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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda Series #1)

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda Series #1)

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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


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.”

Editorial Reviews

Barbara Feinberg
…a delightful first novel…Part of what drives the story is the question of Origami Yoda's credibility, but the other is our growing involvement in the friendships and crushes of Tommy and his pals. The most fascinating character is the eccentric and complicated Dwight. If he gives such spot-on advice as Yoda, why can't he listen to it? If he did, he "wouldn't seem so weird all the time," Tommy notes. Seeing how Dwight grows and matures is engaging and believable.
—The New York Times
Kirkus Reviews
Sixth grader Tommy has a dilemma: He doesn't know whether to trust the advice of Origami Yoda, who dispenses wisdom from his perch on the finger of mega-nerd Dwight. Tommy compiles this case file, written by himself and other students who have benefited (or not) from Dwight/Yoda's help, in an attempt to decide. Tommy's friend Harvey, a skeptic, comments on each story, and another friend, Kellen, illustrates. Yoda counsels students on everything from American Idol outcomes to overcoming fear of softball failure to what to do when you get a little water stain on your pants in just the wrong place. Though Tommy's not forthcoming, it's pretty easy to guess what he's uncertain about, but it's never easy to guess the next twist in this kooky charmer of a Cyrano mystery tale. The arch and dry (and sometimes slapstick) humor of Angleberger's first will keep the pages turning. 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. (Origami Yoda instructions) (Fiction. 8-12)
Publishers Weekly
“Is Origami Yoda real?” is the question that plagues sixth-grader Tommy and drives the plot of this snappy debut. From one perspective, Origami Yoda is a finger puppet that offers cryptic but oddly sage advice to Tommy and his classmates. From another, he is simply the “green paperwad” animated by Tommy's misfit friend, Dwight, who “wear[s] shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees” and stares into space “like a hypnotized chicken.” Compiling a series of funny, first-person accounts of Yoda's wisdom from his friends, Tommy hopes to solve this mystery to determine whether to trust Yoda's advice about asking a certain girl to dance. Angleberger peppers his chapters with spot-on boy banter, humorously crude Captain Underpants-style drawings, and wisecrack asides that comically address the social land mines of middle school. Tommy confronts the ethical dilemma of standing up for the weird kid and the angst of school dances: “My hands were shaking and my stomach was excited like the time my dad accidentally drove into a fire hydrant.” But with enigmatic counsel like “Cheetos for everyone you must buy,” Yoda keeps the mystery alive. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
The Wall Street Journal
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.
—Meghan Cox Gurdon
Sacramento Book Review
Angleberger’s book drips with silliness and charm, detailing the rise of a new urban legend, through the lens of those confusing and awkward days gone by. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is quick, it’s enjoyable, and it even includes instructions on how to make your own paper puppet prophet. What more could you want?
—Glenn Dallas
Richmond Parents Monthly
You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to love this book. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is funny and incredibly relatable. There are even instructions on making your own Origami Yoda (magic powers not included).
Catherine McTamaney
A lot of people wish they could predict the future, but for the kids at McQuarrie Middle School, there's help. Granted, the predictions come from an origami finger puppet and are mouthed by one of the weirdest kids in school, but they still seem to come true. The real question is whether Tommy should take the advice of a folded piece of paper when it comes to asking out one of the nicest girls in his class. Tom Angleberger delivers a creative, eye-catching story through Tommy's case file," with chapters told in each of the characters' voices, as Tommy tries to determine whether the origami Yoda is a fake. The voices are unique and believable, including the quirky (if curiously appealing) Dwight, the creator of the origami Yoda. Reluctant readers will be attracted to the characters' doodles on each page. A fun, light read, recommended for early middle school. Reviewer: Catherine McTamaney
Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson Davis
Dwight can be strange at times, like the day he answered "Purple" every time Tommy asked him a question. But one thing he did is very intriguing. One day, Dwight created an origami Yoda that sat on his finger. This puppet can answer questions that predict the future—or can he? The problem is that Dwight can be clueless at times, but Origami Yoda always seems to have the right answer. That is what this book is all about. Tommy needs to know if Dwight's Origami Yoda will answer a very important question about a girl. This sixth-grade scenario is a little quirky, but very intriguing. This case file investigation will give all the information so the reader can use his or her reasoning abilities to figure out the truth about this Origami Yoda. The back of the book contains directions to make your own Origami Yoda. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson Davis
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Sixth grader Tommy and his friends face gym class jitters, embarrassing nicknames, and considerable girl anxiety. They need the wisdom of a Jedi master just to make it through the day. When Tommy's weird classmate Dwight shows up at school with an origami Yoda finger puppet and suggests that Tommy and his friends check in with the Yoda when they have difficult situations to deal with or tough decisions to make. The Yoda's advice is so good that the friends can't imagine that it is coming from oddball Dwight and Tommy decides to investigate. Tom Angleberger's novel (Amulet Books, 2010) is Tommy's casebook. He documents his own interactions with Origami Yoda and asks his friends to contribute theirs as well. This works really well in the audio format. Five actors voice Tommy, Kellen, Quavondo, Sara, and resident skeptic Harvey with varying degrees of believable immaturity. The case is never resolved, and listeners are left to decide for themselves whether Origami Yoda is merely Dwight's dummy or if somehow the finger puppet is actually using the Force.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, MD

