Boba Fett is a series of young reader books published by Scholastic and written by Terry Bisson (Books 1 and 2) and Elizabeth Hand (Books 3 through 6). The series, illustrated by Peter Bollinger, was about Boba Fett's teenage years, taking place between Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The series explains how Boba begins his career as one of the galaxy's greatest bounty hunters.
After Geonosis, Boba buried his father and tried to escape. All that he had left of his father was his armor and a "book" that Jango left to help instruct him, in the event of his death. Fett attempted to return to Kamino, but it was to no avail once he realized no place was safe for him since his father had died. Aurra Sing gave Fett to Darth Tyranus, who gave Sing Slave I as payment (Boba eventually recovered the ship). He was taken to Raxus Prime to meet with Tyranus. The Sith Lord attempted to detain his young charge, but a Republic attack allowed Fett to escape.
Boba was taken by clone troopers and sent to an orphanage on Bespin. He managed to escape with Sing, who had come searching for the boy, in order to gain access to Jango Fett's rather large bank account on Aargau.
On Aargau, Fett lost 500,000 credits of his father's money due to the betrayal of a Clawdite named Nuri, but received the rest. While on Aargau, Boba managed to elude Aurra Sing after she failed to steal Jango's credits, stealing back Slave I in the process. Jango's "book" told Fett to visit Jabba the Hutt, but Fett had a run-in with the dangerous Separatist Commander Durge. The Gen'Dai's hatred of all Mandalorians caused him to attack the young Fett.
After this encounter, Fett was constantly on the run, managing to secure a minor bounty on an assassin before reaching safety on Tatooine. Once there, young Boba found himself in the custody of Jabba the Hutt himself. One of the reasons Jabba accepted Boba was to repay the favor Jango Fett did him by apparently killing Gardulla the Hutt a decade earlier. While working for Jabba the Hutt, Boba had befriended one of Jabba's cooks, Gab'borah, and his daughter, Ygabba (whom he had rescued earlier, after first arriving on Tatooine). In gratitude, the two had Jango Fett's body armor re-sized to fit the young Boba's frame.
Gilramos Libkath was the first bounty assigned to Boba by Jabba. Jabba, however, had also assigned the bounty to Durge as well. Boba had the advantage over Durge of already knowing where to start looking for Libkath. Libkath was the master of Ygabba and the underfed child thieves that had been responsible for stealing his helmet only a day before. After receiving the assignment Boba, realizing he had been left with no weapons, sought out Gab'borah, the chef that had helped him while on board Jabba's sail barge. The chef gave him a jetpack and directions to leave the Dune Sea. Boba quickly realized as he flew over the Dune Sea that he wouldn't make the trip to Mos Espa with just a jet pack, and quickly stowed away aboard one of Jabba's cargo barges that was heading towards the city. Once he arrived in Mos Espa, he fled, but was pursued by Durge. After some evasive maneuvering, only to find Durge waiting ahead of him, Boba made his escape by using the reflection from Tatooine's twin suns on Durge's armor as a blind spot, where he dipped low into the streets and alleys of Mos Espa. There he located Gilramos' hideout and followed the voice of his prey to a central location of the crashed starship. Boba initiated the looming confrontation with the toss of a brick that struck Libkath in the back of the head, followed by another. Boba then revealed himself, however, he was weaponless. Suddenly, Durge arrived, ready to take both the bounty and Boba. The young bounty hunter skillfully managed to escape using his jetpack, stealing Libkath's hat on his way out, which represented prestige to the Neimoidian and proof to Jabba of the bounty. Durge fired at Boba and one of his stray blaster bolts struck a fuel cell, covering Fett's escape and killing Libkath in the process.
The hunt for Jhordvar had been a short but intense one, leading Boba to the Dune Sea. After the betrayer refused his offer to accompany him back to Jabba's palace Boba decided to kill the Noghri assassin. He was caught in a sandstorm, delaying his return to Jabba. He stayed in Jhordvar's lair, leaving the body out to wither away in the sand, but he took the hands back to Jabba as proof of the contract. Jabba then gave Boba the ring of Jhordvar as part of his payment.
This couldn't have come at a better time, since Jabba was about to give him his first off-world assignment. His first major hunt off-planet was after Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor, who had a base on Xagobah. The planet was under assault by the Grand Army of the Republic, so Fett encountered difficulties sneaking past both attack forces. He managed to get inside the fortress, Mazariyan. However, the arrival of General Grievous foiled his plans, as Fett proved no match for the Kaleesh warrior. Young Fett only survived because he faked his own death by using the xabar fungus, which carries a toxin that causes temporary paralysis. He was taken by two battle droids to be incinerated, but he awoke in time and was able to escape the Mazariyan. Both Wat Tambor and General Grievous escaped.
Boba Fett tried to give pursuit in Slave I, but the ship was damaged in a dogfight with Asajj Ventress. Slave I was actually saved from destruction because of the intervention of a young Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker, who drove off Ventress. After forcing Slave I to land on a nearby moon, Skywalker and Fett met for the first time. Skywalker, knowing that Fett was obviously not a Separatist, assisted Boba in repairing his ship. During this time, Boba repainted his armor, which was identical to Jango Fett's, into the green color scheme that he is most identified with, thus making it his own. Even though Skywalker had helped him repair his ship, he was intent on taking Fett in for violating air space in a Republic controlled military zone. Boba convinced Skywalker, however, that he had information vital to the Republic's survival; information he would only tell the Supreme Chancellor. The information Boba had was knowledge that Count Dooku and Darth Tyranus were one and the same person. He would trade this information in order to get close to the one person he hated the most—the Jedi who had killed his father on Geonosis: Mace Windu.
After being escorted to Coruscant by Governor Tarkin, Boba finally acquired his second and final chance at Mace Windu. Boba followed and waited for the Jedi in the Supreme Chancellor's chambers, of all places. Boba engaged Mace Windu in combat but could not kill the Jedi Master. The two stood, battered and wounded, each ready to deliver a final blow with their weapons. The fight was actually halted by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, before either one could make a move. Boba was surprised to learn that the Chancellor already knew that Dooku was Tyranus. He also knew that Boba would hunt down Mace Windu, once he arrived on Coruscant. "I believe we share a common enemy," the Chancellor told Fett. Palpatine paid Fett for his information and told him never to speak of their conversation again, an agreement that Boba wisely kept. Then the Chancellor sent him on his way.
By the end of the Clone Wars, Boba Fett had reached the age of thirteen—the traditional start of adulthood in Mandalorian culture. Fett was now a fully-fledged bounty hunter.
- Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
- Boba Fett: Crossfire
- Boba Fett: Maze of Deception
- Boba Fett: Hunted
- Boba Fett: A New Threat
- Boba Fett: Pursuit
- Boba Fett: Part I: Survival (Compilation of books 1-3)
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