The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

OrigamiYodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Published: 3-1-2010 by Amulet Books
Get the book: Amazon

Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day. 

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.

Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It’s crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda’s advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.

This is Tommy’s case file of his investigation into “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.”

Major Crush

This is a middle-grade book. I don’t usually read or review middle-grade books, but I couldn’t resist the combination of Star Wars and origami. Just look at that adorable Yoda! I’m making an exception for this series of books because I really enjoyed this one. 

Major Crush

  • references to Star Wars – Obviously, this book is based on the awesomeness that is Star Wars. There are a ton of really clever and subtle Star Wars references throughout this book that made me laugh because they were so appropriate for the situation. 
  • Dwight + Yoda – Dwight is the weird kid, the one nobody understands. We only get to know him through the other kids’ stories, and they only really talk to him when they want Yoda’s advice. I think this is pretty accurate 6th grade behavior. Dwight is hilarious!
  • POV’s – All of the kids’ stories were written in a fresh voice. Each one had a clear personality and they were easy to tell apart. It’s been a long time since I was in 6th grade, but I was impressed with how realistic and universal the situations in the book are.
 Major Crush
  • Then he goes over to the next table, and the next, and pretty soon he has told everybody in the library to learn the Twist. Then he left the library, apparently to spread Yoda’s “wisdom” to the rest of the school.         – pg. 35   Sarah
  • As far as I can see, all this story proves is that Dwight is crazy as a bald gorilla. I was there when he was doing that covering-his-mouth thing, and it was totally embarrassing. Why does he have to sit at our table? Why wouldn’t they let me kick him out?       – pg. 73-74   Harvey
 Major Crush
4 robots
A cute and entertaining take on life in middle school – plus a Jedi master. The book includes instructions to make your own Origami Yoda!
Acquired: swapped for

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