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Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel. Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel.


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Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel. Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel.

30 review for Princess Leia: Royal Rebel

  1. 5 out of 5

    emily

    :,)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela Blount

    Before Leia was introduced as a feisty captured courier for Death Star schematics, she was a well-loved adopted princess of Alderaan--a beautiful, arts-centric planet caught in the middle of a steadily corrupting galactic Empire. Ever out of place as a royal, Leia grew up preferring to spend her time learning strategy and self-defense rather than the delicacy of rhetoric and diplomacy. But she would need all of those skills as the Alliance spy she eventually became... The book opens with a hesita Before Leia was introduced as a feisty captured courier for Death Star schematics, she was a well-loved adopted princess of Alderaan--a beautiful, arts-centric planet caught in the middle of a steadily corrupting galactic Empire. Ever out of place as a royal, Leia grew up preferring to spend her time learning strategy and self-defense rather than the delicacy of rhetoric and diplomacy. But she would need all of those skills as the Alliance spy she eventually became... The book opens with a hesitant and somewhat cantankerous General Leia giving a personal account of her past, in hopes of somehow inspiring others. The first-person telling of the intro holds her voice authentically, with that edge of weariness fans would fully expect. It then switches to a more distant 3rd-person perspective for the rest of the book. "To be honest, I think this whole biography thing is a bit silly. But this archival droid won't stop following me around..." For an early-reader chapter book, it has just the right mix of material they already know from the movies and extra motivating backstory that presents a bit of new and character-enriching information. The black and white artwork is interspersed every other page, and does a lovely job of capturing both likeness and expressions where appropriate. My kids (ages 6 and 8) read this with me in 2 sittings, and it generally held their attention and interest. As an adult fan who grew up with the original three movies as a staple, it was satisfying to see more emotion and humanity lent to the space princess who defied the spoiled, frilly princess stereotypes with a blaster-wielding vengeance. This book gives acknowledgement to the repressed pain of her planet's destruction, weight to her personal stake and responsibilities, and even some plausibility to her biological mother's love story with Anikan that the movie didn't quite achieve. It also may pique reader's curiosity toward the late Queen of Alderaan--Leia's adopted mother, Breha. While Royal Rebel is mindful to The Force Awakens material, it mysteriously leaves blank the entire time between the birth of Han and Leia's son, Ben, and the events of TFA. I personally found that the most disappointing aspect. It's hard to tell if the material simply hasn't been written to fit the new cannon, or if it's being withheld as a means of incurring interest in planned filler that will be released in the eventual future. (I would guess the later... because $.) A worthwhile read for Star Wars fans, young and... er ...aging. *cough* And unbeknownst to the creators, a heart-wrenching and timely release.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Desiré R

    Part of me resents the need to release a Leia backstory/biography that is incomplete. If part of her story needs to be left as a mystery, why not wait until it can be revealed? Right, money. Still, apart from that and the inclusion of TFA-compliant material that I personally reject (I understand it has to be here, but I still reject it), it was beautifully illustrated and I loved the parts about Leia before ANH; it was good backstory.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    To anyone that knows me, it's no secret that I love Leia Organa. She was the first fictional character that I became obsessed with and looked up to. Even today, I admire her qualities and try to incorporate some of them into my own life. This is a cute, informative book on the life of the famous princess and rebel. It follows Leia's story through her childhood until the events at the end of The Force Awakens (so spoilers if you haven't seen that film). It's a shame we don't have more information To anyone that knows me, it's no secret that I love Leia Organa. She was the first fictional character that I became obsessed with and looked up to. Even today, I admire her qualities and try to incorporate some of them into my own life. This is a cute, informative book on the life of the famous princess and rebel. It follows Leia's story through her childhood until the events at the end of The Force Awakens (so spoilers if you haven't seen that film). It's a shame we don't have more information about Leia after Episode VI. Still, this would be a great book for anyone who's interested in Star Wars and Princess Leia. It's an easy read with nice artwork (can we talk about how much I love Noto's artwork on the cover??) that would definitely appeal to fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    So cozy! An excellent beginning biography of a fictional character. Recaps all the known canon stuff, while also adding interesting tidbits (LIKE THAT QUEEN BREHA WAS AN EXPERT IN HAND TO HAND COMBAT?). GJ Book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This book is a great book for star wars fans and tells a lot of background information on Leia.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    5 stars. Because...you know why. Sigh.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessamyn Leigh

    This was great. Looking at the Star Wars saga as it relates to Leia's life might be my new favorite thing. Presented as an in-world biography, the book really focused on Leia's incredible strength as she continues to fight for what's right even after continued losing everything over and over. Reading this in the wake of Carrie Fisher's sudden passing was more than a little emotional. It was full of fun tidbits about minor film characters like Breha (I'm gonna need a whole movie about her and sec This was great. Looking at the Star Wars saga as it relates to Leia's life might be my new favorite thing. Presented as an in-world biography, the book really focused on Leia's incredible strength as she continues to fight for what's right even after continued losing everything over and over. Reading this in the wake of Carrie Fisher's sudden passing was more than a little emotional. It was full of fun tidbits about minor film characters like Breha (I'm gonna need a whole movie about her and secret fighting skills asap Disney), cute illustrations, and mini-bios that included lines like "[Han Solo] is perhaps best known as the husband of General Leia Organa". Oh yeah, and cover art by Phil Noto. It's like Disney and Scholastic read my Christmas list. ;) Also this book somehow did a better job at explaining things than the movies themselves? Things like Anakin and Padme's romance actually sounding plausible, the way the New Republic, Resistance and First Order worked actually made sense (and there was emotional weight given to the destruction of Hosnian Prime? Whaaaat). I kind of want to buy a copy of this for every child I know.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luce

