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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a junior novelization of the feature film of the same name film. The book was written by James Luceno and published on June 1, 2008.

Publisher's summary[]

This exciting, fast-paced retelling adapts all the action straight from the movie. Readers can relive the page-turning experience over and over again with an insert of full-color photos!

Plot summary[]

Differences from the film[]

  • Indiana Jones responds to Antonin Dovchenko asking him if he recognizes Hangar 51 by saying "get lost" rather than "drop dead".
  • When climbing into the refrigerator in the Doom Town, Jones is said to have his leather jacket on which blocks the fridge door from shutting, while in the film Indy wasn't wearing his jacket and the fridge was blocked by fake fruits.
  • The fleeing Russian soldiers Lincoln, Franklin, and Hoover do not see the fridge flying over the car during Doom Town's explosion.
  • The motorcycle and sedan chase at one point goes into a football field during a game, however such events never happen in the film. This scene also occurs in the comic adaptation.
  • When Indy stares at the skull, his eyes drip blood and as do Irina Spalko's at Akator.
  • Some notable lines from the film are changed entirely, and some profanity is edited out.



Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Novel · Junior novel · The Movie Storybook · The Official Magazine · Scholastic Readers · Interactive Play-a-Sound
Partial adaptations
Meet Indy · Meet Mutt · Race for Akator
Indy's Adventures · Traps and Snares · Great Escapes · The Search For Buried Treasure
Soundtrack (The Soundtracks Collection) · An Unabridged Production
Comic · 1 · 2 · TPB · Indiana Jones Comic · Escape from the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!
Mobile game · Didj · LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues · Trading cards · Akator Temple Race Game
Activity books
Ready for Action! · A New Adventure! · Activity Book With Stickers
Activity Book · Activity Annual · Winter Activity Annual
Sticker Collection · Annual 2009 · Annual 2010 · The Greatest Adventures of Indiana Jones
Behind the scenes
The Return of a Legend · Pre-Production · Production Diary (abridged cut) · Warrior Makeup · The Crystal Skulls · Iconic Props · The Effects of Indy · Adventures in Post Production · Closing: Team Indy
The Complete Making of Indiana Jones · A Photographic Journal
Script development
Indiana Jones and the Saucermen from Mars · Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods
Home video
DVD (Complete Adventure Collection) · Blu-ray (The Complete Adventures) · 4K (4-Movie Collection)
Other material and merchandise
Toy line · Collector's Guide · Piano Accompaniment