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May the fourth be with you.

Some of our favorite YA authors don’t only build their own incredible worlds, but they contribute to the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

Whether they’re writing a retelling of the original Star Wars film, ‘A New Hope’, or an upcoming anthology filled with forty Star Wars stories, the force is strong with these authors!

Alexandra Bracken

Acclaimed YA author (and Star Wars fan) Alexandra Bracken wrote Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy which was released in the months leading up to the 2015 film, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Bracken is best known for writing The Darkest Minds series as well as the 2016 novel Passenger.

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.

Claudia Gray

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray captured Star Wars fans’ hearts in 2015 with her bestselling novel Star Wars: Lost Stars. Like Bracken’s novel, Lost Stars prepared fans for the release of ‘Force Awakens’. Gray published another Star Wars novel in 2016, Bloodline, detailing Leia Organa’s life in the years leading up to ‘Force Awakens’.

This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends–Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell–who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?

Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.

WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .

Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Sabaa Tahir and more!

A number of YA authors are teaming up for the upcoming Star Wars anthology, From a Certain Point of View. Contributors include big names in YAlit, like Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn), Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) and Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes). Other YA authors contributing to the anthology are Claudia Gray, Daniel José Older and Nnedi Okorafor — among many others! The book is scheduled to hit shelves October 2017.

Forty years. Forty stories.

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this collection features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars literary history. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty “scenes,” each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: Every scene is told from the point of view of a background character. Whether it’s the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star or the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective, and celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.

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Saul Marquez

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Saul is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University studying news media, writing and rhetoric, and French. He is the founder of Bookstacked and a regular host on the podcast Bookmarked. He loves books and Harry Potter way too much.