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  News Archives: May 2018

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during May 2018:
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 31st May
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[] Coming soon: Star Wars - Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe

As announced on StarWars.com, Chronicle Books will publish Star Wars - Women of the Galaxy, a unique celebration of the galaxy's female characters. Compiled by Amy Ratcliffe it will profile 75 fascinating characters from across the films, books, comics, animation, and games; telling their stories and revealing insights into their characters:

The women of the Star Wars universe are a diverse galaxy of heroes and villains, renegades and rogues, caretakers and, sometimes, unscrupulous scum.

Now StarWars.com is thrilled to exclusively announce a new book from Chronicle Books that celebrates this eclectic mix of female characters from the films, cartoons, novels, comics, and video games — Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Star Wars fan and journalist Amy Ratcliffe, in hardcover.

Featuring Leia Organa, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, Maz Kanata, and many more — including characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Resistance — the book gathers 75 profiles with text by Ratcliffe and all-new, incredible artwork from 18 talented female and non-binary artists. The amazing lineup of illustrators includes Alice X. Zhang, Amy Beth Christenson, Annie Stoll, Annie Wu, Christina Chung, Cryssy Cheung, Eli Baum, Elsa Charretier, Geneva B., Jen Aberin Johnson, Jen Bartel, Jenny Parks, Karen Hallion, Little Corvus, Sara Alfageeh, Sara Kipin, Sarah Wilkinson, and Viviane Tanner.

“Chronicle Books has put together an all-star line-up of amazingly talented and diverse artists to bring some of the most important, iconic, and, at times, lesser-known characters from the entire Star Wars saga to life as we’ve never seen them before,” says Michael Siglain, creative director of Lucasfilm Publishing. “Everyone involved, from Chronicle to Lucasfilm, is extremely proud of this title, and of its extremely talented creative team. Amy Ratcliff’s insightful commentary combined with the beautiful, haunting, truly awe-inspiring art makes Women of the Galaxy a must-have for fans of the saga and for art collectors everywhere.”

Star Wars - Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe is scheduled for release on 6th November in hardback in the US from Chronicle Books .

 
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Wednesday 30th May
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[] Lando - Double or Nothing #1 (Part 1 of 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Rodney Barnes, Paolo Villanelli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 1 year into Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Before his days in the Rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, even before he lost the Millennium Falcon, comes this tale of Lando's adventures and misadventures in search of love and money...

 
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Tuesday 29th May
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[] Canto Bight
Trade Paperback Novel by S. Ahmed, R. Carson, M. Grant, J. J. Miller
Del Rey ( US ); Arrow ( [UK] )

These stories occur approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
In Canto Bight, one is free to revel in excess, untouched from the problems of a galaxy once again descending into chaos and war. Dreams can become reality, but the stakes have never been higher—for there is a darkness obscured by all the glamour and luxury.
Welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

 
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Friday 25th May
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[] Penguin Random House announce Solo novelisation

Penguin Random House announced today that they will publish a novelisation of Solo: A Star Wars Story in September and it will be written by Mur Lafferty:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy in this thrilling novelization of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, a young Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty is scheduled for release on 4th September in the US and on the 6th in the UK.

 
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Friday 25th May
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[] Most Wanted
Hardback YA Novel by Rae Carson
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( US )

This story occurs prior to Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Han Solo and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss.

 
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[] The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Hardback Reference Book by Phil Szostak
Abrams ( [US] & [UK] )

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans.

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – The Official Guide
Hardback Reference Book by Pablo Hidalgo, Richard Chasemore
DK Publishing ( [US] & [UK] )

This essential visual guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story explores the world of young Han Solo in unparalleled detail. An authoritative companion to the movie, it features the fascinating planets, vehicles, and aliens that Han Solo encounters on his early adventures.

 
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[] The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens
Children's Reference Book by Mark Salisbury
Abrams ( [US] & [UK] )

The first in an immersive line of behind-the-scenes books for kids, Star Wars Moviemaking Magic: Creatures and Aliens uses the strange, creepy, and iconic creatures and aliens of the entire saga as a lens through which younger readers will enjoy a visual and interactive tour of the history of moviemaking and special effects.

 
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[] The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear
Children's Reading Book by Tom Angleberger
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

When Chewbacca the Wookiee finds out that a job he thought was just ferrying tooka cats is actually much more, he’s excited to have something to do! But when he, a young bounty hunter/librarian, and a droll cargo droid–who, unbeknownst to the others is rebel spy droid K-2SO–land in the middle of a blue forest that emits a fear-causing mist, Chewie realizes the job may be too dangerous for his liking. He and his companions will have to fight off snarlers, sniffers, and their own fears as they try to recover a sacred book–and rescue Han Solo in the process!

 
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[] Han on the Run (DK Readers Level 2)
Children's Reading Book by Beth Davies
DK Publishing ( [US] )

Young readers will love this Han Solo book, packed with characters and adventures from the new Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Discover the new heroes, villains, aliens, droids, and vehicles from the movie, plus fan-favorites Han, Chewie, Lando, and the Millennium Falcon. Improve your reading skills while learning about the world of young Han Solo.

