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Star Wars: Jedi Quest: The Trail of the Jedi: Jedi Quest #02: The Trail Of The Jedi Paperback – April 23, 2002

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About the Author

Jude Watson is the author of two 39 Clues books, BEYOND THE GRAVE and IN TOO DEEP, and the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. As Judy Blundell, she wrote WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, the 2008 winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in Katonah, New York with her husband and daughter.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Star Wars: Jedi Quest (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439339189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439339186
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hello! Thanks for clicking. I'm Jude Watson, and I write for kids. It's the best job in the world.

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!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on April 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
"The Trail of the Jedi," written by Jude Watson, begins on the planet Ragoon-6. Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Knight, has gone there for a training mission with his his Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. (Readers of the Star Wars Jedi Apprentice series may recognize this planet from book 14: "The Ties That Bind." Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan's deceased Master, took Obi-Wan there for a training mission when he was only a Padawan. It was there that Qui-Gon received his disturbing visions of Tahl, a Jedi Knight that would die after Qui-Gon pledged his life to her.) Wren, a Jedi Knight, leaves Obi-Wan and Anakin on Ragoon-6 and goes off to hide, leaving clues so that the Master-Padawan tem can track him. While on the trip, Anakin feels that he and Obi-Wan are not close and he feels "left out" when his Master does not share his feelings with him. Wren's clues lead Obi-Wan and Anakin to near-death experiences, including a flooded cavern and a den of malia -- savage beasts. While the Jedi are tracking Wren, they stumble upon Floria -- a girl about Anakin's age who cannot find her teacher and friends, whom she lost. The Jedi offer their assistance to Floria and head for their ship to contact someone for assistance. But as the Jedi are walking on their ship, they feel a surge in the Force and quickly run off the ship, right before the bomb that was planted on the Jedi's ship explodes. As Anakin rushes after a figure he saw sneaking around the ship, Floria -- the young slender girl -- used some complicated holds to keep Obi-Wan from moving . . . almost like an assassin. When Anakin pulls back the mask of the figure, he is discovered to be Dane -- Floria's older brother. The Jedi demand an explanation and are shocked at the response: Floria and Dane are bounty hunters.Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "kandladin" on May 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyone who loved Jedi Apprentice, and even those of us who didn't (yeah right, is there anyone who didn't adore those books?) should definitely, definitely check out this new series! More like an extension of Jedi Apprentice than anything else, it's already at least as good as that series was at it's height. Anakin Skywalker is now fourteen years old, and has been apprenticed to Obi-Wan Kenobi for several years (duh). Even at this age, Anakin is more than a handful, almost more than Obi-Wan can handle, and we can already see the seeds of many of their later problems sewn. Because of his brilliance and his intense connection to the living Force, everything has come easily to Anakin, and his abilities have taken him far above other students of his age, which has earned him grudging respect from teachers and students alike, but few if any, real friends. This doesn't seem to bother introverted Anakin too much, but Obi-Wan privately worries about his padawan, who has grown from a cheerful and open child, to a quiet and disturbed young man. The council decides to send them on a rather complicated mission to a planet plagued by a toxic disaster, where they will have to work with three other master-padawan teams, including Siri Tachi (whom most of us remember from Jedi Apprentice) and her padawan Ferus, whom Anakin doesn't get along with too well. Anyway, to avoid spoiling the story I won't say anymore, but trust me, these are definitely worth the time you spend reading them. For fans of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JediMack on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This a review for Trail of the Jedi, TOTJ. Trail is the 2nd book in the Jedi Quest series and I am reviewing both the Unabridged audio casette and the paperback.
In TOTJ Obi-Wan feels that he are Anakin are not as close as they should be. So he plans a 10 day exercise on a very sparsely inhabited planet where he and Anakin must work together in a game of hind and go seek with an experienced Jedi Master.
Of course things start to go wrong right away in the hunt. Also, Anakin and Obi-Wan do not understand each other. In the end they both learn a little something about each other, but they also learn that someone want to kill them. The hunt is resolved in this book, but the Identity of the killer is not and will be continued in future books of this series.
The audio book is extremely well done by veteran SW reader Davis. The story here is defineately simplified for younger readers, but for completists like me, Watson dioes a nice job exploring the interactions between Ben and the future Vader.
In the first book Anakin learns to cooperate with a fellow Padawan Ferus (Padawan of Siri Tachi) who is well liked by his fellow Padawans and also a good leader. The continuing curiosity in any Prequel book is how Anakin and Obi-Wan loss each other such that Anakin becomes Darth Vader
Jude Watson does advance the character study of Anakin Skywalker.
This is a book written for 9 to 12 year olds, but I enjoyed Jude Watson handling of Anakin. I am pleased that the decision was made to put this book on unabridged Audio cassettes. I have almost every Star Wars audio book ever made up to NJO Star by Star. Davis is an experienced SW reader and does a great job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a spectacular work of art.The depth at which Watson explores and explains the characters makes you feel as if you really know them.She goes along with the whole Jedi teachings,and the Masters and Padawans have just the right serene Jedi attitudes.There is a perfect dose of humor and plenty of suspence.The characters are well formed,and the small signs of Anakin's eventual destiny are scattered throughout.The way she explains the Jedi's actions and lives is very well done,and she shares the thoughts not only going through Anakin's mind,but through the Obi-Wans as well,so you realize that he often doubtfull of his own ability to be the master.I all in all loved this book,and can't wait to read the others.
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