Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy

New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown takes readers to a middle school in a galaxy far, far away...

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away...

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...

This inventive novel follows Roan's first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too--like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.

-summary and cover via Goodreads

Plot: I'm writing this review as someone who has never sat down and watched all the Star Wars movies. But my Dad has had them on enough that I feel I have pretty much absorbed the plot and pretty much know the plot of all the movies. (I have watched almost all of the the Clone Wars TV show that premiered a few years ago, and I watched that movie awhile back, too.). Just thought I needed to get that out there!

Alright, on with the review! The plot is fun! It's more about Roan going to the Jedi Academy (And his first year there.) than anything else, but it's a fun plot! And I think even if you aren't very familar with the movies, you might enjoy this book! It's kind of told in a diary (Journal, whatever word you want to use.) format, with entries, doodles, comics, "pictures", and letters written to Roan thoughout it!

Characters: Roan is entertaining, and while I had a little bit of trouble keeping track of everyone's names in it (That's probably just me, I'm horrible with remembering names!), I enjoyed all the characters in it!

The cover: Fun! Fits the book!

Overall: I had read about this book when it first released 2013, but kept forgetting to get it at the library. I finally got myself to put it on hold and I'm happy I did! Enjoyable read that I think Star Wars fans would enjoy, and I think people who aren't fans of it might enjoy this book, too! I look forward to reading the 2nd book! :)

I checked this book out from my library.

Authors website:
Age Range: Middle Grade
Series?:  Yep! The 2nd book, Return of the Padawan is out now! :)
Publisher: Scholastic

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