The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton
Twelve-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi has been studying hard to become a Jedi, but his thirteenth birthday is coming up fast, and if he is not chosen as a Padawan before then, he will have to go into agriculture. As no Jedi seeking apprentices are scheduled to come soon, Obi-Wan is desperate to become the Jedi he dreams of being.
Word comes that the great Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn will be coming to the temple, and Obi-Wan's hopes are raised, but Qui-Gon has not chosen a Padawan in many years. Can Obi-Wan show the Jedi that he is the right Padawan for him before it is too late?
**Book 1 in Jedi Apprentice**
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