Star Wars meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in this school story by Jeffrey Brown. Roan dreams of being a pilot, but doesn't receive an acceptance letter to the Pilot Academy. He thinks he is doomed to attend the Tatooine Agriculture Academy, but a letter from the Jedi Academy arrives. The students at the academy are from all over the universe and have a mix of personalities and abilities just like any other school. Roan tries many different activities - drawing a comic strip for the school newspaper, joining the light saber fencing club, and building a baking soda volcano for the science fair.
Fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate will enjoy the heavily illustrated style of the story, as well as the school-based humor and situations. Star Wars fans will appreciate the jokes about Master Yoda's funny way of speaking and how none of the students can understand Coach Kitmum (she's a wookiee). I hope Mr. Brown writes more Jedi Academy books about Roan and his classmates.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was just released in stores this week and it will be on our fall book fair (which begins September 9). Update - we now have 3 copies of the book in the library. :-)
Scholastic has provided a video trailer for the book.