The Defenders of the Dead (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 5)

The Defenders of the Dead - Jude Watson Many teens and adults find juvenile chapter books to be childish and not worth their time, but I think right many of my bibliophile friends would agree with me when I say that the former group of people is simply missing out. "Jedi Apprentice," an eighteen-book "Star Wars" saga that takes place before "The Phantom Menace," is a perfect example of why. The story is engaging, and it opens a window into the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn well before either of them met their tragic ends. If there is one problem, it's with Jude Watson's writing style; although it's tolerable, it doesn't have the crispness and flair that beloved children's authors such as Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, or Rick Riordian. If you can forgive that, this is definitely worth reading.