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Jedi Academy

Brown, Jeffrey (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown takes readers to a middle school in a galaxy far, far away.... This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away... Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now... This inventive novel follows Roan's first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too--like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.
Authors: Brown, Jeffrey, 1975-
Title: Jedi Academy
[juvenile graphic]
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scholastic Inc.,, [2013]
Characteristics: 160 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
still image
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 10 14 15
ISBN: 0545505178
9780545505178
9780545609999
Statement of Responsibility: by Jeffery Brown
Subject Headings: Star wars Juvenile fiction. Middle schools Juvenile fiction. American wit and humor Juvenile literature. Graphic novels Juvenile literature.
Topical Term: Middle schools
American wit and humor
Graphic novels
LCCN: 2013931939
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Roan's dreams of attending Pilot Academy for middle school are dashed when he isn't accepted, but then he receives an invitation to the distant and unfamiliar Jedi Academy, where he must learn to get along as the new kid.

The story of Roan Novachez, Jedi Academy student, is told through comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. This incredible, original story from author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school ... in a galax... Read More »

Comment by: JCLChrisK Nov 21, 2013

The middle school years are rough, and there's an endless supply of books that make the case. Many of the top recent ones, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, The Dork Diaries, and The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda, use an informal journal format with plentiful sketches and simple illustra... Read More »


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Jun 29, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for Star Wars fans. Roan's dream is to follow his dad and older brother to pilot academy but when he's rejected he ends up selected to attend the Jedi Academy - despite being quite old for Padawan training. Misadventures and fish out of water situations ensue but coming from the man behind "Vader and Son" and "Vader's Little Princess" this is great fun for Star Wars fans young and old.

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Young Roan Novachez is starting school where he learns to expect the unexpected. Read this book, you must. Learn how to become a Jedi, you will.

Apr 29, 2014
  • Dixiedog2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jeffrey Brown’s - Jedi Academy – Graphic Novel & Comic; very entertaining. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Nov 21, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The middle school years are rough, and there's an endless supply of books that make the case. Many of the top recent ones, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, The Dork Diaries, and The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda, use an informal journal format with plentiful sketches and simple illustrations. This is one such book, except it's not set in a realistic, contemporary school, it's set in a Jedi Academy. Roan has to deal with all the same situations and challenges as every other middle schooler, except his teachers have names like Yoda and his subjects include things like Basic Lifting with the Force.
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Roan has always dreamed of getting away from his parents' farm on Tatooine by qualifying for Pilot Academy and becoming a hotshot star pilot. So he is crushed when he gets a rejection letter from the school. Then an acceptance letter shows up from Jedi Academy, whatever that is. Now, to avoid Agriculture Academy, he is leaving behind his friends, family, and dreams to study something he knows nothing about surrounded by people he doesn't know. He feels completely out of place and is sure he'll never fit in. Everything has gone wrong.
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Packed full of relatable experiences, humor, and Star Wars references, this is a book that many a middle schooler will love.

Nov 20, 2013
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

HAHAHA!!!! LOL FUNNY!!!!! I love the "Things that Yoda said" sections in Roan's diary! Very cute!!!!

Entertaining, with a just-right tone for the emotional travails of middle school. The narration takes the form of diary entries, which breaks the story up into satisfying chunks. Other graphic interruptions provide variety as the story unfolds. There are in-jokes aplenty for true fans, but casual readers can still enjoy this. Kudos to Jeffrey Brown for delivering the goods.

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