiful with pops of bold teal and aqua to represent the water. Into the Heartlands isn’t only for Black Panther fans, it’s for any graphic novel lover who appreciates superhero prequels with diverse characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    ✨ Review ✨ INTO THE HEARTLANDS by author Roseanne A. Brown and illustrators Natacha Bustos, Dika Araújo, and Claudia Aguirre Black Panther is one of my favorite parts of the Marvel Universe, and Shuri is the bomb, so I was delighted to get a copy of this middle grades graphic novel to read with my 8yo! SYNOPSIS: Follow the adventures of the prince and princess of Wakanda from before the Black Panther movie, when Shuri was just a 12-year-old genius and T’Challa was still only a teenager next in lin ✨ Review ✨ INTO THE HEARTLANDS by author Roseanne A. Brown and illustrators Natacha Bustos, Dika Araújo, and Claudia Aguirre Black Panther is one of my favorite parts of the Marvel Universe, and Shuri is the bomb, so I was delighted to get a copy of this middle grades graphic novel to read with my 8yo! SYNOPSIS: Follow the adventures of the prince and princess of Wakanda from before the Black Panther movie, when Shuri was just a 12-year-old genius and T’Challa was still only a teenager next in line to be the Black Panther! When an argument between the step-siblings leads to one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroying a sacred ceremony site, the people of Wakanda – including the Queen Mother – start falling mysteriously ill. Desperate to save their mother and their people, Shuri and T’Challa must settle their sibling quarrels, band together, and travel deep into the perilous Heartlands of Wakanda to lift the so-called curse. Can they put aside their jealousy and resentment long enough to survive the journey? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: middle grades, fantasy, graphic novel Location: Wakanda Pub Date: April 19, 2022 My 8yo and I read this together, and we both loved it (he rated it a solid 6 out of 5 stars!). The illustrations were GORGEOUS, and the sibling relationship between Shuri and T'Challa was a perfect showing of what happens when bickering teen siblings have the kingdom on their shoulders. The book was full of excitement and just the right amount of context, color, and thrills to keep us both engaged. We flew through this! This is a great one to read along with your kids if they like superheroes and graphic novels! Swipe through the photos to see an example of the illustrations, and you can start reading the book here: https://bit.ly/3vyg9Da FTC Disclosure: Thanks to @graphixbooks, @scholasticinc, and @storygramkids for this giveaway copy of this book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I have always been a huge X-Men fan and only knew who Black Panther was from his short-lived marriage to the African Goddess of Thunder, Storm. So seeing him come to life in the Marvel cinematic universe was pretty iconic. I fell in love with all of the characters from the movie, but Shuri really seemed to shine brightest. Her strength, humor, and incredible intellect made her someone for young girls to look up to. So when I saw that she had a new graphic novel coming out, I knew that I had to r I have always been a huge X-Men fan and only knew who Black Panther was from his short-lived marriage to the African Goddess of Thunder, Storm. So seeing him come to life in the Marvel cinematic universe was pretty iconic. I fell in love with all of the characters from the movie, but Shuri really seemed to shine brightest. Her strength, humor, and incredible intellect made her someone for young girls to look up to. So when I saw that she had a new graphic novel coming out, I knew that I had to read it. Into the Heartlands takes us on a journey through Wakanda to save the Queen. After Shuri & T’Challa get into a fight during the sacred Soul Washing Ceremony, one of Shuri’s inventions accidentally destroys precious artifacts and both of them believe they have cursed the tribe. So when the tribe suddenly becomes infected by a techno-virus, including their mother, they feel completely responsible. So when the only thing that can cure everyone happens to reside in a land of fairy tales, they take off to find it. I love that they are a blended family, seeing as how T’Challa’s mother and father have already died before this book begins. He and Shuri are half siblings, only sharing the same father. They both hold quite a bit of animosity towards one another and this book really makes them work together to save their people. Thank You to Scholastic for gifting me a copy of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    L.L. Gappa

    I haven't reviewed much on here lately but this was absolutely great! Brought me back to the joy of being a kid and watching Spider-Man the animated series, X men evolution or Teen Titans. How fun for young girls to be able to have brainy, brilliant and brave Shuri as a protagonist they can identify with. It's magical and beautiful in illustration, really bringing the amazing Wakanda to life! It was exciting and adventure packed- all with carrying a lot of heart, dealing with really beautiful th I haven't reviewed much on here lately but this was absolutely great! Brought me back to the joy of being a kid and watching Spider-Man the animated series, X men evolution or Teen Titans. How fun for young girls to be able to have brainy, brilliant and brave Shuri as a protagonist they can identify with. It's magical and beautiful in illustration, really bringing the amazing Wakanda to life! It was exciting and adventure packed- all with carrying a lot of heart, dealing with really beautiful themes and questions. (Hello tackling the nuances of being half-siblings along with rectifying the mistakes of past generations? Amazingly done.) It is so fun to play in the origin stories of these beloved characters. Okoye checking in on Shuri was one of my favorites. Basically, almost everything that set Black Panther apart in the MCU as such a special movie is present here in this graphic novel, along with the absolute Joy of something that is made for children- encouraging them that they can be great people who do great things. I hope we get another adventure from young Shuri and T'Challa by Roseanne soon!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel Based on the Marvel Black Panther characters. Readers see Shuri and T'Challa fight and then work together to save their mom and others who are ill. The virus is known, but the cure is not. As they journey outside Wakanda, they learn a secret that has been kept since the country was founded. No spoilers but they do save themselves, their mom, and their country by the end. The artwork is captivating. The rich colors and details can be studied each time the book is read. Graphic Novel Based on the Marvel Black Panther characters. Readers see Shuri and T'Challa fight and then work together to save their mom and others who are ill. The virus is known, but the cure is not. As they journey outside Wakanda, they learn a secret that has been kept since the country was founded. No spoilers but they do save themselves, their mom, and their country by the end. The artwork is captivating. The rich colors and details can be studied each time the book is read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Gettas

    Another great addition to the Marvel Graphix line (a line of graphic novels for kids). The art was gorgeous and I really liked the story-line of siblings learning that they are stronger when working together, than apart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I'm really glad that Marvel is now putting a concerted effort into publishing in the middle grade space. This is a particularly good effort. It stars Shuri and T'Challa, heavily features their relationship, and the story centers around them as siblings in a blended family. I'm really glad that Marvel is now putting a concerted effort into publishing in the middle grade space. This is a particularly good effort. It stars Shuri and T'Challa, heavily features their relationship, and the story centers around them as siblings in a blended family.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ravynn Stringfield

    This was such a fun read! Heartfelt sibling love in Wakanda and full of adventure. It was such a great spin on my some of my favorite characters! Plus the art was fantastic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Akoss

    This one was so much fun. It's definitely going on the Christmas wish list. This one was so much fun. It's definitely going on the Christmas wish list.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louly

    4.5 stars. really liked it. the art was amazing, beautiful, and delicious to look at. loved the story too. it was also a short read, with seven chapters. definitely recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ShireenWrites

    Loved! Thank you Scholastic and Graphix for the digital review copy!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dolank

    Love the artistry, and the story is simple but good. Noticing the Littles are already re-reading it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scout

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Khan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debra Kaplan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luiza Martins

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tally Klinefelter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ludwig

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mollie

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