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Star Wars: The Jedi Quest Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: Star Wars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; First Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439242045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439242042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with STAR WARS JEDI QUEST: The Way of the Apprentice.]--These first two installments in the Jedi Quest series follow young Anakin Skywalker and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as Anakin begins his apprenticeship. The books are repetitive and somewhat long on exposition, but the audio productions help overcome these defects. Jonathan Davis's readings are superb. His clear voice seems made for narration, and he does excellent imitations of the voices various actors have given the characters in the Star Wars films. Add to this John Watson's familiar score and the judicious use of humming light sabers, roaring engines, and other sound effects, and you have a winning selection for young fans. A.F. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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!

Customer Reviews

All of your question will be answered after you read this book.
Nikki
Obi-Wan is trying to do a good job of teaching Anakin, who is now thirteen, but he fears he may be letting his master down.
Rebecca Herman
Story's OK, but the details are weak and I honestly don't think she understands the concept of the Force.
Bryan Trostel

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The time between Episodes 1 and 2 has left us with a space of ten years to dream up Anakin's life as a Jedi Padawan. In this new novel, Jude Watson does a good job of showing how the slave boy from Tatooine grows up to be Darth Vader. But I enjoyed this book, as it gave me insight into his training and shows that he does have darker tendencies. Jedi Quest also shows how Obi-Wan Kenobi fights to ease his inner turmoil around loosing his Master, while trying to train a boy who has inner turmoil of his own. I have read all the Star Wars books, but I think that this is one of the most interesting books, and Ms. Watson's style is one that the readers can relate to. I highly recommend Jedi Quest for anyone looking for a good read, even if you don't like Star Wars.
Also recommended: Star Wars Rogue Planet, the Jedi Apprentice series, and Deceptions, the Jedi Apprentice Super Edition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "kandladin" on September 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I can't help but be a bit surprised at to how many less than favorable reviews this book has gotten so far. I personally loved it. Sure, if your judging it on the scale of say, Heir to the Empire, than perhaps it leaves a bit to be desired, but to judge it in that way at all seems unfair, since this book is (as some of you adults seem to forget) aimed at twelve year olds. That is not to say that older people couldn't enjoy it (I'm almost sixteen) but they should keep that in mind. Most children wouldn't want to read a four hundred page book that you need a dictionary to get through with eight plots tangling themselves into each other. As a children's book, however, like Jedi Apprentice and Young Jedi Knights before it, it's excellent, managing to hold a fairly complex plot along with plenty of character development for Anakin and Obi-Wan both. Anyway, in this book the Jedi council decides to allow Anakin Skywalker (now thirteen) to build his own lightsaber at last. However, Anakin's childhood as a slave still returns to haunt him, and Obi-Wan cannot help but wonder, is his Padawan truly ready for this responsibility? Ready or not, Anakin tackles the project in the caves of Illum, and when he and Obi-Wan return to the Jedi Temple, the council already has a mission ready for them. They are ordered to find and intercept a gang of slave pirates; the very same ones who once traumatized Anakin and his fellow slaves. Anakin is quite eager to at last take his revenge on them, but is the temptation to the dark side too much to bear? Anyway, like I said this book was great, It was fascinating to find out how the lightsaber that would someday be weilded by Luke Skywalker and then Mara Jade was built! It was a great book, overall, and I recommend it stroungly to fans of Jedi Apprentice and Star Wars books in general.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Four years have passed since Qui-Gon's death. Obi-Wan is trying to do a good job of teaching Anakin, who is now thirteen, but he fears he may be letting his master down. The Jedi Council, which still has doubts about Anakin, allows Obi-Wan to take him to the planet Ilum to build his lightsaber. On Ilum, Anakin is forced to face painful memories he thought he had left behind. After their return to Coruscant, Obi-Wan and Anakin are sent on a mission to help guard a diplomatic ship against pirates. But the mission becomes more complicated than expected when pirates attack and both Obi-Wan and Anakin are forced to face their pasts. I reccomend this new novel to all Star Wars fans, not just the age group it is written for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on September 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Jedi Quest" begins on Tatooine when Anakin was still a simple, 7-year-old slave. Anakin and his friend, Amee, decide to go on a picnic on a day when they are not required to work. While on their way home, the children are shocked to see people crying in the streets, mothers screaming for their children, and Mos Espa's hovels ransacked. Then the children hear the horrifying truth: there had been a slave raid. Krayn, a space pirate, and his followers had stolen several slaves from Mos Espa. Shmi Skywalker -- Anakin's mother --is safe (although her face is petrified with fear), but Amee's mother -- Hala -- was a victim of the dreaded raid.
Six years later, Anakin is the Padawan of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan and Anakin make a journey to the planet Ilum to gather the crystals that Anakin needs to fashion his own lightsaber. Once inside the cave, Anakin embarks on quest unlike any other he will ever face. When Anakin and Obi-Wan return to the Jedi Temple, they are requested to undertake an escort mission: accompanying a Colicoid diplomatic ship which will be traveling through a section of the galaxy where the pirate Krayn is know to attack. Anakin now swears to himself that he will confront Krayn and destroy him.
After the Colicoid ship is hit by blaster fire from Krayn's vessel, Obi-Wan and Anakin decide to fly to the Krayn's ship in order to infiltrate. After Anakin and Obi-Wan disable Krayn's weapon systems, the Jedi are pierced by blaster fire as they are getting into their transport. The Jedi turn around to see Zora, Krayn's assistant, firing at them. But Obi-Wan does not know Zora as Zora, he knows Zora as the former Siri -- a padawan he went through Temple training with.
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