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Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan

(Jedi Academy #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,863 ratings  ·  324 reviews
I thought my second year at Jedi Academy would be a breeze, and it first. I built an awesome robot, took a field trip to an ice planet, and avoided Gammy's alien cooking. But then things got all mixed-up!

Star pilot training was way harder than I expected, my best friends started ignoring me, and the class bullies are trying to lead me to the dark side--which actu
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Raoofa Ibrahim
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
actual rating:4.5
it wasn't like this first one, but it was really good!
Roan now is in his second year.. great challenges, face he will (talking like Yoda)
building a driod, flighting at last, being friend with bullies, and lose your real friends!
*Roan's comic

*food fight

And at last
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Rabid Star Wars Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
See my review of Star Wars: Jedi Academy by the same author to get my feelings on this.

Basically: lame middle school-type plot, meh drawings, typical characters who are predictable, and last but not least, a truly stupid "holobook" (read: Facebook) subplot. I mean, come on. Way to date your book that's supposed to take place in the far future, or a galaxy far, far away. The Facebook bullying subplot was insipid, uninspired, and uninteresting.

Skip this book unless you're such a rabid fan you just
Joey Alison Sayers
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm no Star Wars nut, but I grew up in the 80s, so I've seen the original trilogy. It's good. This book (and truthfully all of Jeffrey Brown's Star Wars books) is so good. It's smart, funny, has positive messages, and is a really fun story. I've recommended the first one to both kids and adults while working at the Children's Desk at the library. I'm happy this seems to be an ongoing series.
Ty O'Brien
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
Well, it’s cute.
But a bit too busy for me.
Jedi Academy is about a young Jedi as he returns to school from vacation. Basically, it is every boarding school funny book meets Yoda. Not as funny as it could be because it tries to do too much.
The best parts of the story are not the panel strips, but the letters or newsflashes (as in Yoda shutting down the Jedi version of Facebook). It’s cute, but there really isn’t much, and the Darth Vader and kiddo books are better
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, own
With the premiere of the new movie, I couldn't think of a better time to read this book.

Roan Novachez starts his second year at the Jedi Academy, a school that not only contains Master Yoda as a teacher, but also trains the best Jedi Pilots in a galaxy far far away. Despite the science-fiction background, Brown gives us a realistic view of adolescence with the stress of online bullying (kids get Holobook aka facebook) and the eventual disagreements in a group of best friends. Prepare for an inc
Adrian Bermejo
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good book. It had some comedy, friendship stuff, and what not. the book had a good plot, and I personally thought this was better than the first Jedi Academy book. I would recommend this book for Star Wars fans (mostly young fans, like me). It was also pretty short. Now just waiting for my money to get the 3rd one... heh.
Bruna Miranda
É fofura demais e esse aqui começa a ensinar umas lições mais sérias e "da vida" pra crianças... COM STAR WARS. Pais do mundo, por favor, né?
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
Another cute and clever installment in Brown’s Jedi Academy series. There was a subtle nod to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this one, which gained him major geek points, IMO.

On to book 3!
I decided to finish the trilogy because my library had all three books. Plus there fast reads.

I saw there were some more books in the series but I think there are different characters and my library doesn't have them so I won't be reading those.

I wasn't expecting to like them but I kind of do. It's funny that I've never watched a Star Wars movie but can hear Yoda in my head when I read his lines.
Stuff I Read - Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown Review

Picking up at the start of Roan's second year at the Jedi Academy, this volume of his story is full of very sophomoric problems. There are misunderstandings with friends, and bungled projects, and some slights slips toward the dark side, but like most books geared toward kids, the hero emerges on the other side stronger than ever, and with some good experiences to show for it. Of course, thrown into the mix are
Jairo Lopez
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was about this kid named Roan, and he was going to this academy that teaches about how to become a Jedi. And he practiced his force at home so he could get good grades on his 2 semester. And then his friends from the dark side are preventing him from becoming a Jedi and turn to the dark side. I like this book because it has lots of funny parts in the book. I recommend this book to Bryce because he likes graphic novels.
Beware the dark side...
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Adhiraj M
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I forgot to put this on my goodreads account but this is a great book totally recommend this but first I say you should read first one wich I will update my progress I am done with that series great book #Rowan is the best character in book so is pasha
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

How do you hook early readers who are raised in a culture of social media and at-your-finger-tips-videos?  You hook them with books such as this, Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan.

Roan is in his second year of Jedi training and young Roan deals with everything that the average middle schooler has to deal with ... bullies, fickle friendships, teachers who seem to have it in for you, and cafeteria food!  It's kind of the
Yay, thanks to my boyfriend for finding out why the heck GR didn't want to post all my review. Apparently there was an emoticon that didn't want to work probably, and that just ate all the text. :|

The second book, and also the second year at Jedi Academy, and I have to say I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I did the first book.

