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Gr 3–8—Roan Novachez has been personally invited by Yoda to attend Jedi Academy, but he's afraid that he'll flunk out and have to attend the Agriculture Academy on Tatooine next year. This Diary of a Wimpy Kid-like graphic novel follows Roan's adventures from the summer after elementary school through his first year at the academy as he makes friends (and enemies) and struggles to learn how to use the Force. Interspersed throughout the panels depicting events referred to in the diary are other items of interest, such as the boy's schedule and report card. The book's style matched with the popular subject will guarantee circulation in any collection. With the exception of Yoda, Brown has created an entirely new cast of characters set in the Star Wars universe around the events of The Phantom Menace. While it might be disappointing for those familiar with this world to see scant representation of beloved characters, it makes the book an easy starting point for new fans. There are plenty of references to other elements (the T-16 Skyhopper and Jedi training remotes, for example) for diehards to get excited about. Brown combines Star Wars excitement with real-life kid problems to make a fresh, inspiring, and humorous take on the franchise.—J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY

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*Starred Review* A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Roan Novachez thought he was destined to attend Pilot Academy Middle School, just as his older brother and father did. His dreams are crushed when he is rejected by Pilot Academy and accepted into a sketchy new school called Coruscant Jedi Academy. Roan has no idea what to expect at the academy and feels pressured after learning he is the oldest student ever to enroll there. Confused and struggling to keep up, Roan tries to fly under the radar and passes the time drawing comics of his daily life at his strange boarding school. This fantastic chapter book by Brown will satisfy those who loved his previous Star Wars works, Darth Vader and Son (2012) and Vader’s Little Princess (2013). With its mix of comics and text, it will also appeal to fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants hybrid books. On a deeper level, this book tackles serious issues like failure, bullying, friendship, determination, and starting a new school in a fun and funny way. Perhaps best of all, it encourages readers to practice creativity and to start their own journals. Grades 3-7. --Candice Mack

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Star Wars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545505178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545505178
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. By the time he completed his studies, he had abandoned painting and started drawing comics seriously. His first self-published book, Clumsy, appeared seemingly out of nowhere to grab attention from both cartoonists and comics fans. Established as an overly sensitive chronicler of bittersweet adolescent romance and nonsense superhero parody, Brown's current direction remains split between more autobiography examining the minutiae of everyday life and whatever humorous fiction he feels in the mood for. His most popular works include Clumsy, Unlikely, AEIOU, and Every Girl is the End of the World For Me, comprising the so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy" and its epilogue. More recently his autobiographical work has included Little Things and Funny Misshapen Body. His parody The Incredible Change-Bots, the Ignatz Award winning I am going to be small and humorous cat book Cat Getting Out Of A Bag all stand out amongst his humor work, while his Sulk series continues to take on a variety of subjects with satire. Jeffrey's work has appeared in a host of anthologies from McSweeney's to The Best American Comics, as well as mainstream books like The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror and Marvel's Strange Tales. His original artwork has been exhibited in New York, Paris, and Chicago. Brown has been featured on NPR's This American Life and even created a short animated music video for the band Death Cab For Cutie. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
Visit jeffreybrowncomics.blogspot.com for news and drawings, and you can write to him at: PO Box 120, Deerfield IL 60015-0120, USA

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By itchick00 on September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I actually bought this at Barnes and Noble. I went to buy a last minute birthday gift and while there saw the display. My 10 year old son is a Star Wars fanatic. He is severely dyslexic and dysgraphic with several other learning disabilities. He reads 2 grades below level and spells at a first grade level. The only other books he reads are pop culture graphic novels like Adventure Time and Domo. I picked up the book, opened it, saw the format and was immediately hopeful. I took it over to show it to him and he said he wanted it. Glimmer of hope sprung, I couldn't purchase it fast enough.
He started reading it in the car on the way home. He read it in the car on the way to the sleepover birthday party. He read it the next day and the next day. It took him a few days, and occasionally he had to ask me about some of the words. Most words he can decipher due to context of the surrounding text, he is above average intelligence. Some of the words he still had problems with though.
I am praying for additional books in this series. To walk into a room and see him reading a book was amazing. I will buy them all! The Origami Yoda series is similar but a bit too much linear text for him, he has a hard time following it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tucker on October 9, 2013
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I purchased this book for my 8 year old son. He couldn't put it down and finished it in about half a day. The book was well worth the money. My son loves to read and I will do whatever it takes to encourage his passion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina M. Ohalloran on September 7, 2013
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I recommend this book to young kids and any fan of star wars. It's an easy light read that's full of funny moments and wholesome values. It's like Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Star Wars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rpv TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2014
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Jedi Academy is a great book. It shows how a padawans life in the Jedi Academy could have been. This book almost makes Yoda, Mr. Garfield, Mrs. Pilton, Principal Mar and others come to life. This is a great comic+normal book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SC on May 18, 2014
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I've enjoyed reading these Star Wars books by Jeffrey Brown. All of my kids, ages 6-13, really enjoy them, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on September 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jedi Academy is a really good book. It is probably my favorite book because The story is about a boy named Roan who goes to pilot school where he see’s all of his friends and enemies . He really hates his enemies but when he learns the force, he will no longer to get spit balled by them. I think anyone can read this book because there is no bad language or bad attitude. It has a little bit of adventure, action, and comical scenes that will leave you laughing. You might think it follows the Star Wars series, but it is different in a humorous way. For example, they call Monday Mooonday. I think anyone would like this book because every page is exciting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2014
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My 8 year old son got this book at 4pm and then proceeded to read the entire book, he was finished at 10pm. He would not put it down. Even when he went to bed and lights out, he got a night light and read it. I caught him up at 10pm, right when he finished it. He is now dying for the next book, which doesn't come out for another 3 months, July 2014, I pre-ordered it already.
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