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Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Scholastic Star Wars: Jedi Academy Series #1)

Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Scholastic Star Wars: Jedi Academy Series #1)

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by Jeffrey Brown

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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...


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.

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Roan Novachez has his heart set on going to the Pilot Academy Middle School. When he does not get in, things look bleak until he receives a letter from the Jedi Academy inviting him to attend. Right from the beginning, he has trouble fitting in, and he doubts that he will ever be able to master the power of the Force. In fact, Roan's main skills, drawing and writing cartoons, seem like a bad fit in this elite school. Yoda, however, believes in him, and with his help and a lot of encouragement from his family and fellow students, Roan begins to find his place in life. This story is part of the "Star Wars" franchise, and it has everything you might expect: lightsabers, wookies, ewoks, and, of course, the inimitable (and sometimes incomprehensible) Yoda. But the lessons in this book about going to a new school, learning new things, meeting girls, and working hard to make a success of an unexpected situation are universal. The values of Yoda and his friends, which stress compassion and perseverance in a difficult world, are certainly ones which children and parents can relate to. The illustrations are in black and white. The story is told in the form of a journal, most of it in cartoon format, written by Roan. The journal is complete with copies of his school quizzes, report cards, diagrams of lightsabers, and other interesting tidbits. The plot line could have been a little stronger, since at times the book begins to resemble a random series of adventures in school. Nevertheless, you do not have to be a "Star Wars" fan to enjoy this book, and its lessons are likely to be understood and appreciated by boys. At the back of the book are some tips on how to start your own journal. Reviewer: Leona Illig
From the Publisher

"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." - Booklist starred review

School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel. On the 2012 census, 176,632 people in England and Wales listed their religion as Jedi. At this point, Star Wars books may qualify as religious texts. Some of the comics and novels would be considered apocrypha, as they depart wildly from the plot of the films. Brown has cornered the market on Jedi Sunday school stories, as it were, with two previous picture books about little Luke and Leia and their dad, Darth Vader. This graphic novel stars Roan, a reluctant young Jedi-in-training. He'd rather be a fighter pilot like all his friends. This chronicle of his year at Jedi Academy takes familiar Star Wars tropes and runs with them and is at its best when it subverts the traditional doctrine. The scenes with Yoda are hilarious; Roan can't understand a word he says. YODA: "Ohhhh! Good to meet me, it is, hm? Heh Heh!" ROAN: "Um, what?" The plot rambles from time to time, and not every joke works, but even the Bible has its share of dubious puns. If this book is apocryphal, it's more fun than some of the actual movies and a lot funnier. One of the droids breaks down like an old VCR, right when it's supposed to deliver an urgent message. Sacrilege of the most satisfying kind. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)

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Scholastic Star Wars: Jedi Academy Series , #1
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author/illustrator of Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, both which imagine what it would have been like if Darth Vader had raised a young Luke and Leia.

Jeffrey is a lifelong Star Wars fan, but despite his best efforts, has been unable to use the Force. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jennifer, and his two sons.

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything STAR WARS is awesome
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It is such a good book loved it! It was awsome!
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Ann_W More than 1 year ago
Although I figured that this book was mainly intended for kids, I really liked Jeffrey Brown's cartoon books about Darth Vader as a dad, and so I wanted to check it out. This book is different because it's the story of a fictional boy, Roan, who wants to go to pilot school like his dad and older brother did. He's sad when he gets a letter of rejection, but then he gets another letter telling him that he's been accepted into Jedi Academy. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for this unexpected turn of events. (I thought that children started their Jedi training much younger, as some of the other characters in this book thought, as well.) Nonetheless, Roan leaves his home planet of Tatooine and goes off to Jedi Academy. The book is the story of his experiences there, including report cards, school newspaper articles, letters from Roan's family, Roan's own journal, and the comics that he likes to draw, a talent he shares with his creator, Jeffrey Brown. There are typical rivalries, mean kids, friendships, and even a nice girl student whom Roan develops a crush on. This story takes place long before any of the Star Wars movies, so the characters are different, except for Master Yoda, whom Roan initially finds difficult to understand. There are teachers, students, and droids who may remind you of various Star Wars movie characters. Then there is Roan's struggle to feel the Force and learn to use it. The author is obviously a big Star Wars fan (as I am), and his new book is a lot of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be called i funny jedi edition because its.so FUNNY!!!!!!!
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It is a very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love your books mr.Brown plz keep writing i have read all ththree books of yours waiting for a fourth im 11 and astonished by your amazing creative writting im a huge star wars fan and have been one ever scince i was atleast 6 anyone who doesnt like it is dumb i have posted on all youe other book plz listen if u r uncertain on buying this book it is so eorth it and plz put more twists like u did in the second book with pasha and giana i like the third book the best but others r great to u r a very talented writer mr.Brown if some one tells u otherwise smack them upside the head and tell them its from your #1 fan im a boy and my name is Rome:)!!!
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Nice book
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The book is so funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son read it in just a few days. We even had to get the 2nd book the same day he finished the first one.
CaliNicole More than 1 year ago
I'm trying very hard to get my son excited about reading and finding beginner chapter book at his level that he likes is quite tricky. I was not too thrilled when the book arrived and I found that this book is just a really long comic book. I would not have purchased it had I known that.
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Very disappointed in the story line.  I thought Brown's previous books were enjoyable.  Stick with the Origami series if you really want a view into middle school students.
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