    This is essentially just a combined retelling of Leia's parts in the four films, plus Moving Target, the Princess Leia comic and, very briefly, Bloodline. I would've rated it only three stars but I did learn a few things I didn't know before, and that deserved an extra star. This is essentially just a combined retelling of Leia's parts in the four films, plus Moving Target, the Princess Leia comic and, very briefly, Bloodline. I would've rated it only three stars but I did learn a few things I didn't know before, and that deserved an extra star.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Synopsis: "Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel." My Review: Being a huge Star Wars fan, I am always looking for a little extra of the story in my life. I picked this one up for my library, and potentially Munchkin. It is a pretty ea Synopsis: "Who is Princess Leia? How did a princess become a rebel leader? And what happened to her after the Empire was defeated? In this biography--complete with black-and-white illustrations, timelines, and character profiles--young readers will delight in learning the complete history of Star Wars' royal rebel." My Review: Being a huge Star Wars fan, I am always looking for a little extra of the story in my life. I picked this one up for my library, and potentially Munchkin. It is a pretty easy read for kids who are just starting to get into chapter books with less illustrations. I like how it gave a nice timeline of Princess Leia's life through the whole saga. There were also illustrations and facts about some of the main players and characters connected with Leia throughout the stories/movies as well. It made for a fun read, maybe a little more geared towards young girls but obviously boy fans will also enjoy it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Nice compilation of Leia stories aimed at young readers. This is mostly a synopsis of events from other published books and comics but there is a decent amount of new material from her early life on Alderaan, which made this worthwhile for me. Overall, it does a decent job weaving together her adventures from the movies with the other stories. Aside from the movies, the emphasis appears to be on the Leia comic and the middle grade book, Moving Target. There's only a small mention pulled from Bloo Nice compilation of Leia stories aimed at young readers. This is mostly a synopsis of events from other published books and comics but there is a decent amount of new material from her early life on Alderaan, which made this worthwhile for me. Overall, it does a decent job weaving together her adventures from the movies with the other stories. Aside from the movies, the emphasis appears to be on the Leia comic and the middle grade book, Moving Target. There's only a small mention pulled from Bloodline, and nothing from the ongoing SW comic that I could see. That Phil Noto cover art is A+.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Caserta

    Resumida biografía de la Princesa Leia Organa, desde su nacimiento hasta los eventos de TFA. Si bien se relatan historias ya conocidas, se agregan datos curiosos y algunos inéditos que realmente me emocionaron. Le subí una estrella solamente por las ilustraciones, que son una maravilla y acompañan muy bien al texto.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Drawing on all the movies, and the new canon books and comics, Glass presents the life of Princess Leia as if it is a biography by a New Republic writer. Perfect for young readers who love Star Wars and aren't quite ready for the heavier books. Drawing on all the movies, and the new canon books and comics, Glass presents the life of Princess Leia as if it is a biography by a New Republic writer. Perfect for young readers who love Star Wars and aren't quite ready for the heavier books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adam Nickson

    Scarlett (aged 6) *** Poppy (aged 4) *****

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Absolutely adore Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia was always my favourite. This is a quick facts run down of the Star Wars timeline with a focus on Leia's adventures and aimed at young readers. Absolutely adore Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia was always my favourite. This is a quick facts run down of the Star Wars timeline with a focus on Leia's adventures and aimed at young readers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    4.5 stars! Excellent "biography" of Leia Organa aimed at young readers, complete with introduction by General Organa herself. 4.5 stars! Excellent "biography" of Leia Organa aimed at young readers, complete with introduction by General Organa herself.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Staveness

    Really liked this book, great for kids of all ages. Put in perspective all the twists and turns. Fun to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    RumBelle

    This was a great biography of Princess Leia. It delved a lot into her early years, not only as a Princess on Alderaan, but also as a Rebel Leader. It covers her story through the end of the Force Awakens, but goes no further. What I wished might have been there was more about the gap between Return of the Jedi and the Force Awakens. The illustrations and character profiles were really interesting additions to this book as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    orangerful

    Written as though it was a real biography, this book doesn't really have any new information about Leia, which was kind of disappointing. The book is a short 125 pages which I guess all that is canon now according to Disney. Though this could be used as a good teaching tool for what a biography should look like since it includes a chronology, timeline and even an index! Written as though it was a real biography, this book doesn't really have any new information about Leia, which was kind of disappointing. The book is a short 125 pages which I guess all that is canon now according to Disney. Though this could be used as a good teaching tool for what a biography should look like since it includes a chronology, timeline and even an index!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mason

    Good for fans of the movies or to introduce readers unfamiliar with the franchise. Doesn't really add much to the Star Wars backstory, though. Quick and easy read. Good for fans of the movies or to introduce readers unfamiliar with the franchise. Doesn't really add much to the Star Wars backstory, though. Quick and easy read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lea Bowski

    Quick easy read. :-)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly Neville

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Delaine Youngblood

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dwayne Paul

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sentinel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

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