Canon
Junior Reader

The High Republic: A Test of Courage

By
Justina Ireland
Released
Jan 5, 2021
Artwork by
Narrated by
Takes place in
232 BBY
In the
High Republic
era
Collects
Part of the first wave of High Republic titles, Justina Ireland delivers the middle-grade title, A Test of Courage. Surprisingly young prodigy Jedi Knight Vesnestra Rwoh is charged with the protection of Avon Starros, an adventure-seeking Senator’s daughter, on their way to the dedication of the Starlight Beacon. The Nihil, villains established in Light of the Jedi, infiltrate their transport ship and their sabotage rips the ship apart. . . leading Vernestra and the traumatized crew to take on an evil beyond anything they could have imagined.

Publisher's Summary

The High Republic: A Test of Courage is a canon middle grade novel and part of Phase 1, first wave, of the multimedia project Star Wars: The High Republic.

Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!

Vernestra Rwoh has just become a Jedi Knight at age fifteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising eleven-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.

But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest?

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Heather Goldman - The High Republic: A Test of Courage - Junior Reader
Heather Goldman
Community Department Manager
I don’t normally pick up “children” books but I pre-ordered this one just because I wanted to take in as much content from The High Republic as possible. I was very surprised to find that the quality within the small pages is up to par with that of an adult novel. Really the only reason I can see this being labeled for a younger audience is the fact that the pages are small. I personally couldn’t relate to any of the characters, but I won’t hold that against Justina Ireland because I realize that I’m not exactly this book’s targeted audience. So putting that aside, the story was rather interesting and ended up being a great addition to the lore of the new era and setting up the scene for what’s to come.
Meg Dowell - The High Republic: A Test of Courage - Junior Reader
Meg Dowell
Editor-in-Chief
Don't judge a book by its target audience - the same way REBELS is a show "for kids" that plenty of adults also happen to love, middle-grade books like A TEST OF COURAGE aren't always what they seem. This book is filled with intriguing, dynamic characters that have the potential to entertain children and adults alike. The story may be intended for younger readers, but it's just as enjoyable of a ride as LIGHT OF THE JEDI and other adult canon novels. It brilliantly moves the events of The High Republic forward at a much smaller scale, but its implications are astounding - when you hit that final page, you'll still wish you had at least one more.
Jared Mayes - The High Republic: A Test of Courage - Junior Reader
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
A wonderfully enjoyable middle-grade entry in the High Republic publishing program, A Test of Courage chronicles the misadventure of prodigy 16-year-old Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh alongside the mischievous Senator’s daughter Avon Starros as their lives are turned upside down by a Nihl attack. We see how grief tempts Jedi Padawan Imri to give into his desire for revenge in a totally believable way, lending the book emotional depth. Plus it develops some cool lightsaber lore with Vernestra’s lightwhip and Avon’s desire to experiment on kyber crystals. As an overachiever, I really identified with Vernestra’s character and can’t wait to see how the series develops her and Avon!

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