Rarely seen publicity photos from RETURN OF THE JEDI, plus Star Wars YA book info

Rarely seen publicity photos from RETURN OF THE JEDI, plus Star Wars YA book info

Star Wars fan and author Alexandra Bracken, who was honored with the job of writing a YA book on the original Star Wars characters, reblogged these publicity photos from Return of the Jedi original cast.

In other Alexandra Bracken news, she released the cover for her YA Star Wars book, The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy.  Here’s the synopsis:

The galaxy is at war.

Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen-the Death Star. The rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy… .

Acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: 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.

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy cover

Bracken does state that it’s meant for younger readers, but then again, it’s Star Wars, and it’s basically what the trio’s lives were like before A New Hope.  Here’s what she explained it to be:

I jokingly call this “The Star Wars Breakfast Club” because it plays with the idea of labels–how Leia is dismissed as being a mere pretty princess when she’s trying to earn respect as a senator, and, later, work her way up through the ranks of the Rebel Alliance; how Han struggles to balance his need to stay alive and the sense of right and wrong he’s tried to suppress; how Luke is dismissed as “kid” and a “farmboy,” even by himself, and ultimately rises up to become a hero.

Being that Alexandra is very, very familiar with the Star Wars universe, having read the expanded universe books growing up, it would be interesting to read these characters in the YA genre.


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