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Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Jedi Academy #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  6,257 Ratings  ·  763 Reviews
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...

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Scholastic, Inc.
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A I think roan gets bullied because he gets in to jedi academy with out any effort or experiance which makes cyrus and cronah jealous

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Sep 07, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartoon, kids
This was a cute book. Roan wants to go to Pilot Academy, like his father before him...he doesn't get in, and thinks he will get stuck on Tatooine with the plant academy...but he ends up with an invitation to Jedi School on Corcorant!

Hi jinx ensue, but the Force is strong with this one and we learn lessons about sometimes needing things we didn't want and learning to adapt.

Good for kids, especially young Star Wars fans.
Aug 15, 2014 Carmen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Star Wars who are rabid
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
I like Star Wars (the original trilogy). I liked that this took place in that universe. I really like Yoda, and he is adorable and funny in this book.

Unfortunately, this book is not very good. The plots are boring and junior high-ish (does this girl like me? Do the other kids like me? Cafeteria food is gross! etc.)

I was excited at first to see a whole cast of characters made up of the different species of aliens you see in Star Wars. Unfortunately, Brown doesn't shake this up. The Wookie teache
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I enjoyed both Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess, so I figured I'd try this out. But it didn't take many pages (maybe 20 - 25) to realize this book seriously wasn't for me.

The Star Wars nerd of me has no clue how this fits into continuity - wasn't Anakin reamed for being "too old"?! Then how did this punk get into the Jedi Academy with nary a complaint?! Yet ANOTHER kid from Tatooine?! Jeez, what is that desert planet, the birthing capital of the galaxy! I swear, ever
In the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, written and illustrated by the guy who brought us Vader's Little Princess, Jedi Academy follows a Tatooine farmboy named Roan, who totally doesn't remind me of anybody I know, entering Jedi Academy late. In middle school, which is practically ancient by padawan standards. As far as illustrated journal middle grade books go, this one is pretty decent. Roan's voice is consistent, and he's far less irritating and self absorbed than Greg Heffley can be. I im ...more
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Mum: So tell me about it.

LRN: This was a very fun book. It was also funny in a middle grade humor sort of way. You know: farts, stuff. One of my favorite parts was when he was dancing with a girl at a dance at the Jedi Academy and his mouth turns into a squiggly line. How can I say this? And then he thinks, "I hope she can't tell how sweaty I am."

Mum: So tell me about the plot?

LRN: So there's this kid called Roan who is going to middle school, and he wants to be a pilot, kind of like Luke Skywa
Raoofa Ibrahim
Jun 09, 2016 Raoofa Ibrahim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Who needs pilot school? I'm going to be a Jedi
This book turned out better than I expected! it's talks abot Roan who lives in Tatooine
he wanted to be a pilot just like his father and brother, but pilot school will not accept him,

luckily the Jedi academy will send him an acceptance letter based on Yoda's recommendation

The book is about his first year in the Jedi Academy.
I want to see if he'll become a Jedi Knight
Strong in you, the Force is- Jedi,you may be. Much potential, you have. Goo
Mar 14, 2014 Ruel rated it really liked it
Wonderful children's book about the wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) world of middle school, set in the Star Wars universe. I've never read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but this is supposed to be similar, with its journal-style entries and excellent illustrations (kudos again to Jeffrey Brown, who did the delightful Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess books). Jedi Academy has the familiar themes of middle-school awkwardness, peer pressure, and bullying, and they're all addressed accord ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
This was a delightful, fun, cute and entertaining journal-type book!

Roan, our protagonist, is denied entry into Pilot Academy (The school to which both his father and older brother were admitted to, and the one he desperately wants to get into himself). But, when the prospect of Plant School is Roan only option, he is relieved (if somewhat confused) about his admittance into Jedi Academy.

This tale doesn't exactly create an entirely new world or educational structure that would be fitting to a Je
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 23, 2013 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Let me preface by saying I haven't read Brown's Vader books, and that's ok because this book is not part of that series. I also am not a big Star Wars fan. I love the original three movies but have no time for the others; in fact I don't think I've ever even read a Star Wars "tie-in" book before. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed this book so much and I think it is due to the originality, which is hard to do with something as familiar as Star Wars. The book is po ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
4.5 stars

So glad I checked this out of the library. Roan wants one thing - to be pilot. Too bad his dreams are crushed when his application to the Pilot Academy is rejected. Resigned to attending plant school, Roan thinks his life is over before he even enters middle school. Then a surprise invitation to attend Jedi Academy arrives, and since he's so desperate to get off of Tatooine, he accepts.

Told through comics, journal entries, and letters home, Star Wars: Jedi Academy follows Roan during hi
Dec 06, 2014 Belf rated it it was amazing
An informative guide to boarding school.
Jan 24, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
A cute little adventure.
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Dec 26, 2015 Rachel's Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
Perfect book to read right now ;)

Adorable! Definitely humorous, and relevant.

review soon.
Mar 06, 2017 Leo rated it really liked it
It was a really good book.
First of all, Thanks Scholastic and NetGalley for letting me read this book before it's published.

At first I was a little disappointed. Unlike Vader's Little Princess (which I loved) this book was not color :( and it had many more words. Once I came to terms with the fact that I wasn't reading a graphic novel so much as a middle grade with extra illustrations (a la Wimpy Kid's Diary) I was able to finish it without scowling.

My six and four-year-old actually sat through the first half before requ
Several weeks ago I noted that my son was reading this book. He had checked it out from the public library. I could tell he enjoyed it. An idea hatched. His birthday was last week. I purchased him the entire series via Scholastic for his birthday. He loved it!

The other day we went to the market. The whole time he read book #2. I have a dozen photographs of him doing so. One he even sat down on the floor to continue reading.

