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The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farmboy

I was lucky enough to be asked to do a retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope for young readers! (You can start reading it here!) I grew up the daughter of a Star Wars collector and pretty much only wanted to read SW novels, so you can imagine my excitement and terror! To ease some fears: I haven't rewritten the story, just explored the characters more in-depth and played with scenes that are off-camera in the film. My aim was to really expand upon the film script, and, to that end, I was allowed to pull and use material from a variety of official sources, including the radio drama. Enjoy, and may the Force be with you!


The galaxy is at war. Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to finish building the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen—the Death Star. The rebels’ only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy. . . .

Acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken delivers a captivating retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope like you’ve never experienced before. Since the premier of the original film, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker have become iconic, larger-than-life characters. The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy takes a deeper look at these three heroes as they join forces to defeat the evil that threatens their entire galaxy.