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  News Archives: September 2015

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during September 2015:
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 29th September
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[ Jedi Academy - Trilogy Boxset ] [] Jedi Academy - Trilogy Boxset
Children's Books by Jeffrey Brown
Scholastic Books ( [US] )

This set includes all three books from the New York Times Bestselling series: Jedi Academy, Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan and Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully.
Created by award-winning author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown, this series is a hit for readers of all ages. Whether you're familiar with Star Wars or if you're new to the galaxy, this heartfelt and hilarious adventure follows middle grader Roan as he navigates being a Jedi and dealing with bullies, aliens, robots, and even school dances.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 23rd September
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[] Kanan #6: Haunt
Comic Book by Greg Weisman, Jacopo Camagni et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between 5 and 4 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
• A stand alone tale from the time of Star Wars Rebels!
• No longer a Padawan, the adult Kanan finds himself back on the planet Kaller...
• Will his past as Caleb Dume return to haunt him?

 
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US RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 22nd September
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[ A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy ] [] A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy
Children's Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Alexandra Bracken
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of A New Hope like you've never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.

 
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[ The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? ] [] The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
Children's Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Adam Gidwitz
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz delivers a captivating retelling of The Empire Strikes Back like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.
 
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[ Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! ] [] Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
Children's Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Tom Angleberger
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Tom Angleberger delivers a captivating retelling of Return of the Jedi like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga.
 
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars Insider #160
Magazine
Titan Magazines ( [US] )

Star Wars set decorator Roger Christian takes us on a tour of the Millennium Falcon and explains why airplanes played a huge part in building the Star Wars galaxy.
Plus the latest on The Force Awakens including free Topps Journey to The Force Awakens trading cards!
And exclusive fiction featuring the return of Blade Squadron in Zero Hour, a short story by Mark Williams and David Williams that is "connected to" Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novel!

 
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 17th September
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[ Star Wars Rebels Magazine ] [] Star Wars Rebels Magazine coming to America

After 11 months Star Wars Rebels Magazine, first published by Panini Comics in Germany and Egmont in the UK, is to be finally published in the US by Titan Comics, beginning in November. Aimed at 7-12 year olds, each issue contains a short comic story, fun facts, puzzles and news from Star Wars Rebels galaxy. Details for the first two issues are...full story

 
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NEWS . . .

Wednesday 16th September
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[ Marvel ] [] Comic titles for December

In their latest comic solicitations, Marvel have announced the following Star Wars comic titles due for release in December 2015...full story

  • STAR WARS ANNUAL #1
  • DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1
  • C-3P0 (JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS)
  • STAR WARS #14
  • DARTH VADER #14
  • CHEWBACCA #5
  • KANAN #9
 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 16th September
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[] Star Wars #9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jason Aaron, Stuart Immonen et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] [import])

This story occurs shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker knows he has a long way to go if he ever hopes to become a true Jedi. Seeking clues to his destiny, he recently returned to his home world of Tatooine, where he discovered a secret journal left for him by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Meanwhile Princess Leia and Han Solo have encountered some surprises of their own. While searching the galaxy for a suitable site for the new Rebel base, they ran afoul of Imperial patrol ships. Now hiding out on a remote planet, they find themselves facing a far more shocking encounter. Her name is Sana and she claims to be Han's...

 
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[] Lando #4 (part 4 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Alex Maleev et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

Between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back:
You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book!
Lando has made off with one of the most expensive ships in the galaxy. But now, one of the most deadly, effective trackers around is on his tail! Get swindled by the smoothest talker in space!

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Monday 14th September
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[ Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One ] [] Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One
Blu-Ray and DVD Boxset
Lucasfilm / Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment ( [UK] )

Between 5 and 4 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels — Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper — have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.
Contains all episodes from the first season with additional features...more

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 10th September
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Chuck Wending
Century ( [UK] )

Between 4 and 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance — now a fledgling New Republic — presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but is taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former Rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world — war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit — to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on the Norra and her newfound allies — her technical genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector — who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Wednesday 9th September
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[] Journey to The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi:
• The second Death Star is destroyed.
• The Emperor and Vader are rumored to be dead.
• The Empire is in chaos.
• While some systems celebrate, in others Imperial factions tighten their grip.

Variant covers available.