 
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[] Meet the Crew (World of Reading Level 2)
Children's Reading Book by Ella Patrick, Luigi Aime, Diogo Saido
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Meet Han, Chewie, Lando, Qi’ra and the rest of the crew from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Aimed at very young readers, this one delves into the characters who populate the film, from the heroes to the sidekicks.

 
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[] Train Heist
Children's Reading Book by Ella Patrick, Luigi Aime, Diogo Saido
Disney-Lucasfilm Press ( [US] )

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee must team-up for a daring train heist on the planet Vandor!

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – Ultimate Sticker Collection
Children's Activity Book
DK Publishing ( [US] & [UK] )

This fun Han Solo sticker book contains more than 1000 colorful stickers, and is full of Star Wars facts from the new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Kids will love joining young Han aboard the Millennium Falcon for many thrilling adventures.

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – Look & Find
Children's Activity Book
Phoenix International ( [US] )

You don’t even have to be old enough to read to enjoy this one. It’s all about locating characters and objects hidden within the elaborate drawings.

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – Sound Book
Children's Activity Book
Phoenix International ( [US] )

Press the buttons for sound effects that accompany the simple story. There’s a TIE Fighter, an explosion, an Imperial sprocket, the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca and … that strange 7-like symbol? That’s like the dollar sign for galactic credits.

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – Activity Book
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Stickers, coloring, puzzles — everything a young Wookiee needs to stay busy on a rainy Corellian afternoon.

 
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[] Solo: A Star Wars Story – Colouring Book
Children's Activity Book
Egmont ( [UK] )

Meet the new heroes, villains, droids, and creatures in this colouring book based on the new film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

 
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Wednesday 23rd May
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[] The Last Jedi #2 (Part 2 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Gary Whitta, Michael Walsh et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance is outnumbered…Luke Skywalker has finally been found…and the Rebels fight against a growing evil. The First Order will stop at nothing to conquer the galaxy, and it’s up to our heroes to defend it!

Continuing a six-issue adaptation of Rian Johnson's film, includes never-before-revealed scenes.

 
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[] Star Wars #48: Mutiny at Mon Cala (Part 5)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebellion’s fight to liberate Mon Cala continues! While Han, Luke and Leia undertake a perilous and nigh-impossible rescue, Threepio must keep up his vital mission…of hobnobbing at the opera?

 
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[] Star Wars Annual #4
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Cullen Bunn, Marc Laming et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Strap in, racing fans — we’re going podracing! Bring your betting money, because this is going to be a high-stakes race, with rebel Luke Skywalker, smuggler Sana Starros and even a certain Dark Lord in attendance! PLACE YOUR BETS!

 
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[] Doctor Aphra #20: The Catastrophe Con (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Aphra is behind bars. Again. But this time, she finds herself in Imperial custody, strapped to an explosive transmitter synced to a single hub-droid. Take one step too far? KABLOOEY! Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue to sit still for Aphra – but what happens when her Imperial captors send her hub-droid to the middle of a war zone?
And, uh, what’s this rumor about the prison being haunted?

 
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[] Epic Collection: The Empire Volume 4 (Star Wars Legends)
Paperback Graphic Novel by Tim Seidell, Jim Woodring, John Wagner  et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur between 17 and 3 years before The Battle of Yavin:
Bring on the bad guys! A former trooper, left for dead during the Clone Wars, hears word of a new, great warrior worthy of following – Darth Vader! But can he prove himself to the Dark Lord as a stormtrooper? Jabba the Hutt steals the spotlight in four stories of bartering, backstabbing and betrayal! And when Vader hires Boba Fett for an important job, will the bounty hunter end up an enemy of the Empire?

Collects stories originally published by Dark Horse Comics : Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows, Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal, Enemy of the Empire plus more!

 
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Wednesday 16th May
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[] A look inside Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary (New Edition)

Amazon.de have updated their listings page for DK's upcoming Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary (New Edition) with some excerpts. Penned by Pablo Hidalgo with art by David West Reynolds this title will be available from early September...full story

 
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Wednesday 16th May
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[] Poe Dameron #27: The Awakening (Part 2)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Poe Dameron managed to escape the First Order – but only just! Meanwhile, the rest of Black Squadron is on their most daring mission yet.

Follow Poe Dameron’s adventures during unseen events of The Force Awakens.

 
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[] Poe Dameron: Volume 4: Legend Found
Paperback Graphic Novel by Charles Soule, Angel Unzueta et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The galaxy's greatest pilot flies on! General Leia Organa gave Poe Dameron an important task: locate the mysterious Lor San Tekka. And our hero may be closer than he thinks...but can he get the job done in time? Then, Black Squadron faces their next assignment. Is it mission impossible? Not for Poe's crew...and that means it's prison break time! Plus, Poe Dameron has never been one to follow the rules. So when he disobeys a direct order from General Organa and gets stranded in First Order space - with no ship and little oxygen - how will he survive?

