Three Interstellar Novels for Teens Watching 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+ | 2020 All-Star Read-Alikes

Books to accompany the show set in the Star Wars universe about a bounty hunter who roams the galaxies with a fuzzy green infant in tow.


The Mandalorian

Disney+. TV-14.

Star Wars fans rejoiced at the 2019 release of this show, which follows the adventures of a Mandalorian bounty hunter as he travels the galaxy searching for the home planet of a green infant creature with big ears and special powers. Season 2 is airing now on Disney+.


Aurora Rising. Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Aurora Cycle #1. Knopf. 2019.
Gr 9 Up—A diverse group of teens (including a couple of non-humans) rescue biracial (Chinese/white) Aurora, who has been frozen for over 200 years, and find themselves in the middle of an interstellar war. Readers drawn to high-stakes science fiction with excellent world building and snarky humor will enjoy this series starter.

Avalon. Mindee Arnett. Harper. 2014.
Gr 9 Up—White teen Jeth and a ragtag crew of orphan mercenaries employed by a crime lord on the spaceship Avalon get caught up in a mission with far-reaching consequences in this thrilling space western. A rip-roaring ride for readers who love The Mandalorian’s nonstop action and adventure.

Saga. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. Image Comics. 2012.
Gr 10 Up—Alana and Marko, former soldiers from opposite sides of a massive, intergalactic war, want to raise their daughter in peace, but the universe has other plans. This sweeping graphic novel series features immersive world building that introduces a huge array of alien cultures. The witty, well-crafted dialog will appeal to Mandalorian fans. Be aware that sexual content and adult language make this series best for mature teens.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the Floyd County (IN) Library.


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