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Jedi Academy Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407138707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407138701
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved this book and will definitely be looking out for more by the same author. The idea is fresh and original and the potential for further stories in the series is unlimited. I'm very excited to see what comes next --The Bookbag

About the Author

Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author/illustrator of "Darth Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess," both which imagine what it would have been like if Darth Vader had raised a young Luke and Leia.Jeffrey is a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, but despite his best efforts, has been unable to use the Force. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jennifer, and his two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I absolutely loved this book! Let me preface by saying I haven't read Brown's Vader books, and that's ok because this book is not part of that series. I also am not a big Star Wars fan. I love the original three movies but have no time for the others; in fact I don't think I've ever even read a Star Wars "tie-in" book before. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed this book so much and I think it is due to the originality, which is hard to do with something as familiar as Star Wars. The book is populated with entirely original characters, yes some are of familiar species ie Wookie, relatives of Hut, early R2, 3PO models, etc, but the only Star Wars character brought into play here is Yoda, who is portrayed very well and not over used. The book reminds me immensely of "Wimpy Kid" but with more. The book is written in a series of journal entries, graphic novel sections, letters, comic strips, school pages, posters, etc. It is a visual feast and written in an easy-to-read handwritten print font. Other than being Star Wars themed, set during main character Roan Novachez's first year at Jedi Academy, the plot and events are those faced by any average middle-schooler. A delightful little read that has me wanting to follow Roan into his second year at the Academy!
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We're big Star Wars fans in our household and we can't get enough SW material to read and pore over. This little gem is a graphic novel aimed at kids (and Dads!) and is a great way to spend a little time. My son (who's seven) has re-read it a few times with help from me and I must admit to having a dip into it myself a few times.

A really enjoyable and attractive little book. Highly recommended.
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It sucks like hell

Thank you.

Here is some words I like.

How lonely are poisoned by any youtube video of the black bonana
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Think of this as a sort of graphic-chapter-book, and I mean that in a very good way.

Mr. Brown has taken practically every important aspect of the Star Wars canon, written it in a style that would be interesting for and accessible to an early reader, illustrated it with very clever and apt illustrations, and wrapped it all up as a "school days" adventure that features a realistic and engaging hero.

Roan is crushed when he is denied admission to Star Pilot Academy, and then confused and intimidated when he later receives an invitation to attend the more prestigious but less well known Jedi Academy. The other students at the Academy were tapped when they were much younger, so Roan has to adjust as the new kid and the latecomer. The story embraces all of the conventions of middle school fiction - Roan makes friends and enemies, encounters bullies, has some scary teachers and some teachers he really likes, deals with homesickness and adjusting to school. There is some budding romance. There are some intrigues, and lots of school based events, (a dance, a light saber tournament, a science fair, field trips, an election).

The genius here is that everything is based on Star Wars. Yoda is basically the headmaster of the Academy. The teachers are characters from the various movies. Field trips are to the sites of Star Wars episodes. Students all come from worlds whose names you recognize. Our hero, Roan, is from Tatooine and is basically a stand-in for a Luke Skywalker type character. There are lots of inside jokes and references, so that you have both an engaging story that is open to a Star Wars newbie and an immersive and sly Star Wars compendium for really rabid fans.
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Be warned - this is a brilliant book for young to older ADULTS. Do not let the design fool you. It's not that the context is not suitable for children, it is simply that the humour requires a sense of the meta / post-modern (i.e. a grasp of the Star Wars story structure / myth) in order to find it funny. It really is very good and very worth buying as a little extra gift for someone special this christmas.
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I got this book for my 6 year old son. He looked at it, read it a little with mom and dad, and lost all interest. He loves star wars but could not seem to get into this at all. When I had a read of itn I found the story very weak and does not seem to pull in your interest. This is an adult opinion of a kids book of course but even in a kids book there should be a story to draw you in. The story is good enough but not engaging enough to keep the interest of a child.
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away 10 year-old Roan Novachez lives on the desert planet of Tattooine with his mum and younger brother Ollie. Roan dreams of being a pilot like his dad and joining his older brother Davin at Pilot Academy but his application is rejected, even though all of his friends get in. Crushed, he thinks he'll have to go to boring Plant Academy on Tatooine when he gets a letter from Master Yoda at the Jedi Academy on Coruscant, offering him a place as a Padawan, even though Roan's a lot older than the normal Jedi training age.

But life as a padawan isn't easy. His teachers are weird (especially Master Yoda, who talks funny) and he's bullied by his classmates Cronah and Cyrus because he can't use the Force to even lift a book. It's a struggle for Roan to get through the year and even though the lightsabers are cool, he still really wishes that he was at Pilot Academy ...

Jeffrey Brown's licenced Star Wars graphic novel is a cute spin off set 200 years before Star Wars and perfect for readers aged 8+. Told in a mix of journal entries and comic panels, Roan's a sweet natured protagonist, very creative but uncertain about his Jedi abilities and concerned by his inability to make friends. I could have done without the budding romance with Gaiana but his friendship with Pasha is well depicted and I absolutely loved Yoda and the Wookie P.E. teacher Kitmum. There are some in jokes for older Star Wars fans and the Ewok Pilot comic strip will entertain younger readers. All in all, it's a charming read and I'd love to read the next one.
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