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Oct 20 2015

The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown

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Star Wars: Jedi Academy bk 3. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9780545621267
(Age: 9-12) Recommended. Author, illustrator Jeffrey Brown's popular Star Wars Jedi Academy returns. Roan Sanchez is about to enter his final year at the Jedi Academy. Middle School proves to be challenging for the young trainee, as he is honing his Jedi skills, performing in a class talent show, dating and coping with the class bully Cronah. Creatively set out as diary entries with class schedules, notes, holomail, holobook chats, cartoons, graphic diagrams, Roan's diary is an exciting account of his student life.
After Spring Break Roan settles down to training with his mentor Mr. G, as he wants to be a pilot like his father and enjoys using the flight simulator. There's the Jedi Obstacle Challenge Trial to complete where Roan learns the importance of friendship and resilience. At the Icecream Social, Roan serves the dessert with mite sauce and beetle jelly added for extra taste. Of course Cronah's involved in this mischief. After a light saber battle between Roan and his enemy, the reader gains an understanding of the reasons behind the bully's behaviour.
This diary format with personal information, insights and illustrations is an extremely popular format with preteen readers. Jeff Brown's setting of the Jedi Academy and his understanding of middle school life makes this another exciting adventure for Star Wars fans.
Rhyllis Bignell

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