Shaka Rising: A Legend of a Warrior Prince
Shaka Rising: A Legend of a Warrior Prince

Series: African Graphic Novel Series Vol. 1   

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Annotation: A charismatic young warrior prince emerges from exile to usurp the old order and forge a new, mighty Zulu kingdom.
Catalog Number: #158907
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 90 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-946498-99-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-946498-99-1
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2017947777
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 68 This graphic novel telling of the early life of Zulu king Shaka presents an accessible introduction to a major figure in African history. After fleeing his brother's murderous schemes and living in exile, Shaka returns to claim his title as king. He must then conquer the king of the Ndwandwe, who is annexing southern kingdoms of Africa and selling their citizens into slavery. The story moves briskly, and the language is vivid and dramatic. The illustrations, drawn with bold lines in a fiery palette of oranges and reds, are a little stiff but come to life in battle scenes where lines are blurred to depict action. The authors present Shaka as a brilliant military strategist who used his talents to protect his people from slavery. He is more a character to admire than to relate to: at one point, he orders his sister to marry for the sake of a new alliance. Female characters aren't given much to do: Shaka's sister grows into a "beautiful woman" while he becomes a "powerful general." There is no bibliography or resource list, but the inspired storytelling should appeal to readers. VERDICT Though the illustrations and character development are somewhat lacking, the book is worth adding to collections given that there are few recent biographies of Shaka for young audiences and none in graphic novel format. Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: GN760L

This retelling of the Shaka legend from South Africa explores the rise to power of a shrewd young Zulu prince who must consolidate a new kingdom through warfare, mediation, and political alliances to defend his people against the expanding slave trade.

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