Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Return of the Padawan
by Jeffrey Brown

What it's all about . . .
In this sequel to the bestselling Star Wars: Jedi Academy, a boy named Roan returns to a middle school in a galaxy far, far away. He faces alien poetry tests, menacing robots, food fights, flight simulation class, online bullies, lightsaber duels, and worst of all . . . a girl who is mad at him.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Told through Roan's comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, e-mails, and more, this funny book has lots to keep the attention of even the most reluctant of readers.  

Our favorite illustration . . . 

From Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan. Illustration copyright 2014 by Jeffrey Brown.

Why kids will love it . . .
Kids will relate to Roan's middle school woes and laugh at the Star Wars spin on them. Roan's friend uses the Force to deflect spitballs, the alien Cafeteria Chef's menu includes "Nuggets ... served with Sarlacc mucus dipping sauce," and the class bullies are voted Most Likely to Be Sith Lords. 

Why grown-ups will love it . . . 
Because their children will devour this book and eagerly await the next one.

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