Friday, September 1, 2017

Jedi Academy: A New Class by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Review

Book Nerd Review by Jordan

Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor's newfound educational path. She's horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style.

While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor's talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. "Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands ... hee hee ... young Padawan will!"

Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister's good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year's drama club performance ("Wookie Side Story"? "Annie Get Your Lightsaber"?) goes off without a hitch!

Praise for JEDI ACADEMY Series

“Even the most critical Star Wars fans will give Lucasfilm points for licensing this subversive graphic novel.”  Kirkus Reviews

“With humor and subtle heart, Jedi Academy is destined to fly off shelves everywhere.” (SLJ Blog)

“Everyone reading this who reads with young children has just found their next purchase.”


“Roan is a very sympathetic main character, and readers will feel his pain and laugh at his misfortune in equal measure. Future installments–and further disasters–will be most welcome.” ― Kirkus Reviews

This is my first Jedi Academy book. I enjoyed this book so much. The main characters are Victor, Victor's sister and Maya. Victor transferred from another school. His sister was in Jedi Academy for awhile. Maya was also Victor's crush. This was a good book and it was awesome. I recommend this to all other kids and everyone who loves Stars Wars. I am looking forward to read all the other Jedi Academy books!

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Author Spotlight
Photo Credit: Derek Fowles

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year, an Eisner award nominee, and is the author and/or illustrator of more than thirty books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of and have collectively accrued more than two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors, and reading. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.



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