The Empire Strikes Back: A Storybook is a Star Wars Legends young-reader adaptation of the original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It was adapted by J. J. Gardner and published by Scholastic Inc. on March 13, 1997.

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It is a dark time for the Rebellion.
Although the Death Star has been destroyed,
Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces
from their hidden base and pursued them across
the galaxy....

Evading the dreaded Imperial starfleet, a group of
freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established
a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth.

The evil Lord Vader, obsessed with finding young
Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the
far reaches of space. Unbeknownst to the Rebel forces, one of
the probes has headed for Hoth.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

The Battle Rages On…

Led by young Luke Skywalker, the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Empire's most lethal weapon, the Death Star. Now the Empire strikes back, attacking the Rebels on the ice planet Hoth. Luke, Han Solo, and Princess Leia barely escape. Luke's teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi, summons him to the Dagobah system, where Luke meets the wise Jedi Master Yoda. Yoda attempts to teach Luke the ways of the Force. Meanwhile, Han and Leia fall into a deadly trap set by their archenemy, Darth Vader.

Can Luke save his friends in time—and prevent Darth Vader from conquering the galaxy? The Force is strong…but its dark side may be even stronger.

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Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
Full adaptations
Novel · Junior novelization (Updated Edition) · So You Want to Be a Jedi? · A Storybook · Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure · Golden Book · Illustrated Screenplay · Mighty Chronicles · A Pop-Up Book · Classic Star Wars · Read-Along · Shakespeare · Step-Up Movie Adventures · Script fascimile · Storybook · Golden Book · The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight · Star Wars in Pictures: The Original Trilogy · The Original Trilogy Stories · Star Wars Treasury: The Original Trilogy · The Power of the Dark Side · Studio Fun
Partial adaptations:
The Hoth Adventure · I Want to Be a Jedi · Meltdown on Hoth · Use the Force! · AT-AT Attack! · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories · 5-Minute Star Wars Stories Strike Back · The Chewbacca Story · A Leader Named Leia · From a Certain Point of View
Legends Comics:
Marvel: 39 · 40 · 41 · 42 · 43 · 44 · Marvel Illustrated Version
Marvel Special Edition 2 · Marvel Super Special 16 · Annual 1980
Classic: 1 · 2 · (TPB) · The Special Edition
Infinities: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · (TPB) · Manga: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · PhotoComic
Canon Comics:
Cinestory · Graphic Novel Adaptation · The Original Trilogy – A Graphic Novel · Screen Comix
Video games
Arcade game · 1982 video game · 1991 video game
Mobile · Super
Activity books
Book-and-record · Classic Star Wars book-and-tape · Read-Along Storybook and CD · 1980 Coloring Book · 1982 Coloring Book · Mix or Match Storybook · Ultimate Sticker Book · Activity Book
Behind the scenes
Annotated Screenplays · The Art of · The Making of · Notebook
A Journal of the Making of
· Portfolio · Sketchbook · Behind the Magic · Official Collector's Edition · Empire Building: The Remarkable Real Life Story of Star Wars · Chronicles · Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
Guide and reference books
The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook · Trilogy Sourcebook, Special Edition · Who's Who
The Visual Dictionary (Complete · (Updated Edition)) · Incredible Cross-Sections (Complete
The Complete Saga · Star Wars in 100 Scenes· Complete Vehicles) · 20th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine
100 Defining Moments · The Best of · Galaxy Guide 3 (Second Edition) · Super Official Game Secrets
Other material and merchandise
Funfax · Official Collectors Edition · Panorama Book · Radio drama (NPR Dramatization)
Soundtrack · LEGO · Toy line · Trading card game · Widevision · Illustrated · Who's Who
Customizable Card Game: Hoth Revised Unlimited · Hoth Limited · Dagobah Limited
Cloud City Limited · Special Edition Limited · Dagobah Revised Unlimited · Enhanced Cloud City · Introductory Game

Official Poster Monthly: 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
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