Well, he finished the series and kept telling me I had to read the books.
Dani Shuping
Jul 06, 2013 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
ARC provided by NetGalley

*Note this is not a continuation of the "Darth Vader and" series*

Roan's dream is to attend the Pilot Academy like his old brother, father, and grandfather before him. But just when it seems like his dream is going to come true it's mysteriously diverted to the Jedi Academy...a school that doesn't normally take older kids...until now. Master Yoda believes that Roan is strong with the Force, stronger than anyone knows. And under the tutelage of Master Yoda and others he le
This is a cute idea but it never quite pulled me in the way that "Origami Yoda" did. Both of them want to be a Star Wars Wimpy Kid but Roan's story was missing...something. I'm wondering if it is because this was the first in the series and so many introductions had to happen and setting up the whole Jedi Academy plot line. I might pick up book 2 and see if it has a little more to it.

I did REALLY like that Brown has, as the final page in the book, instructions for how readers can start their ow
Wayne McCoy
Jul 24, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Jeffrey Brown's Jedi Academy is a hilarious graphic novel for ages 8 and up that had me laughing out loud. Roan Novachez wants to go to Pilot Academy like his older brother and grow up to be a pilot like his dad. When he is rejected by the school, he thinks he's going to be relegated to farming on Tatooine. A letter from Jedi Academy shows up and Roan learns that he has been chosen by master Yoda himself to join. The problem is that Jedi are usually chosen at a younger age, so Roan has some catc ...more
Graeme Syed
Jan 13, 2014 Graeme Syed rated it it was amazing
This book is almost a reflective journal of a young boy, Roan, as he embarks on his first year at Jedi academy. It contains pictures, drawings, lists and observations of what he does on an almost daily basis. For Star Wars buffs there is a lot of humour in this book and I think it is clearly written for parents as well as children in key stage 2 and early key stage 3. It covers all of the things a new starter in a school could possibly encounter including; settling in, making friends, bullying, ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it
When Roan doesn't get accepted into Pilot School, he thinks his life is over. And then a life-changing letter arrives: he's been recruited for the jedi academy! Padawans are usually recruited as toddlers, so Roan is about a decade behind. Does he have what it takes to be a jedi?

If you're familiar with Star Wars, this book is adorable (at least in a satirical sort of way.)Children unfamiliar with the SW cannon might be lost or uninterested with all the in-jokes that are heavily woven throughout
Lava Guy
Sep 01, 2016 Lava Guy rated it it was amazing
Grade: A

I thought this was very inspirational. A young boy straying from one path to another from what he thought was doom becomes heaven. At first he wanted to fly but thought he couldn’t. This led him to the Jedi Academy instead of the Pilot Academy. This helped him meet new friends and learn new things. I related to this because sometimes I want to do a certain thing and can’t, but then I end up getting to do something way cooler instead.

This felt like a journey he could never imagine. I fel
Meleka Taylor
Mar 31, 2016 Meleka Taylor rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodiness!!!! I loved this book. I picked it up because I like Star Wars and I thought it was super cute. This children's book was better than some adult books that I have read. I was engulfed in this book. The plot was great and it got me involved emotionally. I am a big softie. I cried through this book. This book tells of Roan Novachez and his disappointment of not getting into fighter pilot school, but by coincident he was accepted into Jedi Academy on recommendation of Master Yoda him ...more
Ms. Yingling
Boy, I thought this would be a slam dunk. Graphic novel AND Star Wars? However, my core Star Wars readers (including Surly Teen Boy) are VERY SERIOUS about Star Wars, and this was more of a comic romp. The fact that STB is older might have caused him to wrinkle his nose, but my core readers... they won't even read the Davids' books out of order, and if I am missing one in a series we have to get it from the public library. Perhaps for younger Star Wars fans, this would be a good match, but I don ...more
Awww. This is a backstory to Star Wars that many fans and non-fans can enjoy. Luke wants to be a pilot, but ends up in Jedi Academy instead, circa age 11. So, you know, Space Potter, kind of.

Fun stuff, and realistic about the difficulties of being away from home and in a new school.

Library copy.
Aaron Wallace
Aug 30, 2014 Aaron Wallace rated it it was amazing
best comic book ever!I whas so excited when I found this book because I love star wars so much.This book is very funny and a few funny name and characters.Its also longer then an avrege comic book
this is why I like this book
May 01, 2015 Zachary rated it it was amazing
it is a book for people who like actions and a little lightsaber fighting.
Angel Alaguna
Oct 09, 2014 Angel Alaguna rated it it was amazing
i like this book because it shows how to dont care about what people say and live on life and to belive in your self
Thanks to my boyfriend for giving me the boxset of these as a present! <3

This was such a fun, delightful book. I am so happy that I got these as a present (my boyfriend knew just how much I wanted them). The book is a diary, with added letters, posters, comics, it was truly fun how much diversity there was in the material. From written diary entries to comic entries, you really get a feeling that you know Roan, that you are there with him in the Jedi Academy.

I loved the Jedi Academy, I felt
Logan Guerra
Sep 28, 2015 Logan Guerra rated it it was amazing
Would you want to go to Jedi academy and become a Jedi and have telekenisis or go to pilot academy to fly to different planets? The genre of this book is fantasy. I like the book because it has a relation to middle school,because you finish Elementary (primary) school and you get all excited when you go to Middle school (academy). First your born in a planet with different things then when you get older you finish primary school and wants to figure out what academy (school) you want to go to and ...more
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Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up reading comic books with dreams of someday drawing them, only to abandon them and focus on becoming a 'fine artist.' While earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn a dozen books fo ...more
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