- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Star Wars
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- Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101892056
- ISBN-13: 978-1101892053
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back So You Want to be a Jedi? Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Adam Gidwitz taught in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full-time—which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on the couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. As is the case with all of his books, everything in them not only happened in the real fairy tales . . . it also happened to him. Really. Learn more at www.adamgidwitz.com, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @AdamGidwitz.
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As an adult fan, I have enjoyed all of the new Star Wars books to be released as part of the Journey to the Force Awakens. It is important, however to REMEMBER what age these books are aimed at! This book, and the others in this series, are EARLY READER novelizations of the original trilogy. There is PLENTY here for adults to enjoy but this is aimed at children ages 8-12.
This is a WONDERFUL book for a young Star Wars fan or a child you want to introduce to the series. This book is written in second-person perspective and has interspersed "Jedi Lessons" to help readers learn the ways of a Jedi. These things combine to create a brilliantly immerse world for the CHILDREN this is aimed at.
The re-telling of the movie is spot-on and with a number of fun extra lines and moments. The Jedi lessons are delightful and focus on meditation, staying calm in an emergency/situation, and emotional balance.
If you're considering this book for you children, don't hesitate. It's a fantastic read.
And if you're an adult fan, sit back and enjoy a quick, easy stroll through Episode V -- while keeping in mind WHO this book was written for.
This is obviously aimed at a YA audience, but if you are a fan of Star Wars, you are going to thoroughly enjoy it, and I can guarantee that there are going to be Star Wars fans across the planet standing on one leg, balancing a book on their heads, saying their address backwards, with someone lobbing rolled up socks at them – don’t worry my young Padawan, you will understand once you read it.
Gidwitz had a lot of fun writing this, he took the film that is still seen as possibly the best film in the series (even now with the newbies), and re-told it with a real YA feel to it. For starters, there is none of that soppy, icky romance stuff in it, who needs that, like gross man. We can just skip over those parts, ewwww.
Because, like, we want to focus on the cool bits dude, like, the lightsaber fights, and like, the fights with the snowspeeders, geez man, get with the story!
Gidwitz, does it really well, staying incredibly true to the story, but telling it from a teenagers point of view, it is not only clever, creative and brilliant, but it is incredibly hilarious. He has, however, managed to keep the seriousness of some parts of it, like when Han gets frozen, Luke and Vader’s fight scene etc, all of these moments that are epic scenes and crucial to the story are done like you are looking through the eyes of a scared teenager, were fear is one of the main components to this conversation.
The other really fascinating, and incredibly ingenious part of this story is the start of each chapter, in which he asks the reader to perform a small task as part of being a Jedi (I mean the book is called, ‘So you want to be a Jedi). And these aren’t things about doing things with the force, or anything silly, these are very sensible technics for learning balance, patience, control, learning to centre yourself, multitasking, learning to focus, learning to concentrate.
It is pure genius. I would be fascinated to know if Gidwitz came up with this stuff on his own, created it using a combination of his own stuff and techniques found from something online, or whether this is something that was out there already. Regardless, these little extras at the start of each chapter add a real bonus quality to the book, not only adding to the fun of it (giving a lot of people something fun to try out, and at the end of the day, if you do follow the routines laid out, you will learn a lot about patience, focus, balancing and you will definitely learn about how to spell the important aspects of your life (name address etc). Whilst this might seem a bit silly to some, for others, this might be the start to a path of learning. It might be the path that gets them looking up other things such as meditation, Tai-Chi, whatever it is, it could be something that helps them in some form.
Gidwitz makes the comment about what it is to be a Jedi, about how a lot of it is not about flashy lightsabers and force powers, and he is absolutely right. He goes on to say it is about how we treat others, not using the Dark Side in our interactions (he explains it better – you should really read the book), but he makes a valid point, and it isn't about labels, that we all have to run around saying that we are Jedi. It is about making sure that we treat each other right. Gidwitz has not only written a wonderful story, re-telling the best parts of possibly the best Star Wars film (I think so anyway, Empire has always been my favourite since I saw it as an 11yr old), he has given us a guide on how to be a Jedi, how to be a better person.
This is a brilliant book, fantastic at every level, and a must read for anyone who has any interest in Star Wars, or likes the Jedi.
Like the other books in this series, Gidwitz uses concept sketches and paintings from Ralph McQuarrie between chapters and the tone feels similar to similar to the "Star Wars Journal" series of books from 1998 and 1999. He also includes "Jedi Lessons" lettered after the Greek alphabet that are meant to teach Force skills to children, but are mostly variations on learning focus, balance, and awareness of one's surroundings. One of the largest problems is Gidwitz's free hand with the dialogue, which he changes at multiple points from that found in the film. Gidwitz directly addresses the reader at points to quickly move past scenes of romance. He also inserts unnecessary elements—such as Yoda telling a variation of the story of Calybrid, Calyphony, Calyvorra, and the Caillagh—to further add to the storytelling tradition. The overall effect is a book that feels jumbled at times and does not take itself as seriously as the film on which it is based. This is the weakest of these YA re-tellings of the Original Trilogy.