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|Return of the padawan|
Author: Brown, Jeffrey
Number 2: Second year student Roan Novachez has to face alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, more lightsaber duels, and worst of all ... a girl who is mad at him.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 168339
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 64310
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/14)
School Library Journal (06/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2014 Roan Novachez has high hopes for his second year at Jedi Academy, since he finally gets to start his pilot training. Because his dad is a pilot, Roan feels confident that he’ll be great, but when he finally gets to class, he realizes he has a lot to learn. He also has a lot to learn about being a good friend: a few misunderstandings with his closest buddies lead to a lot of hurt feelings, and Roan falls in with the mean-kid crowd for a while. The contrasts between Roan’s journal entries and the panels depicting his days at school demonstrate Roan’s still-burgeoning sense of emotional maturity and make the growth of his self-awareness and confidence that much more gratifying. Roan’s comics for the school paper, as well as class schedules and cafeteria menus stuffed with Star Wars jokes, are delightful interludes. Best-selling Brown’s naive, sketchy black-and-white illustrations are the perfect match for this journal-style comics hybrid, sure to appeal to fans of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The runaway success of Brown’s Star Wars–themed graphic novels will likely keep growing, thanks to a sizable first printing. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2014 Gr 4–6—Roan Novachez is back for a second year at Jedi Academy—a typical middle school with a Star Wars twist. Students communicate via messages posted to holobook and endure disgusting cafeteria food served by the new Gamorrean chef, Gammy. Roan spends his days training to be a Jedi while navigating problematic situations with friends, embarrassing moments, bullies, and the worries of report cards. Classes are taught by Librarian Lackbar, Master Yoda, and other characters from the films. Yoda is an exception, but other familiar characters have slightly different names, like T-P30 and RW-22. The full-color cover is a bit misleading, since all graphics inside are rendered in black-and-white; however, the content makes up for any disappointment. This series of diary-format graphic novels is sure to be popular with elementary and middle-grade readers. Recommended for all public and school libraries.—Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.