Christina Starspeeder, older sister to Victor Starspeeder, is the focus in this 7th book in the popular Jedi Academy series: REVENGE OF THE SIS. The graphic novel, written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka & Amy Ignatow, continues the relatable and fun style of journal entries and doodles to great effect. We meet a brand new set of characters from all corners of the Star Wars universe at the Jedi Academy at Jedha City. Christina, who seemed in charge and confident to everyone on Coruscant, shows a more developed personality with vulnerabilities, silly foibles, and self-doubt as she acclimates to her new Academy.
Faced with classmates who are highly impressive and the legendary Jedi Master Skia Ro as her Jedi mentor, Christina’s optimism and confidence are tested again and again – no thanks to her mentor’s droid, whose condescension cuts Christina down at every turn. The storyline emphasizes perseverance, humility, and trusting one’s instincts (some of the time) as the Jedi in training wends her way through adventures and conflicts both small and humongous.
Aimed at readers 8-12 years old, social tensions exist, but are kept to a minimum. However, Christina’s comparison of her own abilities and experience will feel familiar to most readers. In addition, the use of social media like Stargrams, Galaxy Feed, an online publication called The Daily Millennium, and Christina’s favorite read, Galactic Zoology Today, provide insights to the characters and clues to developing plotlines. There is even astute commentary regarding trust of social media that could spark conversations between parents and children venturing into the morass that is online life.
Revenge of the Sis is a rollicking and enjoyable story that touches on modern topics like shoddy developments pushing out small businesses even as it incorporates age-old adolescent challenges. Ignatow’s dialogue and character development and Krosoczka’s expressive illustrations are a delight. Highly recommended!
Revenge of the Sis is due out March 26th, 2019, but you can find an independent bookstore here to pre-order your copy!