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Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan!

Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan! illus. by Jeffrey Brown. 176p. Scholastic. Jul. 2014. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780545621250.
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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
Roan's second year at Jedi Academy is unexpectedly challenging. Star pilot flight training frustrates him, but sustaining worthy friendships is even harder. A field trip to the planet Hoth, a droid-building competition, and some spats on Holobook (a futuristic Facebook) round out the year. Brown uses comic strips, journal entries, class notes, and more to present his humorous if slight school story.

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