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Review – Jedi Academy: A New Class

August 12, 2016

A New Class

Victor is beside himself with excitement because he’ll be leaving his old school for Jedi Academy halfway through the school year.  His sister Christina is already a student there and Victor is sure he’ll do even better than she does.  Zach, an older student at Jedi Academy pays him some attention and Victor is thrilled to have such a cool friend, even though Christina warns him to be careful.  Victor learns who his true friends are the hard way.

A New Class (Star Wars Jedi Academy #4) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is (obviously) the fourth book in a fun series for middle grade readers.  The first three books in the series were written by Jeffrey Brown and I’ve only read one of the three.   This book stands on its own just fine and, based on the one book I’ve read, I think it complements the series well.

Young readers will enjoy the Star Wars theme in setting and characters and reluctant readers will be drawn to the the graphic novel format and the great illustrations.  They’ll also enjoy Victor – he’s more confident than he should be but learns he needs to work to get what he wants, academically and socially.

My only quibble with the book is that the issues it explores felt very similar to the those in Return of the Padawan, the one book I’ve read.  I’m not sure young readers will pick up on that though, and they’re issues kids face so it doesn’t hurt to reinforce them.  I think A New Class will hold broad appeal to the 8 to 12 year old set.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2016 5:58 am

    Does sound great for reluctant readers.

  2. August 12, 2016 9:24 am

    Although I don’t read many of them, I’m a fan of middle grade books. I have never read a graphic novel, though. Maybe one of these days.

  3. August 13, 2016 11:49 am

    I haven’t heard of this series until this one came out. It’s certainly sounding very fun so I’m going to take a look at it.

  4. August 13, 2016 4:00 pm

    This sounds like a good choice for kids 8 – 12.
    Kathy, I’ve been away on a trip the past few weeks, but am back to blogging now!

  5. August 13, 2016 4:43 pm

    Cute 😀

  6. Literary Feline permalink
    August 13, 2016 11:45 pm

    What a fun series for young Star Wars fans! I am glad you enjoyed this one.

  7. bookingmama permalink
    August 15, 2016 6:18 am

    Hmmm… That’s interesting. Booking Son didn’t notice and I think he read that one. It’s a new author so I don’t know if that mattered.

  8. August 16, 2016 3:13 pm

    Sounds like a fun series for kids who should be introduced to the Star Wars world. LOL

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