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Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode 1: Journal) Paperback – May 3, 1999

4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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What would it be like to be Anakin Skywalker? Any kid who doesn't wonder that after seeing Episode I, The Phantom Menace should be checked to see if he's a droid. What was it like to be a slave in Mos Espa? Was it scary to talk to the Jedi Council? And--maybe most important--is podracing really as hard as it looks? This fun, first-person journal lets kids see the action of Phantom Menace through the eyes of their favorite 9-year-old Jedi-to-be. In 14 entries featuring stills from the movie, Anakin tells his story in his own words, from his first encounter with Gui-Jon, Jar Jar, and Padmé to the roller coaster podrace to the wild final ride high above Naboo. Young Skywalker gets an assist from YA author Todd Strasser of Camp Run-A-Muck and Help! I'm Trapped fame. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

About the Author

Todd Strasser is the author of more than 130 books for teens and middle graders including the 17-book Help! I’m Trapped In series, and numerous award-winning YA novels, including The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, and Boot Camp. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has also written for television, newspapers, and magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times. Each year he speaks at dozens of schools from coast to coast, as well as at numerous state and regional conferences for teachers and media specialists. You can learn more about Todd and his books at www.toddstrasser.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; First Printing edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590520938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590520935
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, out of all the Journal books I've read, (which is all of them except for Han's) I would say that while this one is not as gripping as Darth Maul's and not as heartfelt as Luke's, it is pretty decent. Especially since I was somewhat unimpressed with Episode 1 itself. Oh, but don't get me wrong, I liked it, it just seemed almost exclusively geared towards the twelve and under audience, and didn't have the 'something for everyone' quality that the previous ones had. I also didn't expect to like this journal because Anakin was probably my least favorite character in the movie, because he was just so goody-goody, and way too wooden and had no character development whatsoever. This book, however, completely changed my opinion of him. It went deep into his thoughts and feelings, all the while describing what went on around him, in a very realisticly done nine-year-old way. Some of the things he was thinking about were very compelling, such as how he missed his mother, and how he worried about Padme/Amidala. This made me like him more, overall, and even made me want to see the movie again so I could apply my new knowledge. I would definitly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan. Though it is written mainly from a fairly simple standpoint for the benefit of the averedge eleven year old reader, any Star Wars fan could read it as long as they don't expect an epic.
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By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
This story was a VERY WELL WRITTEN book. The plot was exciting with many adjectives and a special point of view from Anankin Skywalker. The only downside to the story was, well, I saw the movie 3 times and Anakin did not see some things that the other characters did. Anakin did not see the Queen have a very important meeting with the council of Naboo. He did not see the two Jedi, Obi- Wan and Qui- Gon Jinn try to negotiate with the Trade Federation. Another GOOD thing that happened in this book was some things are written down in the book that are not in the movie. For example, Anakin pulled out a projector and vaguely saw a battle with the Sith.
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I Thought it was an overall good book, it had many exciting parts, and some were funny too. In the book the five things I liked were Anakin Skywalker, Darth Maul, The suspense, The battle for Naboo, and Queen Amidala. Five things I did not like about the book were Jar Jar Binks, Sebulba, Darth Siduous, Yoda, and Mace Windu. I really enjoyed the book, in fact it was so good I couldn't put it down, and I read it in four days. I really enjoyed it and I think someone who is adventurous, and someone who likes science fiction would like this book, and won't put it down.If you read it I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Brian
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It is an interesting book focusing mainly on Anakin's emotions. It also gives additional details from Anakin's perspective.It is a good book but has a few flaws as some details which should have been there are excluded. The descriptions given by Anakin is similar to what any nine year old would think if they had the same experience.It is told in the first person as it's a journal and Anakin narrates his story to the reader. However it can be confusing at times and a few scenes from the movie are left out.Over all it is an enjoyable book and I recommend that you get a copy soon as possible if you have an appetite for science fiction or a fan of Star Wars who is not too hardcore.
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By A Customer on March 27, 2003
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The book I read was Star Wars Episode 1 Journal, by Todd Strasser. This book is about a boy named Anakin Skywalker who was a slave on a planet called Tatooine. One day a warrior called a Jedi appeared and told him he was to be a Jedi too. Before Anakin could be trained to be a Jedi he must prove himself first. Anakin proves himself and is set free from slavery for training to be a Jedi.
My favorite part in the book was the thirteenth chapter called "The Battle." It was about how Anakin had hid in a starfighter, but accidentaly engaged himself in a war. Anakin was just looking for a safe place to hide during the battle and accidentaly took off into nother battle in space. Anakin had no idea what he was doing. Unaware of what he was doing, he faught off most fighter and distroyed the enemy's control base.
I enjoyed this book alot. It was very discriptive and had a great story line. I chose this book when I was a Star Wars fan, but I never took the time to read it until now. I am glad I read this book and I think you shoud read it too if you like Star Wars.
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This told about what happened in the new Star Wars movie, Episode I, through a journal by nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker. I reccomend this book if you liked the movie. It expands on his character and is a fun book to read.
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A Kid's Review on March 20, 2005
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I LOVED this book. For anyone who wants to read about Darth Vader's [or you could say Anakin's] life at 9 years of age, then this is the book for you!
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Out of all the Star Wars books I've read, this is probably my least favorite. Though it gave some interesting viewpoints from Anakin, the writing was bad and it made the story seem bland. There wasn't colorful language or exciting reveals- it was, "Qui-Gon said this, and I agreed with him. Then Obi-Wan did this and Qui-Gon said this and Padme asked this..."

This style of writing, as if he's recording everything in the journal, can work with some. Having no quotation marks for the people actually talking bugged me, because like I said before it's just a he said this sort of thing. With Queen Amidala's Journal, it worked. With Anakin's, it did not.
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