 
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[] Darth Vader #9: Book II: Shadows and Secrets (part 3)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Vader has a new mission to do for the Empire.
• Unfortunately, it’s completely at odds with his own mission.
• What’s a Dark Lord to do?

 
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UK RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 9th September
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[] Star Wars Rebels Magazine #9
Children's Comic Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Features exclusive short comic story, Senate Perspective; puzzles, quizzes, pull-out poster and free cover gift!

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 8th September
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[ William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge ] [] William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge
Hardback Book by Ian Doescher
Quirk Books ( [US] & [UK] )

The curtain rises once again on that star-crossed galaxy far, faraway: this time, to chronicle a once-heroic knight’s transformation into the darkest of villains.

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge is the climactic conclusion to the fall of the house of Skywalker, a collaboration between William Shakespeare and George Lucas that’s filled with masterful meter, stirring soliloquies, inside jokes, and intricate Elizabethan illustrations.

 
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STAFF REVIEW . . .

Sunday 6th September
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[ Starfighter Workshop: Make Your Own X-Wing & TIE Fighter ] [] Starfighter Workshop: Make Your Own X-Wing & TIE Fighter
Publisher: Egmont (UK)
Reviewer: Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics

Starfighter Workshop: Make Your Own X-Wing & TIE Fighter is a companion publication to last year's R2-D2's Droid Workshop: Make Your Own R2-D2 and follows the same pattern of offering an activity book combined with a press out paper kit. While the Droid Workshop book had just one kit to construct: a R2-D2 model that stood almost one foot tall, Starfighter Workshop has two paper kits to assemble: a X-Wing and a TIE Fighter. Assembly is straightforward when following the instructions although younger ones may find some parts fiddly, especially when constructing the X-Wing's engines, the completed models are impressive...read full review

 
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NEWS . . .

Friday 4th September
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: C-3PO ] [] C-3PO one-shot comic story coming December

As announced on StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab], Marvel will release a one-shot comic story explaining how C-3PO acquires his red arm in The Force Awakens. It is due for release in December.

Fans of the galaxy’s greatest protocol droid have noticed that in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, C-3PO has a new red arm. In a special one-shot from Marvel, we’ll learn just how and why he got it.
Today, Marvel announced
Star Wars Special: C-3P0 #1, a new story from the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program coming in December. Reuniting acclaimed and award-winning writer and artist team of James Robinson and Tony Harris for the first time in nearly two decades, the tale follows “golden rod” on a solo adventure leading up to his appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and reveals how he received his red arm.
“That’s a really exciting part of doing this story,” says Robinson. “I saw a photo of C-3PO with his red arm the other day and I thought ‘Wow, I’m the writer who gets to explain that.’”
You may not be fluent in over six million forms of communication…but this book is a must have in any language.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Friday 4th September
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Aftermath
Hardback Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Chuck Wending
Del Rey ( [US] )

Between 4 and 5 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance — now a fledgling New Republic — presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but is taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former Rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world — war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit — to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on the Norra and her newfound allies — her technical genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector — who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Lost Stars ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Lost Stars
Young Adult Novel, e-Book and Audio Book by Claudia Gray
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Begins approximately 11 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion — putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them — and the galaxy — apart?

 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: The Weapon of a Jedi
Young Adult Novel, e-Book by Jason Fry
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] ); Egmont ( [UK] )

Shortly after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Luke Skywalker finds himself drawn to a mysterious planet, where he must use the Force to save a young girl — and survive in a dangerous duel against a strange new villain.

This story occurs between Heir to the Jedi and Skywalker Strikes.
 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Smuggler's Run ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Smuggler's Run
Young Adult Novel, e-Book by Greg Rucka
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] ); Egmont ( [UK] )

Immediately after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion.

This story occurs concurrently with Princess Leia.
 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Moving Target ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Moving Target
Young Adult Novel, e-Book by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry
Disney Lucasfilm Press ( [US] ); Egmont ( [UK] )

Approximately 4 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire.
 
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[Avavilable now...] [] Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Reference Book by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Michael Kogge, Kerrie Dougherty
DK Publishing
( [US] ); Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Explore the world of Star Wars through lively lists, interesting facts, and questions and answers via a highly engaging infographic design. Whether it's a chart of who is the oldest Jedi, a list of all the owners of the Millennium Falcon, or a diagram showing all the Jedi Yoda has trained, this guide will excite readers of all ages and provide facts they never knew about the Star Wars Galaxy.

