Thursday, May 7, 2020

Read, You Must: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel

Once again author Michael Kogge adapts the latest Star Wars film from screen to page! 

Out now from Disney-Lucasfilm Press is the official young reader novel of the conclusion of the sequel trilogy: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel

Like his previous adaptations for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, the movie is retold for confident middle-grade readers in chapter book format. Kogge captures the excitement, humour and tragedy of the end of the Skywalker saga here

At 216 pages The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel faithfully presents all the key moments, but doesn't stop there. Many scenes are expanded upon and actually help clarify some of the events of the film. An early example of one of these advertised "Exclusive Scenes" is how Kylo Ren gets ahold of the Sith wayfinder in the opening scenes. Its much clearer what's going here on in the book than the movie, and much cooler where he finds it. (We won't spoil that here though!)

Throughout the book there are little extra bits to scenes that for whatever reason didn't make it into the final film. For young fans who want to know EVERYTHING, this is a real bonus! Rey's conversations with Leia, Lando talking about his long-lost daughter, Ewoks discussing their take on galactic events are just some of the extra moments here.

Also included are 6 pages of colour photographs from the movie.

Since Michael Kogge has adapted all three sequel trilogy movies (and written Poe Dameron's Flight Log), it's hard to imagine anyone better versed in these characters to write some in-between stories for young readers. There have been a select few (Spark of the Resistence, Cobalt Squadron) but there is definitely room for more adventures between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

If you have not seen the movie, this is a very faithful retelling of it. Of course if you have already seen it, The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel is an excellent way to relive the adventure!

Publisher's Recommendation: Ages  8-12

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