Collates Poe Dameron #20 - #25 & Annual #1.

 
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Wednesday 9th May
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[] The Last Jedi #1 (Part 1 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Gary Whitta, Michael Walsh et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs 34 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance is outnumbered…Luke Skywalker has finally been found…and the Rebels fight against a growing evil. The First Order will stop at nothing to conquer the galaxy, and it’s up to our heroes to defend it!

Beginning a six-issue adaptation of Rian Johnson's film, includes never-before-revealed scenes.

 
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[] Darth Vader #16: Burning Seas (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs 18 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Vader and his Inquisitors lead an elite squad of clone troopers to flush out the Jedi traitor beneath the waters of Mon Cala…and the oceans will burn with their fury.

 
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[] Thrawn #4 (Part 4 of 6)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Jody Houser, Luke Ross et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story begins approximately 12 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
Thrawn’s rise in the Imperial Empire continues at a trajectory one can only dream of. Meanwhile, Eli Vanto is still stuck in the same position as when he graduated – Thrawn’s aide. But will Thrawn’s obsession and pursuit of the mysterious crimelord “Nightswan” lead both Imperials to success in the Emperor’s eyes? Help comes from mysterious places in the Empire...more

Continuing a six-issue adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s 2017 novel of the same name which includes never-before-revealed scenes featuring the infamous master strategist.

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures #10
Comic Book by Cavan Scott, Derek Charm, Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The second of the three-part young Solo storyline by writer Cavan Scott. The heroes are targeted by bounty hunters familiar to fans of The Empire Strikes Back — Zuckuss and 4-LOM.

Plus an exciting new Tales from Wild Space!

 
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Tuesday 8th May
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[] Flight of the Falcon - a new series for young readers debuts later this year
As announced on Star Wars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] ,Flight of the Falcon is a new series for young readers beginning later this year from Lucasfilm Publishing:

TAKE A RIDE ON THE MILLENNIUM FALCON IN A NEW SERIES THAT CONNECTS ALL STAR WARS ERAS FOR NEW ADVENTURES WITH LANDO, HAN, HONDO AND MORE!

She may not look like much, but the Millennium Falcon has got it where it counts. And this fall, StarWars.com can exclusively announce that kids of all ages will get the chance to climb aboard and make the jump to hyperspace with a new series of stories, “Flight of the Falcon,” from Lucasfilm Publishing...
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 8th May
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[] Lost Stars: Volume 1
Paperback Graphic Novel by Claudia Gray, Yusaku Komiyama et al.
Yen Press ( US )

This story begins approximately 11 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion, putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them and the galaxy apart?

This is an English language print version of the 2017 online Japanese manga adaptation of the 2015 YA novel by Claudia Gray.

 
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Saturday 5th May
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[] Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day Issue
Children's Comic Book by Cavan Scott, Derek Charm, Tom B. Long et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

The first of the three-part young Solo storyline, Hunter vs. Hunted, by writer Cavan Scott will be released as part of Free Comic Book Day. The heroes are targeted by bounty hunters familiar to fans of The Empire Strikes Back — Zuckuss and 4-LOM.

This story will be continued in Star Wars Adventures #10 and #11 and collected in graphic novella Star Wars Adventures Volume 4: Smuggler's Blues (October 2018).

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 3rd May
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[] Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Trade Paperback Novel by various
Arrow ( UK )

These stories occur prior to, during & after Episode IV: A New Hope:
Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.
On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars...more

 
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Wednesday 2nd May
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[] Star Wars #47: Mutiny at Mon Cala (Part 4)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

This story occurs between six and twelve months after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Rebellion’s fight to liberate Mon Cala continues! While Han, Luke and Leia undertake a perilous and nigh-impossible rescue, Threepio must keep up his vital mission…of hobnobbing at the opera?

 
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[] Han Solo
Hardback Graphic Novel by Marjorie M. Liu, Jason Aaron, Mark Brooks et al.
Marvel ( [US] & [UK] )

These stories occur between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back:
Han Solo is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion: rescuing several informants and spies! His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy, the Dragon Void! A tournament he has dreamt of winning his entire life. With a chance of glory, can Han keep his mind on the mission? Or is failing Leia worse than losing? If that wasn't enough, there's also the small matter of finding a traitor within the Rebellion. As the Dragon Void heats up, can a certain Wookiee pal lend a hand in the mole hunt? Place your bets for the ultimate space race! Our money's on Han and the Millennium Falcon - after all, it's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!
Plus, a face from Han's past returns...right when he and Leia don't expect it! Who is Sana, and what's her relationship to Mr. Solo?

Collects Han Solo and Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 1st May
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[] Rose Tico: Resistance Fighter
Children's Book by Jason Fry
Studio Fun International ( US )

Follow the next adventure in the Star Wars saga in this first person narrative.
This book for tweens will feature a first-person account from one of the main characters of the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Format includes foldouts.

 
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