Three more canon stories next week!
I confidently believe I speak for many – if not all – Star Wars fans when I say it’s grand to be a perpetually kid when it comes to our favorite universe from a galaxy far, far away. We’ve all seen grown men fighting for Star Wars “dolls” – OK, action figures – and cosplaying to the nth degree, even just to go stand in a line for hours to have a chance at the aforementioned dolls. And it’s awesome!
Enter Disney/Lucasfilm’s efforts to get us primed for The Force Awakens with more than 20 books – many of which are young adult and junior novels – in a marketing blitz to appeal to all ages of the Star Wars Fandom Universe.
Talk about feeding into our desires to never grow up.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve absolutely gobbled up the six new adult canon novels released this year, a young adult novel, Lost Stars, and the three junior novels, Smuggler’s Run, Moving Target, and A Weapon of the Jedi. They all are excellent.
Yes, I know there’s a preconceived notion the young adult, junior novels, and young readers aren’t as compelling or engaging as adult novels, but I beg to differ. While the sentence structure and the overall concepts are simplified to a certain degree to make it appropriate for the age group targeted, they are just as enjoyable in my opinion as the adult novels if you are a Star Wars fan. They certainly enhance my certain point of view of the Star Wars Universe.
If you agree, you’re in for a real treat – this Tuesday (September 22, 2015) marks the release of three more junior novels! I downloaded the sampler of the three books and will post my reviews of the first few chapters of each on release day. You can download the sampler, too, by clicking here: http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/06/Star-Wars-Chapter-Sampler-FINAL.pdf
Here’s the description from StarWars.com (http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-adaptation-covers-revealed-presenting-the-new-original-trilogy):
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
“That’s how it all started. And it will soon continue. With the world anxiously awaiting the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this holiday season, Disney-Lucasfilm Press has decided to revise the saga for a whole new generation of readers. In a new series coming September 22, fans will experience the original trilogy in an entirely different way, with Star Wars: A New Hope — The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — So You Want to Be a Jedi by Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm series), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi — Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger (the Origami Yoda series).
“But these are more than just mere retellings from this top talent; these are fresh interpretations — true to the films but filtered through each author’s vision. In each novel, the authors get inside the characters’ heads, tell us about the scenes between the scenes, and even teach us how to be a Jedi.”
Here’s the descriptions of each of the books on Amazon.com:
Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Ages 8-12; Grades 3-7
The galaxy is at war.
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen-the Death Star. The rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy. . . .
Acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you’ve never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to be a Jedi?
Author: Adam Gidwitz
Ages 8-12; Grades 3-7
Acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backlike you’ve never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today’s young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
Author: Tom Angleberger
Ages 8-12, Grades 3-7
Acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Tom Angleberger delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi like you’ve never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today’s young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.