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Amulet Paperbacks
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Origami Yoda Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tom Angleberger is the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series, as well as Fake Mustache and Horton Halfpott, both Edgar Award nominees, and The Qwikpick Papers series. He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell. Visit him online at origamiyoda.com.

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
mochareader More than 1 year ago
Do you like Star Wars? Is one of your favorite characters from the series Yoda? Have you ever wondered does "the force" really exist? If you answered yes to any of these questions then strap yourself in and get ready to go to a galaxy far, far away? Well, actually not that far away and I guess it's not really another galaxy either. I guess I got a little carried away with all the Star Wars stuff. Anywho, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is a quick read that will have you laughing out loud as you enjoy this tale of a middle school boy named Tommy who is trying to figure out if an origami puppet is really able to give sound advice. At the end of the book, there is even a diagram that shows how to create your own origami Yoda puppet. So grab your lightsaber (it will help you if you decide to read in the dark) and let the force be with you, young Jedi. Happy Reading!
writing_teacher More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute, entertaining story. I think Mr. Angleberger has been spying on my middle school students because he totally "gets" the middle school mentality! The book is pure fun. Students that enjoy the Diary of the Wimpy Kid will most likely love this as well since it is done in the same light-hearted style.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
While walking through the bookstore my son spotted this book. He picked it up and started to read it immediately. Needless to say we left the bookstore with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. My son was so entranced with this book he wanted to read it whenever he could. For some kids this is the norm. For my son, it's not. He is a reluctant reader. I'm forever on the hunt for books that I think he would like. This book was a success. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is about a boy, Dwight who makes himself an Origami Yoda. Dwight brings his paper masterpiece to school and places it on his finger and starts talking in a strange voice. Well technically it's Dwight but the strange voice is Yoda's. Yoda starts to distribute advice to fellow students. When some of the advice Yoda dishes out works, more of his classmates seek out his help. This book is in the form of case files compiled by two of Dwight's classmates. Tommy thinks there is a distinct possibility that Origami Yoda can be real while Harvey believes it's all a bunch of hooey. The case files they put together are the stories and testimonies of Dwight's classmates. As I mentioned my son loves this book. I borrowed this book after he was finished reading so I could see for myself what was so great about this book. This book is funny. At times laugh out loud funny. Tom Angleberger definitely has a sense of humor and it shows through out this book. It also goes a bit deeper then humor. Dwight is an odd kid. He steps to the beat of his own drum. For that reason he gets picked on. Dwight gives some of the mean kids a taste of their own medicine by getting them back. Not necessarily by picking a fight but by using his head. This book encompasses themes such as being yourself, believing in magic, and peer pressure. I really enjoyed this book. If you know or have a reluctant reader you might want to give this book a try. It's a fun read. Also in the back Tom Angleberger includes instructions on how to make your own Origami Yoda. My son and I both tried it. I can honestly say, origami is not my thing. However I did have fun trying to make my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 10 yr old who LOVES star wars and this is a HILARIOUS BOOK!! A combanation of star wars and Diary of a wimpy kid, This is a great book. Plus,it gives you info on how to make your OWN! COOL!
