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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... A young Jedi is discovered. A rebellion grows. A deadly weapon unleashes its power. A master confronts his old apprentice. The journey begins a new chapter.


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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... A young Jedi is discovered. A rebellion grows. A deadly weapon unleashes its power. A master confronts his old apprentice. The journey begins a new chapter.

30 review for Star Wars Trilogy: A New Hope: (Junior Novelization) (Disney Junior Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Before Disney and J.J. Abrams got their grubby paws on it, Star Wars was a force to be reckoned with! To this day, it stands as one of the most successful and influential franchises of all time. Who hasn't heard of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia? Though there's been more to the saga than just the movies for quite a while--seriously, the Thrawn trilogy, which jumpstarted the Expanded Universe, came out nearly three decades ago--the movie we now know as A New Hope was the one that Before Disney and J.J. Abrams got their grubby paws on it, Star Wars was a force to be reckoned with! To this day, it stands as one of the most successful and influential franchises of all time. Who hasn't heard of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia? Though there's been more to the saga than just the movies for quite a while--seriously, the Thrawn trilogy, which jumpstarted the Expanded Universe, came out nearly three decades ago--the movie we now know as A New Hope was the one that started it all. This novelization tries to capture the magic of the forty-three-year-old flick, and does it quite well. More than just a mere retelling, Mr. Windham gives us extra details that you won't know from watching the film. I still say they should give the original trilogy an adult novelization, like they did with the other movies; still, for what it was, this was great.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin Milham

    Thanks Elizabeth for giving me something easy to read! They're so much better as movies though Thanks Elizabeth for giving me something easy to read! They're so much better as movies though

  3. 4 out of 5

    sebastian

    It’s exactly like watching the movie, but getting to read the characters’ thoughts was interesting. I loved it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    The best part of the book is obviously when Luke and Han and everyone else destroyed the death star. BOOM BOOOM.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Viola27973

    I really enjoyed this book, but there were some dislikes I had. The wording was a tiny difficult at times. There were some proper nouns with weird names like Mos Eisley and Tantive IV. I really liked the occasional action and suspenseful moments. Such as the events taken place in the death star. I think that the strengths are that it had a well thought story that introduced some pretty cool futuristic devices and tools. I think that the weaknesses are that some of the wording can be a little str I really enjoyed this book, but there were some dislikes I had. The wording was a tiny difficult at times. There were some proper nouns with weird names like Mos Eisley and Tantive IV. I really liked the occasional action and suspenseful moments. Such as the events taken place in the death star. I think that the strengths are that it had a well thought story that introduced some pretty cool futuristic devices and tools. I think that the weaknesses are that some of the wording can be a little strange and confusing, that can be hard to catch on to. I think this book is part of a series. I think that there are five other books in the series. I will read the rest of the series if I can. People who like Science fiction books or are Star Wars fans would surely like this book. If you like star wars or have a taste for science fiction, then I recommend this book to you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    It is exactly like the movie!!!!!! Yeah, the whole book is just like the movie! the least Ryder Windham could do is add something new in the book that was not in the movie. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!! IT IS JUST THE MOVIE IN BOOK FORM!!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I suppose this is a decent rendition of the movie, but all in all, it's not a great book. So much expression and many minute things have been left out; it's really just a very childish version. I can't stand how the author spells out Artoo Detoo. It's R2D2 for Jesus' sake. Same for C-3PO. It's spelled out like we can't figure out how to pronounce it. Also, Leia doesn't seem very distraught by the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan. I also don't understand why three fighters had to fly do I suppose this is a decent rendition of the movie, but all in all, it's not a great book. So much expression and many minute things have been left out; it's really just a very childish version. I can't stand how the author spells out Artoo Detoo. It's R2D2 for Jesus' sake. Same for C-3PO. It's spelled out like we can't figure out how to pronounce it. Also, Leia doesn't seem very distraught by the destruction of her home planet of Alderaan. I also don't understand why three fighters had to fly down into the trench, especially if they couldn't fight Vader off. What was the point? Shouldn't they stay back and cover to shoot at Vader and his wingmen? Han is also kind of annoying. I mean, shooting at everything without thinking? I know he's a beloved character from the Star Wars franchise, but I really hope he's portrayed a bit better in the actual movies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tronut Tienudom

