- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
- Series: Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice (Book 18)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439139376
- ISBN-13: 978-0439139373
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #18: The Threat Within Paperback – March 1, 2002
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More About the Author
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
At the start it had almost the feeling of a return to the earlier books, where Obi Wan would face an unknown quest on an unfamiliar world, but then it turns into a stop-and-go, where the earlier books were just crammed full of story, and moved forwards at all times.
I had the feeling that the book wanted to say much more than it could in the end. The series is coming to an end, while the padawan-master relationship isn't, not yet for several years.
There is much reflection on earlier experiences, and at times I had the same feeling as I had during the Melida/Daan books. Towards the end it felt like the hopelessness and the pointlessness of an act of violence like running a plane through an officebuilding, was repeated here to make a point, which I believe is already well-taken. It felt like an addition, that forced other scenes to be left out. Many things are unexplained in the end, many threads left fluttering.
What was the reason behind the retirees dying within weeks of their retirement? It felt like some sort of conspiracy, some dark secret at the start of the book, but it is left unexplained. There is a further remark made by the grandmother: "We are not allowed to show such silliness. Especially not now." Not now? Why? What changed? Pranks? Threats of war? Did not the fact that acts of silliness were not to be shown start the pranks in the first place? And did these not lead to threats of war?
Bryn's unhappiness is remarked upon, but never really explained.
Flip's turn to violence is explained, but what made Tray decide to nudge him into violence? She's the one with a true affection for her kin from first moment.Read more ›
This book had what I was looking for, namely, the final eveolution of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's relationship as Jedi and good friends. The story itself was a bit lacking, but I thought that if I was going to read it as an adult and demand the satisfaction of an adult book from it, then maybe the book shouldn't have to do all of the work: that, as an adult reading a book written by an adult, I should be able to read between the lines and get a feeling for the more advaced themes of the book.(I once read an interview where Juse Watson admitted that adults really did have to read betweent the lines with the JA books, because she had to target them to kids.
When closly examined, The Threat From Within had many mature and serious aspects. For example, the characters reflected upon past actions and experiences and applied them to the present situation; in this way we see them change. This is a classics technique in character developement, which brings together all of the books and makes the character's past more real. It was comforting to know that experiences such as Obi-Wan's leaving of the Jedi and people such as Talh did not fade out of existence, as things tend to do in other series. Another serious issue was that the kids didnt know when to stop playing pranks. They started out good, but ended up divided, as on Medlinda/Daan. And, I must point out that history DOES repeat itself, so the plot was all the more true-to-life for being similar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book of back issued comics. The Omnibus series is a great way to get caught up with comics no longer in printPublished 11 months ago by Jonathan K.
My son is a Star Wars fanatic and found this series at the school library. Unfortunately, they had only a couple...just enough to get him really into it! Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Jodi M. Lewis
I still remember going into one of my favourite bookstores about three weeks after Episode 1 first came out and seeing Jedi Apprentice #1: The Rising Force on the Shelving for the... Read morePublished on August 31, 2012 by LadyAyakoTami
Title/Author Star Wars Jedi Apprentice The Threat Within
Characters: Obiwan Kenobi/a jedi apprentice searching for a decison to capture a criminal. Read more
The Jedi Apprentice series is amazingly gripping, always makeing the reader come back for more. Alas this time there is no more to come back to, yet remarkably Jude Watson, again... Read morePublished on July 12, 2002 by Kim Dooling
This book is very exciting but it could use some more spice because it makes Qui Gon look like an overly protective father figure who will never let Obi Wan go out on his own but... Read morePublished on April 5, 2002
No longer a boy,not quite a man,Obi-Wan is growing up.and he has his own ideas about how missions should be handled. Qui-Gon must begin to let go. Read morePublished on February 28, 2002