This had mostly to do with the characters. Roan’s friends were terrible in this one, Roan didn’t make some wise decisions (and went quite the wrong side at one time). I a
Andrew Myers
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: work
Fun graphic novel. Fairly typical young person's story.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the second book in the Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown. I first discovered this series after reading Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess.

As in the first book, I liked the different characters and the sincere way in which Roan expresses his varying emotions in his journal. The story has a Diary of a Wimpy Kid-meets-Star Wars-kind of feel, with fun graphic-novel illustrations interspersed throughout the narrative.

Overall, it was an engaging story and I want to read more a
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans; Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans
I've really been looking forward to this sequel ever since I finished the first book. I'd say this one is probably even better than the first because rather than just being a story of events in the life of a first year away at school, this volume actually has a plot. Roan spends the year having a misunderstanding with his closest friends making them grow apart and not really speaking to each other all year. By virtue of being assigned to team up with them for a class project he finds himself wit ...more
Craig Yoshihara
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You might be at Jedi Academy! At least if you were lucky enough. However, Roan Novachez had to warm up to the idea. Wanting desperately to become a pilot, he instead got drafted into Jedi Academy at an advanced age for that school. Being the new kid on the block the first book (simply titled Jedi Academy) explores Roan’s adjustment to life in his new school. In this latest installment, Roan returns to Jedi Academy ready for his second year. He expects things to be even better than they were last ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, kiddo
This is a funny graphic novel with a great concept. It is about an awkward middle-school boy at Jedi Academy navigating bullies, teachers and classes he believes he should be good at despite his disappointing grades (star pilot flight training). It is a story in which the class pet is a fuzzy ball called a voorpack from Naboo and the cafeteria serves various alien eyeballs. It is about friendship and planets and just surviving as a kid at school... with robots and Yoda as your homeroom teacher. ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley

I love this series! It's basically Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Star Wars and that in no way diminishes how much fun it is. In the first book, we met Roan Novachez, a kid from Tatooine who badly wants to be a star pilot but ends up at the Jedi Academy instead. In Return of the Padawan, Roan comes back for his second year at the Academy and deals with all the trials of middle school. Misunderstandings with his friends, along with bullies, tough teachers and learning the for
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Roan Novachez returns for his second year after summer at Jedi Academy. This year he wanted to be the best student and have some great achievements. But, he gets into fights with his friends and becomes friends with people that hated him last year and were voted to be "Most Likely to go to the Dark Side" in the yearbook. So, he decided to make better friends with the mean bullies and started dressing like them although he is a good person. He then realizes that they're basically using him becaus ...more
Riley Mulder
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I liked the perspective in the book. I felt like it was really Roan who wrote it. It could have used a bit more action but overall it was a great book and I would defiantly recommend it,because of the awesome world they live in, I would like to live in that world because school seems a little more fun and you you can take awesome fieldtrips and have awesome lightsaber fights. You don't have to know anything about star wars or like star wars to like this book. It was gre ...more
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read as digital ARC.

I am so wowed by Brown's style; he makes flipping between journal entries, holobook posts and comic retellings look like a no-brainer. Additionally, he has authentically captured the middle school experience--field trips, school assignments, conflicts--all with a humorous Star Wars flair. I was speeding through this on my breaks, stopping only to giggle. This series is a must-read, even kids who don't quite remember what Star Wars is can appreciate it.
Meleka Taylor
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am still a big softie. Still crying through these books. And it gets better and better. Still going through the adventures of Roan. This story tells of the misunderstanding between him and his friends and his possible transition to the dark side. Does he go to the dark side? You have to read to find out. He also is feeling more that home at the Academy than at his real home with his family.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was a little concerned for a while that Roan was going to become like the main kid of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Gratefully Roan learned from his mistakes and accepted responsibility for his mistakes and failures in the end. That is why I so like this series. I am looking forward to the next book to see how he handles being apprenticed to a Jedi.
Amariah Dixon
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first!! This one is cute and a little more tender-hearted. Its still very funny, but the first had more humor, whereas this one is (at least in my opinion) slightly more serious. There's more suspense in this one too. I also love how realistic the family is.
Highly recommended! Especially for those who enjoyed the first book.
Another win!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

Awesome book

I really liked this book and Jeffery Brown's other books but it wasn't as good as the first one. I wish it was longer cause I can read it too fast to enjoy that much. I also think that these would've an awesome movie. Go J.B.
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