Black Panther: Spellbound Book Tour & 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. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: Ronald L. Smith

Pub. Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: Marvel Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 272

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

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.

In the sequel to the hit middle grade novel, The Young Prince, T’Challa is heading back to America to visit his friends Sheila and Zeke, who are staying with Sheila’s grandma in Alabama over their summer break. T’Challa is excited to see his friends, but his fun summer vacation quickly turns into a nightmare. The small town has fallen under the sway of a charismatic politician named Achebe who is there to retrieve a spell book full of dark magic. When strange events start to take place, T’Challa begins to think that it’s no coincidence that Achebe arrived in Beaumont at the same time he did.

Will T’Challa figure out his role in Achebe’s sinister plot and break the spell he has over the town?


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

Grab Book 1,  Black Panther The Young Prince now!

My Review


What an imaginative use of a reinvented character we all know and love. I did not read the first book in the series (will be doing so now) but even without that, this book was amazing. I think reluctant readers will be drawn to this just due to the Marvel – superhero aspect, and once they get a taste there will be no going back. 

We follow along with T'Challa, and he's headed to Alabama to visit with his friends Sheila and Zeke. But their fun vacation turns out to be anything but. I love how the author ties in real world problems into the story. A masterfully built mystery slowly unfolds. You will be on the edge of your seat as you read. The pacing is fast and characters are loveable. The plot is unique and I really enjoyed it.  

I'll have to revisit this story again after I read The Young Prince.

Huge thanks to Rock Star Book Tours, Disney Books and Ron Smith for my gifted copy!


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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