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Monday, March 20, 2017

6th MMGM: Stars Wars- Join The Resistance by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (review, giveaway)

Welcome to Day 20 of the 6th Annual March MG Madness, featuring Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, and their book, Star Wars: Join the Resistance!

Stars Wars: Join the Resistance
(book #1)
By Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
March 7, 2017
MATTIS BANZ knows that he's meant to be a hero of the galaxy like the legendary Luke Skywalker, and when General Leia Organa's Resistance recruits him to join its efforts against the evil First Order, he finally has a chance to fulfill his destiny. But the rest of his squadron doesn't seem very promising. Sure, there's the Zeltron girl Lorica, famous for her exploits foiling evil smugglers, but there's also the swamp boy named Dec, who seems to enjoy causing trouble; Dec's "brother," a droid who thinks he's a pilot; Sari, whose imposing size contradicts her sweet nature; and Jo , the stuffy group leader with secrets. How is Mattis supposed to be the next Poe Dameron when he and his squad mates spend more time in trouble than flying X-wings? The team will have to learn how to work together when the going gets tough, or they won't be going anywhere. . . .

Fifteen year old, Mattis Banz, dreams of being a hero like Luke Skywalker, Admiral Ackbar, and General Leia Organa, and he just might get his chance when the Resistance recruits him. Excited to become a pilot and help save the galaxy from the nefarious First Order, Mattis is eager to start his training at the Resistance headquarters. However, once Mattis arrives, things don’t go exactly as he imagined they would...but new friends, new missions, and new adventures await him!

Ben Acker and Ben Blacker’s Star Wars: Join the Resistance is a thrilling, out-of-this world fun story set in the vast and complex Star Wars universe. With non-stop adventure, humorous hijinks, and an eclectic cast of characters, Star Wars: Join the Resistance is fast-paced, amusing, and entertaining.

Both young readers already completely absorbed in the Star Wars franchise and those just discovering it, will be captivated by this tale. Acker and Blacker clearly know this world inside and out,  and have done a great job of describing, expanding, and exploring its people, planets, cultures, and politics.

The middle-grade audience will love that the story focuses on characters their own ages and will appreciate the POVs these young characters provide. Star Wars: Join the Resistance is chock full of engaging, endearing, and likable characters, from determined Mattis, to mischievous and witty Dec and his brother AG, good-hearted Sari, feisty Lorica, adorkable Klimo, and tough Jo.

Mattis and his friends find themselves in a spaceship size amount of adventure and misadventure, and readers will get a kick out of every minute of it. Star Wars: Join the Resistance ends on an exciting cliffhanger that will leave readers eager for more!

Ben Acker & Ben Blacker are the creators and writers/producers of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old time radio which is also a podcast on the Nerdist network. In television, they have written for CW's Supernatural, Dreamworks/Netflix's Puss in Boots, and FX's Cassius and Clay. They've also developed original pilots for Fox, USA (twice), Spike, Paramount, Nickelodeon, and other entities. In comics, they've written for Marvel, Dynamite, Boom!, and others. Acker has written for PRI's "Wits." Blacker is the creator and host of The Writers Panel, a podcast about the business and process of writing, as well as its spin-off, the Nerdist Comics Panel. He's the producer of Dead Pilots Society, a podcast in which unproduced television pilots by established writers are given the table reads they so richly deserve.

Annie Wu is an illustrator currently living in Chicago. She is best known for her work in comics, including DC's Black Canary and Marvel's Hawkeye.

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Danielle H. said...

My favorite Star Wars character is R2D2.

Slowsly said...

This book sounds exactly like something middle grade students and parents of middle graders would love. A great plot and relatable characters make it a winner.

Lisa Maucione said...

I have many readers who are Star Wars fans. I'm sure they would love this!