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Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Paperback – Apr 30 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590010891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590010894
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Much-loved YA author Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Calling on Dragons) retells here the storyline of Episode I, The Phantom Menace from opening shot to final scene. Since much of the action in Phantom Menace centers on 14-year-old Queen Amidala and 9-year-old Jedi-to-be Anakin Skywalker, Wrede takes the opportunity to focus on the thoughts and struggles of these two scrappy youngsters. And young Star Wars fans will appreciate that Wrede's adaptation is faithful to the screenplay--the events and dialogue mesh seamlessly with memories from the movie, only complementing the action with added details and inner dialogue. (We all knew what Anakin was thinking when he rolled his eyes at Qui-Gon's mollycoddling, but this book confirms our suspicions as Anakin groans to himself, "Grown-ups!") An inset section with 28 color stills from the movie adds a nice visual touch to a well-told story. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

About the Author

PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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By A Customer on March 20 2003
Format: Paperback
A Wrinkle in Time
By: Patricia C. Wrede
The book Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace is a great book. In the beginning of the book, two Jedi knights, Qui-gon Jinn and Obi-wan Kenobi travel to a Trade Federation control ship. When they are there, they find out that they are planning an invasion on the peaceful planet of Naboo. They then sneak onto one of the landing ships and inform the queen of the invasion. While they are there, they meet a Gungan named Jar-Jar Binks. The two jedi, the queen, and her maidens barely escape the planet on a Naboo cruiser. They stop on a planet called Tattoine on the outskirts of the galaxy because their hyperdrive is leaking. When they are there, they meet a young boy named Anakin Skywalker. Qui-gon senses that the force is strong with him, so he takes him with them to Courasant, the planet where they can talk to the supreme council about the invasion. After that, they go back to Naboo. They fight a big battle and finally get the planet back.
One reason why I liked this book is because of the good story line. It is a good story because of all the great characters and the setting. I especially liked the Jedi knights and the planet Courasant. It is a planet that is entirely a city.
The second reason why I liked this book is because of the action. In the beginning of the book, Qui-gon and Obi-wan have to fight their way out of a Trade Federation ship, and in the end of the book, there is a battle between the Gungans and the Trade Federation battle druids.
My favorite part of the book was when Anakin was in a podrace. I liked it because it is like racing cars, but with different vehicles. It was very exciting, and in the end Anakin won and was no longer a slave. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.
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Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the prequel to the original Star Wars Trilogy, tells of the beginning of the Sith, Dark Sidious's plan to topple the Republic and create the Dark Empire. The start of his plan begins with the Trade Federation's invasion of the small peaceful planet of Naboo, which Dark Sidious thinks will be very easy to take over, for the ruler is only a very young 14-year-old named Padme Amidala. However he is in for a surprise... When the two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, negotiations with the Trade Federation fail and Naboo is taken over by the Trade Federation the two Jedi rescue the young queen and try to escape to Corusanct, hoping the Senate would intervene. However mechanical problems cause them to have to land on Tatooine, a remote planet controled by the Hutts who are gangsters. There the Force brings them to a young boy named Anakin, we know the eventual Darth Vadar. It is herre that Padme and Anakin first meet and we know what happens later... Qui-Gon knows there is something special about the boy and when they are finally able to leave Tatooine he takes him with him to Corusant to have him trained as a Jedi and the long saga of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vadar begins. This was a superb beginning to what is to be 3 new movies-novels. I have always loved Patricia C. Wrede's writing style and this didn't disappoint. To see the first interactions with Anakin and Padme was just great. One not to be missed!
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Ok...This book was ok.It's true to the movie, except for minor detail.For example,in the movie , if they said"hey,theres a ship!" The book may say "look, there is a ship".This is a feeble attempt to make the book seem fresh and new after you've seen the movie.But it is a really good collectors item, especially if you get the collectors edition that comes with a print.I wasnt expecting a lot, to be honest with you, because the movie wasnt based on the book, so, in that respect, the book is pretty good.But after watching the movie 100 times over,it just doesn;t capture the feel of the mos eisley pod race, or the action of the final lightsaber duel.But, this is a pretty good book,all things considered.It has some cool stuff in it, and sticks to the movies plot.After all, if you want to know what happened elsewhere during and before E1, theres the star wars journals, and the jedi apprentice series by jude watson.This is an excellent read if you've never seen the movie, and it does a pretty good job if you have.Pick thisone up if youre a fan.
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This was a really good summation of the movie, with enough of a look into some of the characters' thoughts to make it enjoyable. Patricia C. Wrede is a great fantasy writer (I adore her novel 'Snow White and Rose Red'), so this doesn't surprise me. She has a great feel for writing beautiful prose that is engaging for children and adults alike.
Obviously Wrede had read, or at least heard about the concept of, the two Jedi Apprentice novels, since she refers to them on pages 4 and 5 of the book. At the beginning Qui-Gon is thinking about Obi-Wan, and how they complement each other, and wondering if that was what Yoda foresaw when he "brought Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan together as Master and Padawan apprentice." (4) We also get this line from Qui-Gon's thoughts: "Obi-Wan Kenobi had great skill, no question of that, but sometimes he was so...intense." (4)
It was the insight into the thoughts of the characters that really sold me on this novel, especially the thoughts of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Amidala and Anakin. We read of Qui-Gon groaning inwardly at Obi-Wan's "battle humor", and resigning himself to it, remarking that at least Obi-Wan showed evidence of *some* sense of humor, however dark. We discover that Qui-Gon is most disturbed by the power that the handmaiden Padme seems to have over the Queen, and he is rather curt with the individual he views as the "Queen's favorite." We learn of the despair Anakin felt when he realized he has lost everyone who ever meant anything to him.
There's a strange dialog between Padme and Anakin in this book that we don't see in the movie. When he first meets Padme in Watto's junk shop, right after he tells Jar Jar to "Hit the nose!
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