A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

We are big Star Wars fans in our family.  I enjoyed the films in my youth (they premiered on my seventh birthday) and my kids are, if anything, even bigger fans.  So when the classic trilogy were reimagined as young adult novels I was sorely tempted to read them. I even checked them out of the library a few times but never quite got around to read them.

But looking for something to listen to on a family car trip I picked up A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken from Overdrive as an audiobook.  We ended up listening to it in the car on that trip and finished it driving around on various other trips. My 9yo son in particular loved it and asked to listen to it whenever he could.

I thought it was well done, if with the obvious draw back of already knowing what happens. The audiobook does a nice job of giving the characters a voice and offering an interesting take on their backgrounds, personalities and what they might have been thinking as this famous story unfolds. Sound effects add to the fun.

Solid entertainment for longer car trips for the young Star Wars fans.

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Book Cover Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
Alexandra Bracken
Juvenile Fiction
Disney Electronic Content
June 23, 2015

Acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope like you've never experienced before, infusing the iconic, classic tale of good versus evil with a unique perspective and narrative style that will speak directly to today's young readers while enhancing the Star Wars experience for core fans of the saga. This illustrated novel is the first in the highly-anticipated series and features richly detailed art by celebrated Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig. Fans old and new will be delighted by this beautifully crafted book and the unexpected twists in this retelling of a beloved story.

About the author

Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season - oh, and watching golf too).

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