Review of Star Wars Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown

Star Wars Jedi Academy

by Jeffrey Brown

Scholastic, Sept 2013. 160 pages.

This is Diary of a Wimpy Kid crossed with Star Wars. It is going to be a huge hit with our library patrons. From the author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess comes this graphic novel look at what middle school would be like – if you were training to be a Jedi.

Roan Novachez lives on Tattooine and he’s waiting eagerly for his acceptance to Pilot Academy, when, much to his disappointment, he gets selected by Master Yoda for Jedi Academy instead. Kids used to Star Wars will especially enjoy Roan’s impressions of the characters for the first time.

About Yoda, he says, “Everything up mixed says he, backwards he talks.” He includes translations of the beeps and boops from their droid, and what their Wookiee gym teacher has said this week. It’s all very funny in the context of Star Wars, but it all rings true as to things middle school kids have to deal with – tests, a science project, an election, competition, learning new skills, and navigating friendships. Oh, and making light sabers.

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Source: This review is based on an Advance Review Copy I got at ALA Annual Conference.

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