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Nov 03 2014

Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy Book 2. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743625842
(Ages: 9-12) Author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown's Star Wars Jedi Academyhas proved to be a highly successful graphic novel appreciated by fans from 9-12 years of age. The diary format with personal information, insights and illustrations is an extremely popular format with preteen readers.
This time around Roan Novachez is faced with a new set of middle school challenges at the Jedi Academy. His summer holidays were enjoyable, he flew the Corellian Run with his friend Pasha. This year Roan faces a variety of new challenges and friendship issues. Roan's school life is recorded in cartoons, diary entries, letters, sketches and e-mails (holomails). His days are filled with alien poetry tests, dodge ball accidents, food fights, problems in flight simulation class, field trips and light saber duels.
Typical middle-school issues arise as Roan experiences all sorts of trouble, friendships, bullies even trouble with his crush Gaiana. He continues to learn about the Force, undertakes pilot training and unfortunately learns that there are consequences for starting down the path of the Dark Side.
This is another exciting adventure for Star Wars fans as Brown captures the ups and downs of life at the Jedi Academy.
Rhyllis Bignell

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