The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Dwight is the weird kid in his sixth grade. When he comes to school with an origami Yoda finger puppet, which seems to have wisdom and the ability to see the future , things get really strange. Tommy wonders how Dwight can be so clueless when Yoda is so wise, so he decides, with the help of his puzzled classmates, to assemble a case file to determine whether Origami Yoda is real.

I loved this book. It does a great job of capturing the angst of middle school life, especially when it comes to relations between the sexes. Angleberger does a great job of making the voices of all of the characters authentic. He also clearly shows how a so-called weird kid, who marches to his own music, can really make a difference. Highly recommended for any middle school kid who likes funny books, especially if they’re into Star Wars (or origami). I’m going to try to get my soon-too-be seventh grade daughter to read it next.


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