What would it be like to be Anakin Skywalker? Any kid who doesn't wonder that
after seeing Episode I, The Phantom Menace
should be checked to see if he's a droid. What was it like to be a slave in Mos Espa? Was it scary to talk to the Jedi Council? And--maybe most important--is podracing really as hard as it looks? This fun, first-person journal lets kids see the action of Phantom Menace
through the eyes of their favorite 9-year-old Jedi-to-be. In 14 entries featuring stills from the movie, Anakin tells his story in his own words, from his first encounter with Gui-Jon, Jar Jar, and Padmé to the roller coaster podrace to the wild final ride high above Naboo. Young Skywalker gets an assist from YA author Todd Strasser of Camp Run-A-Muck
and Help! I'm Trapped
fame. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
About the Author
Todd Strasser is the author of more than 130 books for teens and middle graders including the 17-book Help! I’m Trapped In series, and numerous award-winning YA novels, including The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, and Boot Camp. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has also written for television, newspapers, and magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times. Each year he speaks at dozens of schools from coast to coast, as well as at numerous state and regional conferences for teachers and media specialists. You can learn more about Todd and his books at www.toddstrasser.com.