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8 new Star Wars books being released on Force Friday

One of the biggest pop culture marketing blitzkriegs in recent times, Force Friday, is finally here. Hordes of people have already stayed up past midnight last night for the Targets, Walmarts and Disney Stores in their neighborhoods to unveil the new merchandise for Force Friday. These folks probably spent their entire September paychecks – it’s a trap!

As part of its unforgiving onslaught of wallet-thinning temptations, Disney and its partner and subsidiary publishing houses have also released a slew of new books today.

For parents, these books can actually be a great way to get your kids to feel included as part of all the pre-Force Awakens hype but to aslo keep them reading – something you can perhaps feel okay about spending so much money on.

Here, then, is a list of the new Star Wars books that were released for Force Friday. Happy reading.

Relates the key events immediately following Return of the Jedi and leading up to The Force Awakens. For adult readers this is probably the most eagerly awaited canonical Star Wars book to be released since Dark Lords of the Sith.

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A YA novel that provides a summary of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire through the eyes of two childhood friends, Ciena and Thane, who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Sounds like The Fox and the Hound.

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This one’s an upper middle grade novel that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in which everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers go on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion.

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Like Smuggler’s Run, an upper middle grade novel that takes place in the same period chronologically.  Luke, C-3PO, and R2-D2 get stranded on a mysterious planet, and Luke ends up dueling a mysterious new villain. Said to contain “clues” and “hints” about Force Awakens.

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Same target age group and time setting as the two books above. Leia leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the Empire. Also said to include “clues” about Force Awakens, whatever that means.

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Stated as being for grades 1-8, but at only 24 pages and with stickers and press-out pieces, this one’s for the kiddies.

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Like the droids book, also for the kiddies. Lots of pictures and facts about the various Star Wars ships.

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A trivia book for grades 3-7. Want to know who cleans the floors of the Death Star and what creature takes 1,000 years to digest its swalloed victims? This is the book for you.

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