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Queen Amidala (Star Wars Episode 1, Journal #2) Paperback – May 3, 1999
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As a writer, I wear two hats. As Judy Blundell I write for Young Adults, and I won the National Book Award for my novel, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED.
I write for middle-graders while wearing my Jude Watson hat, which is a bit more colorful. Maybe it even has a spinning propeller on top. I love to write mystery-adventures with thrilling twists and oddball characters and kids who find themselves in impossible situations doing incredible things.
I do all this from a chair, in a little room, in a not-big house, in a small town on Long Island. I like to read and I like to draw (badly) and my idea of excitement is to lace up my sneakers and walk to the harbor and back. I'm a nervous flyer and though I am respectful of the physics of modern aviation I also secretly suspect that it is only the unified belief of passengers that tons of metal can hurtle through the air that keeps a plane in flight. I am also not terribly comfortable on suspension bridges. And don't even ask me to go on a ferris wheel.
I am listing these fears just to clue you in: I'm a physical coward. I'm also a creature of habit. Once in awhile I go a little crazy and take a different route to the grocery store.
Still, I'll throw incredible amounts of danger at my characters. And I'll cackle maniacally while I do it.
Other random facts: During deadline periods I am deeply committed to popcorn and apples.
Every summer I go to Cape Cod, and every summer I wish I had a whole month there. I never do.
I am waiting for the day I'll see someone reading a book of mine in an airport or a train or a diner. I will most likely embarrass myself by cavorting and singing "That's ME!"
If you want to learn more about me or take a look at my books, visit my website, judewatsonbooks.com. Until then, happy reading!
Top Customer Reviews
Second, the sheer beauty of the book must be noted. For only $1 more than the Jedi Apprentice novels, we get a book with ornate page designs on slick glossy paper, filled with pictures of Amidala in her various outfits/disguises. Just the *appearance* of the book is pleasing.
I really loved the background that we learn about Amidala. She is the daughter of farmers, who was educated in Theed while living with her paternal grandmother Winama, a weaver, who always told her "Fate is a tangle. Follow one thread."
We learn the signficance of many of the court traditions of Naboo, and of Amidala's best friend, Sabe. We learn, unsurprisingly, that Amidala feels that her and Anakin's fates are entwined. Also, there seems to be a strong bond between Amidala/Padme and Shmi. At one point, Amidala remarks that Shmi looks at her as if she is entrusting her son to Amidala's keeping, which confuses her. Amidala looking at Shmi sitting in the starlight, worrying over her son, and Amidala realizing that in this universe a woman can't even keep her child safe is rather haunting as foreshadowing.
But by far, the best and most interesting passages are about Amidala's thoughts on Qui-Gon Jinn: "He's a man who gives off an aura of deep calm. Yet his is the most alert presence I've ever experienced. I feel safe with him." (32)
Of course, she and Qui-Gon get into disagreements when he dismisses her as merely a spoiled handmaiden.Read more ›
**** Not as magnificent as Princess Leia's journal, but just as enlightening! In the movie, Queen Amidala had to keep her face blank so her adversaries could not read her. In this book, we see all the thoughts, fears, and strategies that went on behind the royal mask. In fact, this book made Amidala's character more impressive than the movie did. It can also be used as a quick refresher before you flock to see "Episode II: Attack of the Clones" in the Summer of 2002! Very good reading! ****
And it had it's comedy. When Amidala mentions she wanted to beat Qui-Gon over the head with his lightsaber, the mental image had me rolling on the floor laughing.
I don't think you realize how young Amidala is or how brave she must have been to take on this reponsibility so young. I think the fact she was an elected ruler and came from a simple family of famers makes her all the more wonderful. A wonderful addition to the female side of the Skywalker family Saga.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All hail Queen Amidala! She is strong, confident, intelligent and kind. This Journal is beautifully written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by greatdeals101
My 9 yr old son loves this series. This is another fun installment.Published 16 months ago by Molly Murdoch
This book is a nice journal about the events of Episode l through Padme's (a queen in disguise) eyes. The book keeps you interested from beginning to end and! Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by Helen Beemon
Queen Amidala is a brave young lady who must rise up to an evil Phantom to save her people, in this book it has pictures of most of her costumes and lots of fun reading for... Read morePublished on April 25, 2001 by Aqua Rose
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first bought this book. I can say now that reading it was a most pleasurable experience. Read morePublished on December 13, 2000
Whereas Anakin's journal was kind of lacking any depth and was really just another novelization of the movie, this book really gets into Amidala's character, her motivations, and... Read morePublished on April 30, 2000 by Nathan
I love Star Wars. I have Anakin's journal, Amidala's journal, Luke's journal, and I've read Princess Leia's journal. This is a great Book Series. Read morePublished on November 9, 1999
I loved this book! It provides a lot of information not found in the movie. It was great to see how Amidala and Sabe switched identities. Read morePublished on October 23, 1999