Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Gr. 3-6 This is about the cutest book I have read this year. Dwight is one of the strangest boys at Tommy's junior high. He picks his nose, says and does completely random things, and everyone thinks he is a loser. One day he creates a figure of the Star Wars character, Yoda out of paper. When people ask the Yoda questions, they get amazingly insightful answers. Could the Origami Yoda be channeling the Force? Lots of kids at Tommy's school think so, and Tommy is determined to find out if it is really true.

This is one of the cutest books that has come out this year. It is full of junior high anecdotes and personalities that are as funny as they are familiar. Behind the fun, though, are some interesting questions. Angleberger is really good at suggesting ideas to think about, without being heavy handed about it. This would be a great book for a young book club either or both genders. (160 pages)

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