The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm BoyThe Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (©2015) by Alexandra Bracken is the first in a series of new Star Wars novels written specifically for young readers. The book is a retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope with a twist: it is told from the perspective of all three main characters.

The book is split into three acts. The first act follows Princess Leia as her spaceship is boarded by Darth Vader and she is taken captive aboard the terrifying battle station known as the Death Star. In the second act we meet Han Solo, who reluctantly joins a rescue mission for the princess. The third act is told from the perspective of Luke Skywalker, who joins the Rebellion in an effort to destroy the Death Star once and for all. This three-act style gives a fascinating look into the background and motivation of Princess Leia and Han Solo, which is largely untold in the Star Wars films.

This book captures all of the magic and excitement of the film, while adding a wealth of new details that further enhance the story. The large text, short paragraphs, and familiar characters make it an excellent choice for reluctant readers. Whether you’re new to the Star Wars universe or already a long-time fan, this book is a lot of fun!

I recommend The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy for ages 8-12, but even teens and adults will enjoy this well-written adaptation.

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy is followed by So You Want to Be a Jedi? [The Empire Strikes Back] by Adam Gidwitz and Beware the Power of the Dark Side! [Return of the Jedi] by Tom Angleberger.

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