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[Young Jedi Knights]
Events that occur between 22 and 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

[Young Jedi Knights #12: Return to Ord Mantell]

Paperback Youth Novel
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Return to Ord Mantell
Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
Published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1998)

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Two Jedi graduates revisit their old school - Kyp Durron and Streen. As Kyp helps reassure a now in retraining Zekk, the kids call Han to let him know he is there. Turns out Han is already on the way to Yavin IV, with Anakin and a surprise for the young Jedi - he is gonna be Grand Marshal at the Blockade Runners Derby at Ord Mantell, and the kids are invited too!
When they arrive there, an old enemy of Han's is waiting - Czethros. To their surprise, he welcomes them. The following morning, the Millennium Falcon takes a run on the race route, with Han trying to beat the race record (which he set years ago). Ironically, the Falcon's mad speed is what saves it from the field of space mines that nearly blows it to bits.
After a brief flurry and delay, the race is allowed to take place. Tenel Ka and Lowie win the race, but piloting the ship is Zekk! As the children celebrate, they are suddenly set upon by creatures that steal the space mine fragments. A new lightsaber-wielding fighter joins them in fighting off the creatures, a woman who claims Han murdered her father long ago. She is Anja Gallandro.
When Han refutes her claims, she challenges him to check out her war-torn world of Anobis, a world that has received no help from the Republic. In reality, it is all a set-up, orchestrated by Czethros, the new head of Black Sun, who is paying Anja off by feeding her andris spice addiction. En route to Anobis, the Millennium Falcon stops and shuts down an arms trading ship. They continue on to the desolate planet and begin learning about the problems there. They also fight off a lethal group of knaars.
Anja leads them to her mining village, only to watch her people take them hostage. She leads an attack on a farming village, only to accidentally kill the mining village leader's brother. He marshals his forces to wipe the farmers off the planet, until the Jedi tell him of the weapons trader Lilmit, dealing to both sides to keep the war going. Negotiations to end the war begin, with Kyp and Streen showing up to help destroy the weapons. And Anja is offered to become a Jedi student at Yavin. The perfect opportunity for her and Czethros.

This story occurs approximately 24 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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