Space pirates cause mayhem in exclusive excerpt from ‘Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage’

Earlier this year, Lucasfilm and Disney announced a bold new era of “Star Wars” tales called “The High Republic.” This special publishing initiative encompasses adult, middle-grade and young adult prose fiction, including new comic books, and presents an interconnected web of stories set 200 years before the events of “The Phantom Menace” when Jedi Knights policed the galaxy.

Bestselling author Justina Ireland’s “Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage” (Disney-Lucasfilm Press) is one of the first books off the project’s launch pad and arrives on Jan. 5, 2021 — and we’re lighting the fuse on a sneak peek inside.

Ireland is quite at home in the “Star Wars” universe, having written “Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance,” and now she lends her storytelling talents to a thrilling, 240-page middle-grade adventure, as teen Jedi named Vernestra Rwoh escorts an ambassador’s son, a young padawan, and a tech whiz kid

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