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Get enrolled in Star Wars®: Jedi Academy!

Going to a new school can be difficult, especially when all your friends are headed to another school. You have to make new friends, find your classrooms, learn new subjects, and get to know your teachers—which can be especially intimidating if one of them is a Wookiee!

In the new completely illustrated novel from Jeffrey Brown, Roan has his heart set on attending Pilot Academy for middle school, just like his older brother. So when his application is denied, he’s devastated! Then another letter arrives inviting him to attend Jedi Academy. So he packs up his things and heads off to meet Master Yoda and the other faculty members.

Most Jedis start training as toddlers, so Roan stands out as the new kid in class, and he struggles to fit in. But he eventually gets into the swing of things by joining some extracurricular activities, like drawing comics for the school paper. He’s also kept busy with his studies, including lightsaber dueling and using the Force, along with algebra, science, and phys ed.

The story is told entirely through Roan’s journal entries, letters, homework assignments, and comic strips. It’s a clever, immersive way to tell the story, and the illustrations are both charming and funny, with plenty of references to satisfy Star Wars fans. Even for non-fans it’s an accessible school story that just happens to take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Graphic novels and illustrated books are a great way to engage readers of all sorts. In addition to being satisfying to read, books with illustrations encourage kids to combine both visual and textual information to support and deepen their understanding of what’s going on in a story. We love books like Star Wars®: Jedi Academy, Stick Dog, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series not only because they’re a lot of fun, but because they appeal to readers of all interests and abilities.

 

To read more about Roan’s first year at Jedi Academy, check out Star Wars®: Jedi Academy, available now from Scholastic Reading Club!

 

Bio about Author: Sean is a managing copywriter for the Scholastic Reading Club print catalogs. An all-around entertainment junkie, Sean also DJs in his spare time.

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