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Star Wars

  • If you're like me you're still riding on a high from last month's Star Wars release.  The new film brought back all the old feelings I got when I watched Episode 4 for the first time: laughing with beloved characters, believing in the Force, and wanting my own light saber. The only way this feeling can be diminished is realizing it will be 2017 before we get a new Star Wars movie!!  So if you need something to help you pass the time, here's a list of awesome books that will fill the gaping hole in your life left by Star Wars Episode VII.  Each one is an excellent book with an epic tale of good versus evil!

    mistbornMISTBORN
    By Brandon Sanderson

    (2006)

    This book is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES, and even if it's not technically a "teen" book, it has a teen protagonist and is perfectly suitable for Young Adult readers.  It also is a perfect choice for Star Wars fans!  It has interesting, likable characters who discover that they have mythical kick-butt powers, and a truly epic fight between good and evil.   

     

    insigniaINSIGNIA 
    By S. J. Kincaid

    (2012)

    This is a great one for Sci-Fi geeks like me who can't wait to own their own virtual reality unit and start exploring the galaxy.  The main character, Tom, is a sort of VR prodigy who gets noticed by the government for his gaming prowess and is offered a place with the Intrasolar Forces: an elite fighting force controlling the drones out there battling in WWIII. 

     

    gracelingGRACELING
    By Kristin Cashore
    (2008)

    A young protagonist who has special abilities she is just beginning to understand goes on a journey of self discovery.  Sound familiar?  Warning: this one will be hard to put down so make sure to clear some time in your schedule.

      

    readyplayeroneREADY PLAYER ONE 
    By Ernest Cline

    (2011)

    Another technically non-"teen" book that features a teen protagonist and that content-wise I think is suitable for young adults, READY PLAYER ONE is a book I can't recommend enough to fans of sci fi adventures.  Part puzzle solving mystery (think Indiana Jones), part virtual reality reality romp (think The Matrix), and part homage to 1980's nerd culture, this book fits in perfectly with any Star Wars fan. 

     

    icemarkTHE CRY OF THE ICEMARK
    By Stuart Hill

    (2005)

    Thirrin is a beautiful princess but also an intrepid warrior, and she must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion.  She'll need to ally with strange creatures and cultures in order to lead her people to victory.  Fans of Leia will follow Thirrin with interest to see if she can rise above all of her challenges.

      

     

    Hopefully a few of these will scratch that Star Wars itch we'll all be plagued with until next year!!  Until then... may the force be with you.

  • In honor of the most recent addition to the Star Wars franchise, here's a quick glance at the Star Wars offerings in the Children's Department! 

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    I have a 10-year old son who is a serious Star Wars fan. Per his request, in the recent weeks I have watched A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, and ROGUE ONE. I have Star Wars on the brain. Working in the library, I end up checking out anything I come across that is Star Wars themed. If Star Wars is your thing, there are some fun books we have available. If you’re a fan, but fall short of obsession, let the library help you truly eat, breathe, and live this fandom. Not only can we extend Star Wars into more aspects of your life, we can also help convert fans from the youngest ages. There is truly a Star Wars book of some sort for everyone: board books, easy readers, comic books, and novelizations. Here are a few examples:  

    The Empire Strikes Back Board BookTHE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK 
    by Jack Wang
    2015

    This board book is for the fans who don’t even know they are fans yet. This epic yarns series is geared toward very young children with only one or two words on a page, yet the plot line is still present in these few pages, which is fun for parents, too. Each page is an intricate movie scene created from felt.  

    Goodnight Darth VaderGOODNIGHT DARTH VADER 
    by Jeffrey Brown
    2014

    No need to imagine what it would look like if Darth Vader was reading a story to Luke and Leia as children, trying to get them to settle in and go to sleep. Jeffrey Brown has imagined it for you and created this entertaining story. There are many characters from all the Star Wars movies doing silly things as the Vader’s story continues to lull Luke and Leia off into dreamland.  

    Star Wars Galactic MapsSTAR WARS GALACTIC MAPS: AN ILLUSTRATED ATLAS OF THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE 
    by Emil Fortun, illustrated by Tim McDonagh 
    2016

    I am learning more about Star Wars all the time. Having all the maps laid out together has really helped my mental image of how all the planets and moons in their universe look. All the characters are listed, including those in Rogue One, with a brief description of each.  

     

    Star Wars Craft BookTHE STAR WARS CRAFT BOOK 
    by Bonnie Burton
    2011

    From puppets and pillows to holiday decorations this craft book is an excellent source for helping your fandom get to the next level. There are simple crafts for young children and more complex crafts that even adults will find a challenge. I have several crafts on the waiting list and have made one trip so far to the fabric store. This has been a hit with my little Star Wars fan.  

    Star Wars Cook BookTHE STAR WARS COOK BOOK: WOOKIE COOKIES AND OTHER GALACTIC RECIPES 
    by Robin Davis
    1998

    This cookbook is perfect for planning a Star Wars party. The name of each item is Star Wars themed and frankly quite clever. “Yoda Soda” and “Boba Fett-uccine” were my favorites. The “TIE Fighter Ties” are the cutest, little hotdogs with breadsticks wrapped around in the shape of TIE Fighters.  

     

    Art2 D2s Guide to Folding and DoodlingART2-D2'S GUIDE TO FOLDING AND DOODLING 
    by Tom Angleberger
    2013

    This is a companion guide to the juvenile fiction Origami Yoda series. Angleberger has tutorials to make Star Wars finger puppets, step-by-step instructions to draw Darth Vader’s mask, and other various doodling and folding ideas.  

     

     

     

    Star Wars A Musical JourneySTAR WARS A MUSICAL JOURNEY: EPISODES I-VI 
    music by John Williams, arranged by Dan Coates
    2007

    Even if you aren’t an accomplished pianist this sheet music is “easy piano,” so if you have been wanting to learn, this will help motivate you! The music of Star Wars will fill your home over and over. The classic Star Wars main title is included, as well as The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), along with several others.