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Oct 23 2013

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

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Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9780545505178.
Recommended. Themes of learning, middle school, humour and resilience. Jeff Brown reveals the fun, frivolity and frustration in the mayhem of middle school. Eager to follow in his family's footsteps Roan is eager to enter the prestigious Pilot Academy.  However he is rejected at first and must attend the Jedi Academy to earn his right of passage. Humorous comic style illustrations capture Roan's first year at the Academy as he learns to lift objects using his mind powers, fence with a light sabre, create erupting volcanoes, improve his dancing techniques and generally master the force. Roan discovers he has more ability and determination than he had imagined and under the instruction of the wise Master Yoda begins to thrive.
Interesting visual language is explored in a variety of forms; journal entries, family letters and newspaper cuttings. This book will have high appeal for reluctant readers.
Barbara O'Connor

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