    A good example of how to write a good book to be a good movie and vise versa! "..Now I feel nothing. That world means as much to me as a speck of dust, and all its inhabitants might as well be dust too" Dart Vader thinks of his homeland when watching through to star destroyer windows. บทสนทนาระหว่าง R2-D2 (ฉลาด) กับ C-3PO (ซื่อๆ) สนุกมาก : )) Trying to remember the last time he'd had an oil bath Mindless philosopher หุ่นยนต์เดินในทะเลทราย เหนื่อย จากการที่น็อตหลุด+ ทรายเข้า การพบกันของ luke และ R2D2 C-3P A good example of how to write a good book to be a good movie and vise versa! "..Now I feel nothing. That world means as much to me as a speck of dust, and all its inhabitants might as well be dust too" Dart Vader thinks of his homeland when watching through to star destroyer windows. บทสนทนาระหว่าง R2-D2 (ฉลาด) กับ C-3PO (ซื่อๆ) สนุกมาก : )) Trying to remember the last time he'd had an oil bath Mindless philosopher หุ่นยนต์เดินในทะเลทราย เหนื่อย จากการที่น็อตหลุด+ ทรายเข้า การพบกันของ luke และ R2D2 C-3PO นักบินเพื่อนลุค ชื่อ bigg และ wedge เหมือน FF7!! อ่านจบแล้วพึ่งรู้ว่าเป็น ฉบับ junior แต่คำศัพย์ยากกำลังดี ฉากดาร์ธ เวเดอร์ ขับเครื่องบินไล่ยิงกลุ่มต่อต้านนี่ surreal มากๆ แสดงให้เห็นว่า luke ใช้ The force ในตอนไหนก็ได้ ไม่ใช่แค่ตอนเป็นเจได

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam P

    I chose to read this book because I am a very big fan of star wars and was interested to see how it was in a written form. I was honestly surprised at how well this book was, I was expecting a book that was so so with how it related to the movie and although sometimes it wasn't 100% accurate it was enough to fulfill my liking. I feel that Windham did a great job keeping the reader focused on who was talking and trying to keep it as simple as possible while still doing Star Wars justice. I person I chose to read this book because I am a very big fan of star wars and was interested to see how it was in a written form. I was honestly surprised at how well this book was, I was expecting a book that was so so with how it related to the movie and although sometimes it wasn't 100% accurate it was enough to fulfill my liking. I feel that Windham did a great job keeping the reader focused on who was talking and trying to keep it as simple as possible while still doing Star Wars justice. I personally think that readers of many ages can like this book. As people get older it will obviously become an easier book to read but, still very enjoyable and allows the reader to view Star Wars from a books perspective.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    Reading this book (just like watching the movie) was pure fun and I found myself smiling so much at the end and I was reminded why I love Star Wars so much. The action scenes were really well-written, especially the Battle of Yavin (though maybe it's mostly because I just see the movie in my head while reading through it) -- the book really maintained the action, suspense, and excitement. But the best part in this book (in my opinion) was Darth Vader, especially when we got to read his thoughts: Reading this book (just like watching the movie) was pure fun and I found myself smiling so much at the end and I was reminded why I love Star Wars so much. The action scenes were really well-written, especially the Battle of Yavin (though maybe it's mostly because I just see the movie in my head while reading through it) -- the book really maintained the action, suspense, and excitement. But the best part in this book (in my opinion) was Darth Vader, especially when we got to read his thoughts: we get flashbacks to his past life as Anakin, whether his thoughts dwelt on Tatooine, Obi-Wan, and podracing/flying. It helped humanize the greatest villain in the galaxy -- that maybe he's not a complete monster after all, that maybe a little bit of Anakin Skywalker does remain somewhere in him. I just really appreciate the author choosing to include that bit of humanity in Vader; we're already building up to his redemption.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    On the one hand, this is a great novelization, but on the other that made it feel almost pointless to read. It reads like a literal prose version of the script - every line of dialogue is directly from the movie, and they're all included, down to every single time a stormtroopers says "what was that?" Every establishing shot is detailed, too. But there's really almost no new insight into the story, which is what makes a novelization worth reading for me. On the one hand, this is a great novelization, but on the other that made it feel almost pointless to read. It reads like a literal prose version of the script - every line of dialogue is directly from the movie, and they're all included, down to every single time a stormtroopers says "what was that?" Every establishing shot is detailed, too. But there's really almost no new insight into the story, which is what makes a novelization worth reading for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah M.

