Feed your ‘Star Wars’ fever with reading recommendations
Submitted by Liz Gotauco
MERRIMACK – "Star Wars" frenzy started a long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), but the ante has definitely been upped now that the release of "The Force Awakens" is here.
Luckily, there is no dearth of books and media for fans of all ages. Here’s a quick roundup of reads available through the Merrimack Public Library to hold you over in the gaps between marathon viewings and opening nights. It includes books outside the Lucasverse sure to satisfy (and all would be excellent gift options for a fan this holiday season).
For all ages:
"Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" by Adam Bray. This newbie is a necessity for every "Star Wars" fan’s coffee table. Bray fills the book with all sorts of unique trivia and factoids in an engaging infographic design.
"Small Scenes From a Big Galaxy" by Vesa Lehtimaki. This photography treasury is an artistic treat for Luke and Lego fans alike. Lehtimaki combines his son’s toys with his own hilarious inspiration to re-create scenes from the space opera, including humorous "what if" scenarios.
For adults and older teens:
"Star Wars, Aftermath" by Chuck Wendig. This addition to the series picks up after "Return of the Jedi" left off and is a great precurser for the new film.
"William Shakespeare’s Star Wars." Definitely a niche book – author Ian Doescher takes on the monumental task of retelling "A New Hope" and the following two movies in the gorgeous verse of the Bard, managing to spoof both Shakespeare himself (Luke: "But O, what now? What light through yonder flashing sensor breaks?") and "Star Wars" fans alike (Han Solo: "I pray thee, sir, forgive me for the mess/And whether I shot first, I’ll not confess.")
Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels: A detailed and rich fantasy world? Check. A twin discovering his inherited and unique powers? Check. Lots of action and witty dialogue? Check! Sanderson’s epic series has been around awhile, so readers can go back to the beginning or easily pick it up with one of his more recent additions.
For teens and lovers of YA books:
"Legend by Marie Lu": Full of adventure and intrigue, this series echoes the "Space Western" feel of "Star Wars" and the entire trilogy is a thrilling read.
"Star Wars. Lost Stars" by Claudia Gray. A new YA book in the "Star Wars" extended universe follows Thane and Ciena, whose shared love of flying brings them together. But can their bond hold up when they’re fighting on different sides of an epic battle?
For kids and tweens:
"Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens" series. This new chapter-book series focuses each book on one of the main characters from the original trilogy, penned by different established and popular authors.
"The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy: An Original Retelling of Star Wars, a New Hope" by Alexandra Bracken. How many times can we retell the same story over and over and still be satisfied? It turns out: lots! For the elementary student in your life who wants to relive Luke and Leia’s adventure again and again, pick up this illustrated edition.
"The Phantom Bully" (Jedi Academy series). The final installment of Jeffrey Brown’s popular cartoon-meets-chapter-book series will be well-received by both "Star Wars" fans and "Wimpy Kid" readers. Cartoons, journal entries and middle-grade humor fit well in the "Star Wars" extended universe.
Lastly, fans of all ages are invited to the library’s "Star Wars" Trivia Night on Wednesday, Dec. 30, when you can test (or show off) the level of geekery you’ve devoted to the saga.
We’re hosting two sessions divided by age group: our "Jedi Academy" session is for families with kids ages 6 and older and starts at 6:15 p.m. Our "Jedi Knight" session is for ages 12 and older and starts at 7:30 p.m.
Find more information and sign up at merrimacklibrary.org, or call the library at 424-5021, ext. 105.