Star Wars has received two novelisations, one by Alan Dean Foster (generally described as the "official novelisation" and a second "Junior" novelisation by Michael Kogge which was released several days after the film (entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens - A Junior novel).

Was the "Junior" novel based on the screenplay, the film or the official novelisation?

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  • So what will be in the junior version? It's already pg-13 movie. We talking Ewoks??
    – Daft
    Jan 5, 2016 at 16:53
  • @Daft - The junior version is actually pretty similar to the adult novelisation, just with slightly simpler language. - Adult Version: Below, Han had finished setting a charge and was preparing to climb a bit higher to place one more when a sound made him hesitate. The working structure was full of unidentifiable sounds, but this was different. Taking no chances, he slipped behind a wide vertical support. Either the sound would not be repeated, or… A glance around the edge of his cover revealed its source, and his countenance underwent a grave shift."
    – Valorum
    Jan 5, 2016 at 16:57
  • Junior version "Han stuck the explosive charges around the base of the pillar and programmed each to detonate by remote activation. About to plant his final charge, he heard a clank. Han ducked behind a support beam and waited before he chanced a look. His son peered down from a catwalk."
    – Valorum
    Jan 5, 2016 at 16:58
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    It's still enriching the site with information, some people -.-
    – John Bell
    Jan 6, 2016 at 10:41
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    @johnbell - Given that I'd actually spoken (well, twittered) the author, a self-answered question seemed the ideal way to share this completely new knowledge.
    – Valorum
    Jan 6, 2016 at 11:49

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I took the liberty of asking my good friend Michael Kogge this question. He was kind enough to provide me with a response:

Q: Wondering if your Star Wars Junior novel was based on the ADF novelization or your own reading of the Kasdan script?

Kogge: [I] used both as resources!

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