by Jeffrey Brown

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This book cracked me up. Jedi Academy is the hand-written and -drawn journal of Roan Novachez, a boy from Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. Roan desperately wanted to become a fighter pilot, but is rejected from the Pilot Academy. He has to settle for the Jedi Academy for the galactic equivalent of middle school.  Through comics, drawings, and journal entries, Roan chronicles all the usual human adjustments to boarding school – leaving home, making friends, and dealing with bullies – plus those that would only take place in the Star Wars universe – learning to use a light saber, decoding Yoda’s grammar and his Wookie gym teacher’s language, and using the Force for everyday tasks.

With Jeffrey Brown’s humor, the results are adorable and funny. It would work for older kids, but might be even better for adults who grew up with Star Wars. Roan, for example, wonders whether Yoda might be “teaching instead of being a full-time Jedi because he’s going kind of senile.” In contrast to the individual scenes collected in Brown’s other similar books, Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, this book tells a complete story. For me, it was much funnier and more enjoyable than the other two.

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