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Publisher's Note:

The Christina Starspeeder saga continues in this laugh-out-loud epic froom author Amy Ignatow and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka in the New York Times bestselling series, Star Wars: Jedi Academy! As told through a mix of comics, doodles, and journal entries, it's a new year at Jedi Academy! Christina Starspeeder made it through her first year at the advanced Jedi Academy . . . Barely . . . And year two isn't looking any easier! Christina still apprentices under Jedi Master Skia Ro while enduring the non-stop sass from droid Q-13. But this year, she has to balance her studies with constant travel, accompanying Skia Ro on non-stop trips to new worlds full of cool creatures. And those cool creatures are the start of all Christina's problems this year. When working on the planet Cholganna, Christina falls in love with a baby nexu - a cat-like creature who's fluffiness is impossible to resist. But when she sneaks the nexu - named "Fluffernut" - back into the dorms, Christina slowly beg…

Jedi Academy: Attack of the Furball

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Overall Book Review:

Jedi Academy: Attack of the Furball is a light-hearted interstellar romp. It features unique characters with a myriad of personalities, exciting adventures, and the Star Wars setting that fans love. The characters face a wide range of problems that they must solve, from personal crisis to situations that affect whole planets. The main character, Christina Starspeeder, faces these problems with creativity and compassion, but also with flawed judgment in some instances. The way that she falls a bit short of perfection makes her a perfect hero for a children’s book, since children fall down sometimes, and Christina’s ability to pick herself up and set the consequences of her actions right is an encouragement for young readers who may find themselves facing similar, if hopefully less dangerous, occasional bad choices.

This book is the latest in the Jedi Academy series, but it does not require that a reader have any familiarity with the rest of the set. A superficial knowledge of the Star Wars universe is helpful, but certainly not required, to read and enjoy this book. I’d recommend it to young readers looking for a quick, adventuresome read with some laughs along the way.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore: Report of a fight; report of an animal swallowing someone whole; a verbal threat; a few fights with lightsabers, force abilities, and melee attacks; a creature grabs a character; a few instances of minor property damage; an animal is tranquilized.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

The ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity is a major theme; gambling; animals forced to fight for sport; brief mention of smuggling and rigged elections. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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My taste in literature leans heavily towards sci-fi, fantasy, and (my favorite) horror, and the latter can present some fairly murky waters for parents to let their children explore. I enjoy novels of both the standard and graphic varieties. Since those genres, and graphic novels in particular, tend to appeal to boys, I hope that I can help other Boy Mommies in their quest to find books that their little video gamers--I mean, future bibliophiles will read and enjoy. When I am not reading, I enjoy tabletop role-playing games, video games, and singing karaoke. I have a wonderful husband who lets me indulge my reading habit by sharing the housework and being a great dad to our genius kids and their faithful hound.