Brown, J. (2013). Star Wars: Jedi Academy. New York, NY: Scholastic.
This is a great introductory graphic novel for tweens age 8-12 who are fans of Star Wars. The book the first in the series that currently has three books. It is set up as the journal of Roan Novachez a young boy hoping to go to Pilot Academy Middle School. When he is rejected he is convinced he is destined to become a farmer but finds out he has been accepted into Jedi School instead. He is nervous because he is starting much later than the other Jedi students and he’s not even sure he wants to be a Jedi. Over the course of the year he makes many new friends and discovers that while he may not have the best control of his Jedi powers he is quite powerful. The setup of the book is really interesting as there are pages that look like normal journal entries as well as comics Roan draws both to explain what is going on in his life as well as comics that he writes for school. This includes an Ewok pilot comic strip he draws for the school paper. The journal also features other papers added to his journal like his rejection letter from the pilot school and the flyer for the lightsaber fencing tournament. Yoda is the only original Star Wars character to appear in the book the other students and faculty are all new characters.
Jeffery Brown has also written other books focused around Darth Vader the first was titled Darth Vader and Son. It would be interesting to make a Star Wars themed book display that includes Brown’s books as well as other Star Wars related books like the Origami Yoda series. There are also other Jedi themed graphic novels for tweens. This would be a fun display to put together for May 4th, May the fourth be with you! It would also be a fun display to put together leading up to the release of the new Star Wars movie.