The Phantom Bully

illus by Jeffrey Brown.176p. (Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Bk. 3). Scholastic. Aug. 2015. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780545621267; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9780545666442.
Gr 5 Up—In this third installment of the series, middle school student Roan Novachez is returning to the Jedi Academy for his final year of Padawan training. This year each student gets a Jedi mentor. Like his peers, Roan has to hone his Jedi skills, perform in a class talent show, and complete a Padawan Obstacle Challenge Trial and a Jedi Labyrinth Trial. Brown illustrates this story in the form of diary entries, which include newsletter snapshots, class schedules, report cards, notes, holomail, and holobook chat discussions.
VERDICT Star Wars fans will enjoy this latest volume, especially when Roan challenges bully Cronah in a lightsaber duel. Recommended.

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