George Lucas is turning 69 today. The man gave us Indiana Jones AND Han Solo. And a princess with awesome hair that every little girl should aspire to be like.
So, to get this out of my system-- HAN SHOOTS FIRST. I can also tell you about the Spice Mines of Kessel.
Shadow Moon by George Lucas and Chris Claremont. Picking up where the movie Willow ended, Elora has been raised in loneliness and does not care for her role in saving the land. Can she be turned towards the path they need her to take? Follow it with Shadow Dawn.
Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. Starting five years after the end of Return of the Jedi, the New Republic struggles to stay cohesive. Follow it with Dark Force Rising.
Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi by Rob Macgregor. This series fills the gap between the Young Indiana Jones TV series and the movies. This one features a female professor who wishes to be named the new Oracle at Delphi and her plan involves using Indy to do it. Follow it with Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants.
Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections: The Spacecraft and Vehicles of the Entire Star Wars Saga by Curtis Saxton and Kerrie Dougherty. This volume has all of the previous DK Star Wars Cross-Section books in one volume. Filled with minute detail, this book looks at all the ships and land craft in Star Wars, showing the insides and outsides.
Star Wars: The Essential Atlas by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry. As the title suggests, this is an atlas of the Star Wars universe, encompassing the movies, the tv show, the books and the comic books.
LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft. Did you know that they make a LEGO of Han Solo frozen in carbonite? Like, a brick you can incorporate into any wall you're building, but it's HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE? Yeah, I want one even more than I want a frozen Han Solo ice cube tray. This is the book that told me this LEGO is a thing that exists in the world.
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler. This sweet story told in alternating voices takes place at Disney World, when the actors have gone on strike and high school students have to fill in. Luke plays Dale (as in Chip and Dale) and Ella is Cinderella. Lots of fun backstage action (princesses aren't allowed to eat, character heads are crazy heavy). The fact this is on the George Lucas list gives away Luke's deep dark secret, but it was pretty obvious anyway.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. Ok, this is really more Middle Grade than Young Adult, but I don't care. When Dwight brings his origami Yoda to school and starts giving out strangely good advice, Tommy and his friends are on the case to see if the Force really is with the finger puppet. Follow it with Darth Paper Strikes Back.
Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. So, I was only going to do extended universe book and the Zahn trilogy really is where one should start. BUT! This one has zombies, so I couldn't help myself. An Imperial prison barge (home to the galaxy's more ruthless criminals) gets the zombie plague. Aw yeah. For more Star Wars Zombie action, check out Schreiber's Red Harvest.
What books would you read in honor of Lucas's birthday?
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