May the 4th be with you

Published 12:12 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022

It’s Star Wars Day! Celebrate by reading a book based in a galaxy far, far away…

 

KIDS

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Star Wars: Resistance Heroes by Michael Siglain

Meet Rey, Finn, Poe and the rest of heroes of the Resistance who are fighting to save the galaxy from the evil First Order.

 

The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown

It’s hard to believe this is Roan’s last year at Jedi Academy. He’s been busier than ever learning to fly starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn’t find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! This original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school, all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, sketches, emails, and more.

 

TEENS

 

Queen’s Hope by E. K. Johnston

Padmé is adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband, Anakin Skwyalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi. In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple. 

 

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Ryder Windham

This book reveals the story of the amazing Star Wars saga in full detail, from the millennia-spanning history of George Lucas’s long ago, far away galaxy to the Star Wars movies and ever-expanding range of books, novels, comics, and media. It is packed full of interesting facts about the world of Star Wars, astonishing pieces of art, and full-color photographs.

 

ADULTS

 

Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn

Discover Thrawn’s origins within the Chiss Ascendancy in the first book in this epic Star Wars trilogy. Beyond the edge of the galaxy lies the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, with hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within its swirling chaos is the Ascendancy, home to the enigmatic Chiss and the Nine Ruling Families that lead them. 

 

Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

Aftermath reveals what happened after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It turns out, there’s more than just the Empire for the good guys to worry about… As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. 

 

Jen Pace Dickenson is the youth services librarian for Polk County Public Libraries. For information about the library’s resources, programs, and other services, visit polklibrary.org or call 828-894-8721.