Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th be with you!

Normally I'd post a craft today but I wouldn't be much of a librarian (or a nerd) if I didn't acknowledge the unofficial holiday that is Star Wars Day. So, I bring you a list of books for Star Wars fans, all of which I have either read or had personally recommended to me by young readers.

Books in the Star Wars Universe
Jedi Academy series by Jeffery Brown
This series is a double whammy, hitting the Star Wars and Diary of a Wimpy kids demographics.

Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
While set entirely in a regular school, this series is clearly influenced by Star Wars and really embraces the saga's philosophies.

Star Wars Infinities by Chris Warner and David Land
Based on the idea of "what if" scenarios, this graphic novel series explores how Star Wars would have turned out if just a few decisions had been altered.

The Clone Wars Secret Missions series by Ryder Windham
This was a short lived series but pretty well loved by a couple of young readers at my library.

LEGO Star Wars: Yoda's Secret Missions by Ace Landers
Several short stories which are pretty firmly seated in the world of Star Wars. They are funny enough to hold up to repeat reads.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
Who knew Star Wars would work so well in iambic pentameter? This series currently consists of Verily, a New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, and The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Part the First. The Clone Army Attacketh is due out in July and Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge is slated for September.

Other books that might interest young fans
Space Penguins series by L.A. Courtenay

Flight Explorer edited by Kazu Kibuishi

Missle Mouse by Jake Parker

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Rust by Royden Lepp

The Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond

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