Star Wars Reads Day Report

[Tricia’s note: One of my goals for FANgirl Blog has always been to give more fangirls a chance to have their voices heard. So when I found out that Linda’s daughter not only was going to their local Star Wars Reads Day at the bookstore, but also having a Star Wars Reads event at her school, I made sure to offer her a chance to write up her experiences for the blog. Here’s her report. Thanks, Skylar!]

Guest post by Skylar

“As you know, class, I won’t be here on Friday,” my teacher said. I tried hard not to groan. What about our Star Wars Reads Day party? I was so looking forward to it! Miss H looked at me and smiled. “So, instead of a party on Friday, we will have it next Friday. In fact, this month is Star Wars Reads Month!” I grinned. This was going to be awesome!

The next morning, I swung off Snuggles, the horse I ride. As part of FANgirlblog culture, Tricia, my mom, and I all ride horses. “Ready?” Mom called. I nodded, gave Snuggles a carrot, and bounded off to the car.

Soon, we were off the freeway and parked in the Barnes & Noble parking lot. I sprinted up the escalator and was instantly thrilled by what I saw. Stormtroopers, scout troopers, and even a Jedi roamed about. I helped myself to Yoda shaped cookies and settled down at the craft table. After endlessly trying and trying to make an origami Boba Fett, I heard someone shouting, “Last chance for raffle! Win these!” He held up a vintage collection of bookmarks and waved them around. “Cool!” I whispered as I filled out my name and threw it in the bucket. The Jedi came forward. Oddly, he looked familiar. He picked up a piece and announced, “Chris? Chris?” A man stepped forward and smiled. Oh well, I thought. I guess he was the Chosen One.

The Jedi turned around and headed back to an X-wing pilot who was talking with my mom. I ran forward and introduced myself. “So you guys were also at the Phantom Menace 3D party?” Mom asked. They nodded. “We were also at Celebration IV!” the X-wing pilot said.

“No wonder you look familiar!” I exclaimed. I remembered them from the Phantom Menace party.

My dad appeared. “Have you seen the cool books?” he asked. I shook my head no. Quickly, I followed him to the book area. I have some Star Wars books, but there were a lot I didn’t know. Next thing I knew, I was walking out of Barnes & Noble carrying a ginormous pop-up book, a Jedi Knight book, and a lightsaber flashlight. Yippee! I couldn’t wait until next Friday for more Star Wars at school!

I walked in the classroom, secretly munching on a chocolate bar from recess. “Bam bam baba ba bam,” the Smartboard played. My jaw dropped open. The Star Wars theme song! I looked at my desk. A collectible poster of Yoda and two Scoundrels bookmarks from Erich at Del Rey sat there. After recess announcements, I could barely stop smiling.

“Who knows Star Wars?” Miss H asked. My hand shot up, as tall as a spear. She quickly passed out Star Wars worksheets. “This is your reading assignment today. First…” she went on about the instructions. After reading and highlighting the worksheet, Miss H asked the class some questions.

“Who are your favorite characters?” Boba Fett, Ewoks, and Captain Rex were popular. I found this surprising, because I thought that maybe Luke, Darth Vader, and R2-D2 would be top hits. My favorite characters are a lot of the strong girls – Ahsoka, Padmé, and Leia. I was tempted to say Mara Jade, but I was pretty sure no one was as hip as I am about Star Wars characters.

Miss H also asked about favorite movie episodes. I had to think about that for a second. Mine is Episode VI, probably. I mean, who doesn’t want to see an Ewok in real life? All too soon, Star Wars Reads Day was over.

Noooooooooo!

Even though I was sad that Star Wars Reads Day is over, I am looking forward Star Wars Reads Month!

Linda

Linda has been a Star Wars fan from the time she saw Episode IV in the theatre with her parents and insisted on being Han Solo while playing with the neighborhood kids. She’s now a fangirl who splits her time learning to twirl a bo staff like Ray Park, jumping horses, writing fanfic she dreams up on her commute to work, and spending time with her husband and their own feisty Padawan version of Ahsoka.
Linda

Linda

Linda has been a Star Wars fan from the time she saw Episode IV in the theatre with her parents and insisted on being Han Solo while playing with the neighborhood kids. She’s now a fangirl who splits her time learning to twirl a bo staff like Ray Park, jumping horses, writing fanfic she dreams up on her commute to work, and spending time with her husband and their own feisty Padawan version of Ahsoka.