Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Book#1) by Jeffrey Brown –ESSENTIAL

Brown, Jeffrey Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Book#1) 160 pgs, Scholastic Inc.; 2013. $6.99  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Set in the Star Wars Galaxy, Roan is a 6th grader on the planet of Tattooine, all in wants in life is to go to the Pilot Academy like his big brother, so they can become pilots, like their dad. Roan is denied acceptance and is crushed. Then he receives a letter accepting him to the Jedi Academy. He doesn’t know that much about it but its better than going to the agricultural academy. Because he is starting a bit older than the other students, he has to make friends and catch up in skill to everyone else. Will he ever be able to use the force to life objects? Will he ever be able to understand Master Yoda? What about blowing up stuff like his friends at the Pilot Academy? Told in journal format this book presents Roan’s first year in school in illustrated comics, letters, blurbs, and newspaper tidbits.

Give me this series ANYDAY for reluctant readers over Captain Underpants. Get this series and its guaranteed to be popular with 2-4 grade boys. I sorta avoided reviewing this, because the comics/text is microscopic on many pages, but it was totally a fun read! I think star wars fans will adore this series, and its really geared quite well for younger readers. You know it’s a good book when you find yourself wishing it was longer. Although the main character is in 6th grade I just think there isn’t enough plot/adventure for upper elementary readers. Though its wholesome enough for even second graders. I am adding this series to my library as fast as I can.

EL (K-3), EL  –ESSENTIAL  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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