    I didn't realize that this was a direct adaption which is written for young teens. Ah, well! As I'm not the intended audience, it's hard to give a good review, but I think that the target audience would enjoy it more than adults would. This adaption doesn't add any new information, though it does a decent job of adding some details that have been added with the expanded universe. Altogether, enjoyable. I didn't realize that this was a direct adaption which is written for young teens. Ah, well! As I'm not the intended audience, it's hard to give a good review, but I think that the target audience would enjoy it more than adults would. This adaption doesn't add any new information, though it does a decent job of adding some details that have been added with the expanded universe. Altogether, enjoyable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Bracy

    Some 40+ years after seeing the movie, I read the book with my son. I'm very impressed with how closely the movies follow the story. Not sure if George Lucas wrote the books with the movies in line, but he definitely kept the movies in the spirit of the books. It was fun to visit an old friend and hear the tales again. May the Force be with you. And for those that have never seen or read the stories, dive in, you'll enjoy it. Some 40+ years after seeing the movie, I read the book with my son. I'm very impressed with how closely the movies follow the story. Not sure if George Lucas wrote the books with the movies in line, but he definitely kept the movies in the spirit of the books. It was fun to visit an old friend and hear the tales again. May the Force be with you. And for those that have never seen or read the stories, dive in, you'll enjoy it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    This book was amazing! It was just like watching the movie! I had hesitation before I read this book thinking that it was for younger kids, hint Junior Novelization, but it ended up being fantastic! Ioved how at times it said what they were thinking in their heads when they were silent during the film! If you want to go more in depth of Star Wars, this is your book! I wouldn't knock them down a star for this reason but I personally don't think that it is suited for 8-12 year olds. I would say be This book was amazing! It was just like watching the movie! I had hesitation before I read this book thinking that it was for younger kids, hint Junior Novelization, but it ended up being fantastic! Ioved how at times it said what they were thinking in their heads when they were silent during the film! If you want to go more in depth of Star Wars, this is your book! I wouldn't knock them down a star for this reason but I personally don't think that it is suited for 8-12 year olds. I would say because of the moderate violence and swearing I would say grade 6+. Other than that, great book! Definitely will be reading the rest!

  15. 5 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    The classic tale. Disney basically went with the original story. Some material from later stories was added. But it was done skillfully. I mainly noticed that everyone and everything seemed to have a proper name.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    this book was easy to read fun to. its the 1st star wars base on the movie the new hope i read other authors of the new. hope like this one because i new whats going on and i remeber whats happening when i was reading it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    FIRST BOOK FOR BOOKTUBEATHON 2017 COMPLETE!!! really really enjoyed this one. i rly want to continue w this series!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josh Harms

    This felt almost like reading a script. It was definitely short in page count, but that really just added to the experience.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Doesn't really add anything more to the story. May as well just watch the movie. The cover is pretty though. Doesn't really add anything more to the story. May as well just watch the movie. The cover is pretty though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Actual rating out of 10 - 7.5

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    It was a fine adaptation.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tan

    Okay, so this is probs the best Star Wars and it was a blast to read because I just saw all the scenes from the movie in my head.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maj Redmond

    One of the best!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Allie // Kitasai

    Read this as apart of a 24hr Star Wars readathon I'm doing by myself. I liked how there were parts of this that weren't in the movie, but also felt like it ended very abruptly. 4/5 Read this as apart of a 24hr Star Wars readathon I'm doing by myself. I liked how there were parts of this that weren't in the movie, but also felt like it ended very abruptly. 4/5

  25. 5 out of 5

    abookwormsjoy

    3.5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kory

    very good

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Exactly like the movie I love all of it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    It is so bizarre to read a book that follows the movie exactly. But my daughter is having fun with it so we are reading all of them!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teri Miller

    So much like watching the movie! I could see it all so clearly, of course I've watched the movie so many times it's natural. I loved this book!! So much like watching the movie! I could see it all so clearly, of course I've watched the movie so many times it's natural. I loved this book!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhona Crawford

    Like re-watching the films ... again

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