The Force Awakens

“Chewie…we’re home!”

Today, Han and Chewie are indeed “home” with the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  For the next few days (weeks? months?), Star Wars will be everywhere.  I have my ticket (procured months ago) for this opening weekend, and I’m as excited as anyone to be swept into that “galaxy far, far away” once again.

One of the unique aspects of the Star Wars cultural phenomenon is its ability to spawn exciting and imaginative literature all its own.  The movies themselves have set run-times, but the potential for fictional stories and non-fiction tributes is practically endless!  I read Star Wars books as a child, my younger siblings read them too (only they preferred the ones about the prequel trilogy!), and now an entirely new generation will be introduced to the wonderful world of companion literature.

Here are some of the best titles we have available at Mackin that will tie in perfectly with the new film:

The Review

-The first three titles recap the action of Episodes IV, V, & VI, while “Aftermath” sets the stage for the new films by filling in some of the gaps between “Return of the Jedi” and “Force Awakens”.

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Star Wars: A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken. 9781484709122. 2015. Grade 4-6.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Adam Gidwitz. 9781484709146. 2015. Grade 4-6.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Tom Angleberger. 9781484709139. 2015. Grade 4-6.

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. 9780345511621. 2015. Grade 9-Adult.

The Universe

-Every nook and cranny of the Star Wars universe is explored in these volumes!

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Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray. 9781465437853. 2015. Grade 4-6.

Star Wars In 100 Scenes by Jason Fry. 9781465420121. 2014.

Ultimate Star Wars by Ryder Windham. 9781465436016. 2015.

Obsessed With Star Wars by Benjamin Harper. 9781452136332. 2015.

How Star Wars Conquered The Universe by Chris Taylor. 9780465049899. 2015. Grade 11-Adult.

Star Wars On Trial by David Brin. 9781942952046. 2015. Grade 11-Adult.

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. 9781465448859. 4/5/2016. Grade 7-Adult.

The Mind-Bending

-Who says Star Wars has to be serious all the time?  The “Infinities” series re-imagines the Star Wars universe if key events from the movies had been changed, while the other titles are more creative in nature, such as imagining Star Wars as Shakespeare, demonstrating Star Wars craft projects, and some humorous graphic novels.

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Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope by Chris Warner. 9781599618456. 2011. Grade 9-Adult.

Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back by David Land. 9781599618494. 2011. Grade 9-Adult.

Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi by Adam Gallardo. 9781599618531. 2011. Grade 9-Adult.

William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace by Ian Doescher. 9781594748066. 2015. Grade 9-12.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. 9780545505178. 2013. Grade 3-6.

Star Wars Mania by Lori Froeb. 9780794434885. 2015. Grade 2-4.

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown. 9781452128306. 2014. Grade 7-Adult.

Episode VII

-These final titles all directly relate to “The Force Awakens” in some capacity.

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The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak. 9781419717802. 2015. Grade 10-Adult.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo. 9781465438164. 2015. Grade 2-5.

The Force Awakens: Junior Novel by Michael Kogge. 9781484775844. 2/16/2016. Grade 4-6.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chapter Book by Jason Fry. 9781484774090. 2/16/2016. Grade 1-3.

The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. 9781101965498. 1/5/2016. Grade 9-Adult.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Complete Cross Sections by Jason Fry. 9781465438157. 2015. Grade 4-6.


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