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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...
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...
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  • 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.

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  • DOGO Books caitsith - So far, very good book. It is the novellization of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It starts where the droids, C3PO and R2-D2. enter Jabba the Hutts palace to bring a message from Luke Skywalker... If you like Star Wars but don have the movies this is a very good book for you! The first book in this series is the Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy (A New Hope), and the second is So You Want to Be a Jedi? (The Empire Strikes Back.) Also, you should check out the Origami Yoda series (pretty sure that is what its called) also by Tom Angleberger!
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    Angleberger, of Origami Yoda fame, follows Alexandra Bracken (The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy, 2015) and Adam Gidwitz (So You Want to Be a Jedi, 2015) to close out the trilogy of novels retelling the three original Star Wars films. In the longest of this trilogy, Angleberger appears to relish packing in as many details as he possibly can. In fact, in places where the extra information he wants to insert doesn't fit in the narration, he uses footnotes. The book opens with a classic "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." scroll-style introductory recap before launching readers into the complicated scheme to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. Once all players are safe, they must deal with a bigger problem-the Empire is building "a new and improved" Death Star. If the Rebellion can't stop Emperor Palpatine now, then future resistance may be impossible. Luke also grapples with the revelation that Darth Vader is his father, and he's desperate to find goodness buried somewhere in the emperor's right-hand man. The emperor, for his part, sees Luke's potential and wants him as a Sith apprentice. The final showdown, both on the ship between Luke and Vader and between everyone else on Endor, is action-packed. Early in the book the footnotes sometimes come too frequently and with content that doesn't add much, but as the book goes on the notes are better spaced and frequently hilarious. While the novel doesn't add much to expand on the film, it is far better than the average movie novelization; Angleberger's intrusive narrator adds pleasant texture to the story proper as well as footnotes. As intended, a great way to prepare for Disney's new Star Wars film. (Science fantasy. 8-12) COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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    November 1, 2015

    Gr 4-8-Middle grade "Star Wars" fanatics as well as those new to the franchise will find plenty to enjoy in Angleberger's take on Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As in the film, readers are quickly brought up to speed with three brief paragraphs of exposition. Angleberger sticks closely to the source material, moving through the film scene by scene and including much of the original dialogue. At the same time, he adds plenty of background, drawing on his familiarity with the canon to incorporate character thoughts and motivations, insight into the intergalactic politics at play, and the essentials of the various planets and moons that serve as setting. Occasional footnotes provide quick, often humorous asides on a wide range of trivia and facts, from the importance of the Death Star's elevators to the difference between bowcasters and blaster rifles. Angleberger's enthusiasm for and deep knowledge of the "Star Wars" universe is evident, but he exercises restraint, balancing obscure details that will only interest hard-core fans with more general context needed by those new to the story. Spot illustrations and cinematic descriptions make it easy for readers to visualize the action. VERDICT Those familiar with the classic movie will find this to be a faithful adaptation with the bonus of Angleberger's distinctive and amusing narrative voice. New fans will be inspired to seek out the original, and won't be spoiled by having enjoyed this version.-Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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