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Queen Amidala (Star Wars Episode 1, Journal #2) Paperback – May 3, 1999

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Young Queen Amidala had a lot on her mind. If she wasn't negotiating with shifty Neimoidians or dodging blasts from droids, she was trying to remember what her name was (is it Amidala or Padmé now!?) and which outfit she needed to be wearing. And all this at just 14 years old! Well, now we can see how she kept a cool head: the plucky teen queen has written a 16-part journal, in her own words, recounting the events surrounding her in Episode I, The Phantom Menace. (And just so you don't lose track, each entry includes a shot from the movie showing what she had on at the time.) Thanks to Jude Watson (Star Wars Science Adventures, Brides of Wildcat County) for helping Her Highness tell this exciting tale. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590521012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590521017
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John L. Velonis on June 29, 1999
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I remember the magic of the original Star Wars (I was 11 at the time), and I've been rather dismayed at the huge marketing campaign around the Phantom Menace. I picked up this book expecting it to be as trashy as a Taco Bell toy. Much to my surprise, it actually conveys significant insights into Queen Amidala/Padme which did not come out in the movie, nor in Terry Brooks' novelization. The author did a good job of imitating the style of a 14-year-old girl, but beneath the prosaic writing you feel that there's a real person, one whom you can admire and sympathize with. Only two complaints -- it's too short, and the pictures are too repetitive. Surely with more than two hours of film, they could have found a few different shots of Amidala/Padme.
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First off, this book is written by the author of the Jedi Apprentice novel 'The Dark Rival', Jude Watson, so that should clue you in to great potential here. He has an amazing ability to portray the full depth of the characters from the movie.
Second, the sheer beauty of the book must be noted. For only $1 more than the Jedi Apprentice novels, we get a book with ornate page designs on slick glossy paper, filled with pictures of Amidala in her various outfits/disguises. Just the *appearance* of the book is pleasing.
I really loved the background that we learn about Amidala. She is the daughter of farmers, who was educated in Theed while living with her paternal grandmother Winama, a weaver, who always told her "Fate is a tangle. Follow one thread."
We learn the signficance of many of the court traditions of Naboo, and of Amidala's best friend, Sabe. We learn, unsurprisingly, that Amidala feels that her and Anakin's fates are entwined. Also, there seems to be a strong bond between Amidala/Padme and Shmi. At one point, Amidala remarks that Shmi looks at her as if she is entrusting her son to Amidala's keeping, which confuses her. Amidala looking at Shmi sitting in the starlight, worrying over her son, and Amidala realizing that in this universe a woman can't even keep her child safe is rather haunting as foreshadowing.
But by far, the best and most interesting passages are about Amidala's thoughts on Qui-Gon Jinn: "He's a man who gives off an aura of deep calm. Yet his is the most alert presence I've ever experienced. I feel safe with him." (32)
Of course, she and Qui-Gon get into disagreements when he dismisses her as merely a spoiled handmaiden.
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Relive the movie "Star Wars: Episode I" through the eyes of the newly elected Queen Amidala. This young teen begins this journal before the movie began. Readers see the training Amidala went through in preparation for her future post. In the book we find out WHY Amidala puts lipstick on her upper-lip fully, yet only a slash on her lower-lip. We see the defenses that were made by the guards, such as a decoy, but never dreamed would ever have to be used. (Oh come on, you did not HONESTLY think those handmaidens were there for LOOKS, did you?)
**** Not as magnificent as Princess Leia's journal, but just as enlightening! In the movie, Queen Amidala had to keep her face blank so her adversaries could not read her. In this book, we see all the thoughts, fears, and strategies that went on behind the royal mask. In fact, this book made Amidala's character more impressive than the movie did. It can also be used as a quick refresher before you flock to see "Episode II: Attack of the Clones" in the Summer of 2002! Very good reading! ****
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All hail Queen Amidala! She is strong, confident, intelligent and kind. This Journal is beautifully written. It really captures a character that can be admired for all of her qualities. Jude Watson is a fabulous author! 5 out of 5!
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Though Luke's journal was my personal favorite of the Journal books, this one was definitely the best written. It was better than Anakin's especially, since this one truly got into the mind of Queen Amidala, whereas Anakin's wasn't as good at bringing out his character (what little he had) or anyone elses. This one however, not only lets us get to know Amidala, but also brings out the other characters in a way that made Episode 1 seem much more interesting than it actually was. It was fascinating to find out more about Amidala,(I didn't previously realize she was only fourteen, in the movie she seemed older!) who I found a very intriguing character in the movie, though I was confused about where and when she was Amidala/Padme. This book answered my questions about that also, tying everything together in a satisfying knot. Also, I found Anakin's character much more interesting in this book than even in his own journal. In the movie especially he irritated me, because he just seemed too cute and sweet, but here he is much more likable. This book would be good for any Star Wars fan, especially those twelve and under.
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This journal is really good because it explains all the emotions and character descriptions that the movie didn't give Queen Amidala. This journal is A LOT better than Anakin Skywalker's journal, and has a lot of info on Padmé's past and feelings. Read this book twice so you catch all the details! Also, notice how her feelings towards Qui-Gon changes...
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