The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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Not so long ago, in a middle school not so far away, a sixth grader named Dwight folded an origami finger puppet of Yoda. For class oddball Dwight, this wasn't weird. It was typical Dwight behavior. But what is weird is that Origami Yoda is uncannily wise and prescient. He can predict the date of a pop quiz, guess who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and save a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight's classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, hailed by School Library Journal as "honest, funny, and immensely entertaining."
 

About Tom Angleberger

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Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, which won the 2010 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for middle readers, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and Horton Halfpott, which Kirkus dubbed "a romp from start to finish." He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Amulet Books. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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The stories are presented in a different typeface from Harvey’s comments and Tommy’s, and the whole is designed to look like a battered journal, crinkled paper and all. A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both.

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The stories are presented in a different typeface from Harvey’s comments and Tommy’s, and the whole is designed to look like a battered journal, crinkled paper and all. A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both.

Nov 30 2010 | Read Full Review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

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Mr. Angleberger's goofy entertainment is exactly calibrated to delight that cohort of boys who are old enough to notice girls but not quite brave enough yet to, you know, really talk to them. Origami Yoda offers counsel on that front as well.

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Story Snoops

This is a quirky, fun read that has a hefty dose of Star Wars references, a similar look to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and a smidge of Captain Underpants humor thrown in. All told, it will appeal to young readers, particularly boys...

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The Roanoke Times

Books by local author and Roanoke Times columnist Tom Angleberger have always been favorites of mine — ever since his first book, “The Qwikpick Adventure Society.” The “Origami Yoda” cover looked awesome — but what I got was even better.

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https://www.commonsensemedia.org

In this outing, a member of the group named Dwight creates an origami finger puppet of the Stars Wars character Yoda and convinces at least some of his schoolmates that it's like an oracle who can can impart wisdom and predict the future.

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The Daily Fig

Each story does an excellent job of telling us about its main character, reminding us that being a kid isn’t all sunshine and roses, and advancing the primary narrative, all without bogging down the story or going off on tangents...

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

In all, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is the prefect, fast paced read for any tween boy you know out there.

Sep 25 2010 | Read Full Review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Reading Rumpus

It's filled with humor, great characters, a unique plot and the occasional glimpse of the force at work. Read it, you must."

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Pink Me

The printed edition of this book has kidlike doodles and a crumpled-page background graphic, but I don't think the audio edition suffers without those things. One of the things I like best about the book is that the "Strange Case" is never resolved - the reader is left to decide...

Dec 23 2010 | Read Full Review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

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