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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Slp edition (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439681324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439681322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.RLStine.com.

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A former graphic designer and comic book editor, Ryder Windham has been a freelance writer since 1995. He is an avid blood donor and an honorary member of the 501st Legion.

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Looks like lots of us wanted this book to be so much more.
Karyn Hatton
The book should actually be called the rise of Anakin and the fall of Darth Vader since Darth Vader did not make an appearance until Episode III.
Chet & Barb Schotanus
My son is a huge Star Wars fan and he just loved this book.
M. A. Kruse

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darth Snoop on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Long time fan and I've read 99% of the StarWars books. This was the first novella type I've read and it covers the very beginning of Anakin as a little boy when he arrives on Tattoine with his mother to his final death. When I first received the book I was impressed with it's hardcover quality and wrapping but not sure if maybe I had made a mistake since it looked like it was more for young readers...which it does qualify as.

What I liked about the story line is that it presents everything from Anakin's POV and reveals how really "human" he was on the inside, constantly wrestling emotionally while his exterior was always distant, firm, and foreboding.

The book's ending provides a fantastic revelation that makes the story worth reading. I kept it in my kitchen and read a few pages each time I ate a meal alone...usually lunch or when I got home after my kids already ate. It's a quick read and worth it. Two thumbs up...read it!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Seymour on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I too was very disappointed by this book. Mostly, it's 200 pages of recycled Vader episodes we're all familiar with, and I might even suggest that the author did a poor job of that recycling. There is not much new or insightful here (with the exception of Luke's aunt & uncle, the only *plus* of this book, and I'm sure I could find it in another). The author does a poor job of relating events we all suspected were loosely related anyway, and there's no development here--of Anakin's virgin birth, realizing that his son brings balance to the force, the hand-chopping as relates to Vader's "life-support suit" [I guess that's what it's called], hand-chopping between father & son, etc. I was hoping for something that might creatively probe into Vader's psyche a little bit, but the author keeps him evil, never even shows he's conflicted with a morsel of good until the very end. (This was the same scene as in Return of the Jedi, and depending how you watch it, just isn't true.)

In short, whatever your hopes and dreams would be for a book about the rise and fall of Darth Vader, this is not it.

As another user said on this site, "I could write a better book than this"; I couldn't agree more. Apparently, $10.99 is not enough money to buy something that's imaginitive. My stomach churns when I think of how many Star Wars books this Windham guy has written. I hope that they are all not like this.

If I could have rated this book lower than a single star, I would have.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader chronicals mostly from the movies. There are a little tibits of new information like Anakin arriving on Tatooine for the first time, how he found C3PO among other things. My favorite was the part where he's trying to figure out who Luke is. I would have loved for it to be longer of course but it was still really good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Corriveau on January 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you love the character of Darth Vader then you will love this book. It's a quick read. So I was a little disappointed with hoping to get a few more pages. You could probably read within a day or two tops if you set aside time to read it. If you wanted a little more from the movies then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Bodnar on February 16, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How? How did I become this monster? I loved her.
I need to follow the dark side, so that this never happens
Again.

Those were the thoughts of Anakin Skywalker, or now
Darth Vader. Once a little slave boy living only with his
Mother and slave owner, to a powerful Jedi knight, to the
Dark ruler of the galaxy.
This book portrays important events in Anakin Skywalker's life. It has a lot of details, but not so much that it makes the reader think its lagging. I like how the author, Ryder Windham, puts in thoughts that
Anakin\ Darth Vader would have been thinking at that time.
If you are a sci-fi fan, or you just like Star Wars, like me, this book is a must. This is an awesome addition to any book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Golden Gopher Mom on January 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Read this with my 7 year old son twice now. Enjoyed getting in the mind of one character for a story I've seen countless times. Gave a little more depth to the movies. Best for young SW fans, but still enjoyable for adults.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Peters on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you've never sampled the young adult Star Wars fiction, you've missed some really quality stuff. I've read several YA books from the Last of the Jedi, Boba Fett and Jedi Apprentice series. While the writing style is certainly geared towards a younger audience, the stories are not childish at all. In fact, there are bits of continuity in YA books that can't be found anywhere else.

The latest YA book I read was The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. Essentially, the book tells the story of all six Star Wars films from Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader's perspective. In itself, this is a cool idea. It's very cool to see the events of all six films just from Anakin's perspective.

But, we get more than just a compilation of scenes from the movies. Again, there are bits of continuity that you can't find anywhere else. (Or, at least, I've never read them anywhere else.) For instance, I had never read what happened when Shmi and Anakin arrived on Tatooine. In fact, I assumed Anakin was born on Tatooine.

It is also very cool to see all the references to other parts of the Expanded Universe. You don't have to be an EU expert to enjoy the book, by any means. But, my extensive exploration of the EU over the last few years really added some cool moments as I read bits that I knew had come from sources as disparate as the KOTOR video game, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the Return of Ben Kenobi newspaper comic strip.

For me, that's one of the most rewarding things about being such a voracious EU reader. As I've become more versed in the EU, these little connections between all of the various books and comics and video games and other material become visible to me. It adds an addition layer of enjoyment for me.

The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader was outstanding.
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