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Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights: Golden Globe Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 1995
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Eighteen years after 'Return of the Jedi', Anakin Solo begins training at his Uncle Luke's Jedi Academy on Yavin 4, where he befriends the vibrant girl Tahiri. Together they receive dreams of a mysterious temple and set off into the jungles to find it.
I enjoyed this very different approach to the Jedi Academy, showing aspects of it not featured in the Jedi Academy trilogy or even the Young Jedi Knights series. Tahiri is an excellent new character, providing the perfect counterpoint to Anakin. Also, I thought that the revelation about Ikrit was the perfect end to the book, bringing Yoda's words "Judge me by my size do you?" to life once more.
The reason I've only given this book three stars is threefold. Firstly, the writing style (appropriate to it's target audience) is just too childish and simplistic for adults to get much out of it. Secondly, the story itself is slow and not particularly engaging. Finally, the pages of my copy of this book smelled really bad (probably due to the awful quality of the paper)!
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Everyone in my family reads all the time. I'm the youngest of three children, so naturally I wanted to be different from everyone else in my family. Reading was just one of those things that didn't interest me. Until these books came along.
I haven't read these books since third grade, so I can't remember how well they were written. All I know is that I thought
these were the most exciting books I had ever read. I went through about two years where all I did was reading one novel a week for school. then I started the Harry Potter books. Once I was done with those, I read The Lord of the Rings.
Now I'm reading all the time. Books like the ones listed above, and Ender's Game and its sequels have kept me reading for the past three years. But these books started it all.
So if you're looking for a series for a kid who loves Star Wars, who is within the ages of 5 and 9, these are great ones. And once they're done with these, they should try The Young Jedi Knights Series, which have a lot in common but are written for kids probably within the ages 7 and 12. Then, MAKE them read Ender's Game. And If they like Ender's Game, They should check out it's sequels, starting with Speaker for the Dead.
There are a lot of other Star Wars Kids books out there, but I don't think they're worth the effort. Have them read Harry Potter or something.