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Star Wars: Jedi Academy Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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Gr 3–8—Roan Novachez has been personally invited by Yoda to attend Jedi Academy, but he's afraid that he'll flunk out and have to attend the Agriculture Academy on Tatooine next year. This Diary of a Wimpy Kid-like graphic novel follows Roan's adventures from the summer after elementary school through his first year at the academy as he makes friends (and enemies) and struggles to learn how to use the Force. Interspersed throughout the panels depicting events referred to in the diary are other items of interest, such as the boy's schedule and report card. The book's style matched with the popular subject will guarantee circulation in any collection. With the exception of Yoda, Brown has created an entirely new cast of characters set in the Star Wars universe around the events of The Phantom Menace. While it might be disappointing for those familiar with this world to see scant representation of beloved characters, it makes the book an easy starting point for new fans. There are plenty of references to other elements (the T-16 Skyhopper and Jedi training remotes, for example) for diehards to get excited about. Brown combines Star Wars excitement with real-life kid problems to make a fresh, inspiring, and humorous take on the franchise.—J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NY
*Starred Review* A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Roan Novachez thought he was destined to attend Pilot Academy Middle School, just as his older brother and father did. His dreams are crushed when he is rejected by Pilot Academy and accepted into a sketchy new school called Coruscant Jedi Academy. Roan has no idea what to expect at the academy and feels pressured after learning he is the oldest student ever to enroll there. Confused and struggling to keep up, Roan tries to fly under the radar and passes the time drawing comics of his daily life at his strange boarding school. This fantastic chapter book by Brown will satisfy those who loved his previous Star Wars works, Darth Vader and Son (2012) and Vader’s Little Princess (2013). With its mix of comics and text, it will also appeal to fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants hybrid books. On a deeper level, this book tackles serious issues like failure, bullying, friendship, determination, and starting a new school in a fun and funny way. Perhaps best of all, it encourages readers to practice creativity and to start their own journals. Grades 3-7. --Candice Mack
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The story line is engaging to his age range, and appropriate for his grade level of reading (he is going into third grade). There are a few things that I personally as his mama wish wasn't in there (ie someone calling someone stupid, a 'love' interest etc) but we are more conservative in those areas than most. I'm still happy with these in general though. I was NOT a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I didn't care for the main protagonist's attitude. These, I think, are far superior both visually and in content, and I would recommend them to a friend.
Now we're reading through it together, even though he's read it 3+ times on his own. It is a super cute book, that makes us both laugh. The variety of print styles makes it more interesting. One page is a hand drawn comic, the next a letter from his brother...
It's a book that is funny and yet relatable, a great preparation for the socially awkward middle school years, but camouflaged in 3rd grade humor.
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It is situational for a boy named Roan, who has just finished elementary school and is going on to middle school. As we read the book together, my grandson laughed out loud at some of the events, and was sympathetic in others. We are now reading Book 3 of the 4 book series.....so that should give you an idea as to whether or not to explore it. My little guy is a good reader...... reading about 3rd grade level....in second grade and could easily manage the book.
The book is written in the fashion of a comic book. If you look at the cartoon on the cover of the book, you know what to expect. Sans colors since the cartoons are black and white. However, Brown masterfully interlaces pages from Roan's personal diary to give us an insight to Roan's mind and other notes such as letters and pages from the Padawan Observer to flesh out the Roan's world.
This style of story telling quickly grew on me. By page 15 I was already feeling Roan's disillusion, but by page 17 I was super elated when Roan received his acceptance letter to the Jedi Academy, even as I knew it was going to happen since it's the tittle of the book after all.
Overall, the story works because one could easily relate to Roan's troubles regardless of the universe they happen. That they happen in the Star Wars' Universe, its just a plus for us, Star Wars fans.
I could easily recommend this book for Star Wars fans and, frankly, for anyone who wants a light heart chuckle. On top of that, this is a book that you could easily pass to your little ones as they start to read. A great introduction to comic books and Star Wars, with a great morale too.
To sum it up, definitely a good gift if you have kids into Star Wars. If you're an adult, obviously you gotta be in the mood for a light, funny read. And you can't take Star Wars too seriously. I don't take much very seriously, so you know... :P