 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Ships of the Galaxy ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Ships of the Galaxy
Paperback Reference Book by Benjamin Harper
Studio Fun International
( [US] )

Discover details of all the most well-loved ships from the Star Wars saga in this book that gives details, diagrams and facts for fifteen ships. Features an unfolding giant battle scene including a new ship from The Force Awakens!

 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Droid Factory ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Droid Factory
Activity Book
Studio Fun International
( [US] )

Some roll on wheels, others walk on legs — some can even fly! They’re droids, and in the Star Wars galaxy they can do almost anything. With Star Wars: Droid Factory, you’ll learn all sorts of fun facts about many different Star Wars droids and even build a few. Includes a paperback filled with cool images and droid data, instructions and press-outs to construct models of C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, and two wind-up bases to make R2-D2 and BB-8 move! Also includes poster and collectible Star Wars stickers!

 
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[ Journey to The Force Awakens: Look and Find ] [] Journey to The Force Awakens: Look and Find
Activity Book
Phoenix International
( [US] )

In each of the eight full-spread scenes based on the first six Star wars films, look for six to eight find'ems.
The last spread of the book contains bonus find'ems for each scenes.

 
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NEW RELEASES . . .

Tuesday 1st September
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[ Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One ] [] Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One
Blu-Ray and DVD Boxset
Lucasfilm / Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment ( [US] )

Between 5 and 4 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels — Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper — have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.
Contains all episodes from the first season with additional features...more

 
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[] Star Wars Trilogy
Paperback Novel by George Lucas, Donald F. Glut, James Khan
Del Rey ( [US] )

Collating original novelisations of A New Hope (ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster), The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

 
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[Available now...] [] Ultimate Star Wars
Hardback Reference Book by R. Windham, A. Bray, D. Wallace, T. Barr
Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

An in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy. Structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga, The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels...more
 
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[Avavilable now...] [] The Original Trilogy Stories (Storybook Collection)
Children's Book by various
Disney Lucasfilm Press
( [US] )

Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia for one action-packed adventure after the next! This collection features 18 stories from the original Star Wars trilogy, beautifully illustrated by Star Wars artist Brian Rood. With foil on the cover, gilded pages, and over 250 pieces of both spot and full-page art, this storybook is a must-have for fans!

 
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[Avavilable now...] [] The Story of Darth Vader
Hardback & Paperback Children's Book by Catherine Saunders
DK Publishing
( [US] ); Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

With a fresh new look and added content, The Story of Darth Vader follows the life of one of the greatest villains as he rises to power.
Level 3 is for children able to read on their own. The stories are exciting and captivating in order to develop the child's own desire to read. More text and more complex sentence structure are presented, with information spreads to help develop the reader's general knowledge. The choice of subject widens to match the broadening of children's experiences and interests.

 
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[Available now...] [] Star Pilot
Hardback & Paperback Children's Book by Laura Buller
DK Publishing
( [US] ); Dorling Kindersley ( [UK] )

Star Wars: Star Pilot features a lively, fact-packed narrative about the spaceships and vehicles of Star Wars. What is the biggest spaceship? What is a Jedi starfighter? This exciting book has all the answers!
Level 3 is for children able to read on their own. The stories are exciting and captivating in order to develop the child's own desire to read. More text and more complex sentence structure are presented, with information spreads to help develop the reader's general knowledge. The choice of subject widens to match the broadening of children's experiences and interests.

 
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[Available now...] [] Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of the Rebellion - Poster-A-Page
Paperback Children's Book
Disney Lucasfilm Press
( [US] )

With more than 100 full-color illustrations from Star Wars Rebels' newest season, every page a poster, plus 7 supersize fold-out posters inside, kids can relive the thrilling adventures of Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Zeb, Sabine and Chopper.

 
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[Available now...] [] Star Wars: Heroes and Villains - Poster-A-Page
Paperback Children's Book
Disney Lucasfilm Press
( [US] )

Bring heroes and villains from galaxies far, far away onto the walls of young fans with the Star Wars Heroes and Villains Poster-A-Page book! Featuring more than 100 full color images of the most iconic characters both good and bad in Star Wars Episodes I-VI, this book includes a poster on every page, plus 7 supersize fold-out posters inside.

 
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