Tuesday, May 26

Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Jedi Academy
(Jedi Academy #1)
Jeffrey Brown

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-0545505178
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of publication: August 27, 2013
Age: Grades 3 - 7
Genre: Science Fiction

Themes: The Force, bullies, friendship, students

Roan is looking forward to moving on to Pilot School, just like his brother, dad, and grandfather before him. To his horror and confusion, however, he is rejected admittance—and is mysteriously accepted to the Jedi Academy. Working with "the Force" and some sort of beam sword? Wrinkly, old green guys for teachers? What has Roan gotten into?

Part diary, part comic, this book is definitely a non-traditional format to draw non-traditional readers—and traditional readers alike. However, it was not my style. Still, it was good. Roan struggles with typical preteen/new school issues such as girls, new friends, bullies, and tough school subjects, but all while being a Jedi. So Roan is relatable, as well as admirable. Overall, however, the story was a bit dry—it's definitely more focused on the school drama than Jedi/Star Wars action. In the end, it's not my favorite, but I can see it as an easy recommendation for reluctant readers and Star Wars fans.

Readalikes include Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate.

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