Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Jedi Academy #1)

Jedi Academy


This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school--all told through one boy's comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away...

Roan's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy--a school that he didn't apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...

This inventive novel follows Roan's first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too--like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This was a cute middle school story about a young boy who is accepted into the Jedi Academy a bit late.  I picked up the book at the library because Roan (the main character) just looked adorably clueless on the cover.  It’s mostly a story about everything awkward that happens when you transfer in the middle school/junior high years and happens to be set in the Star Wars galaxy.  I think this would be great for reluctant young readers and young Star Wars fans.

Devotees may be confused and/or frustrated by the timeline of things if you were to try to relate the book to the movies (I don’t think it fits).  If you are the kind of fan that won’t be able to get over details like that – this isn’t the book for you.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Big Star Wars fans and middle school kids.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy #2)