Harnedfamily More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever! Tommy has a file of confrontations with Origami Yoda. He has to prove it is real. Please read. It is a good, rapid, intelligent, witty, and hard-to-put-down awesomeness. Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has suspense and humor in the right places. It is a quick read, but good none the less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IF I COULD PICK MY FAVORIE BOOKS EVER IT HAS TO BE big nate dairy of a wimpy kid and the strange case of origami yoda. if you like humor ond a funny time this book is for you. its top FUNNY AND YOU WONT EVER BE SICK READING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny it was ! yoda this is from
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg!!!!!!!!!! Luv this book My third forth grade teacher read it to us............ in fourth grade I would totalky read it again even though im in 7th grade now. This book is for girls too ya no Even if u dont like starwars (meeeeeeeeeeeeee) Looooooooooooooove it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really funny book that you cant put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! I love Origami Yoda!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awsome book and who ever likes Star Wars should read it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Da. Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Best book I have read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book convinced me to like star wars. Thank you tom.l
ratdog More than 1 year ago
Age range 8-12?  I disagree. I am 45 and love all the books in this series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though im not a star wars fan the book is so awesome! The chapters are short and you can get the pictures in your head really easily. It has nothing to do with star wars except yoda. It first i thought it was gonna be all nerdy cuz thats what i think of star wars but it turns out to be an amazing book! Five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book. We have since purchased the 2 sequels. Very clever plot. Love Origami Yoda.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, A Book Review Have you ever been the weird kid? If you ever felt left out, or like you don’t fit in, then you should read,The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger. It’s a fiction book about a boy and his companion. A kid named Dwight, who is a sixth-grader in McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight, is the the weird kid at school and the other kids don’t really want to hang out with him. So he spends a lot of time doing Origami. Origami is a Japanese paper-folding art. He creates an Origami Yoda puppet. Yoda is a character from the Star Wars movies. Dwight carries his Origami Yoda to school and the other kids think it’s cool. Dwight tells them that if they ask him Origami Yoda a question, it will answer them. He also says it can give advice and predict the future. Whenever someone ask Origami Yoda a question, Dwight answers for the Origami Yoda, Dwight answers them in the way Yoda would talk in the movies. Everyone loves it and thinks it’s awesome. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth-grade is lining up with questions. Dwight becomes friends with Tommy, Kellen and Mike. They hang out with him and ask Origami Yoda for advice. Since Dwight started to bring Origami Yoda to school, he isn’t as much as an outcast as he was before. Until one day when Tommy asks the Origami Yoda advice about a tricky situation and Origami Yoda gives the wrong advice. I would recommend The Strange Case of Origami Yoda to people who like the character Yoda from the Star Wars movies. It is a chance to read about Yoda in a different way. Also, this book helps you to understand people who think differently than you. Each chapter is told from the point of view of kid and his/her experience with Origami Yoda. The author uses clear descriptions that makes it easy for the reader to understand the characters feelings. This book has some challenging words, but it was easy to figure them out by knowing what was going on in the story. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is an amazing book that any Star Wars fan will enjoy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a great book because it is a great mystery book. In the middle they have a huge argument on who is the real origami. Then they have an origami Yoda BATTLE. The one who was made first won the battle. It is a great book for 2nd graders. (7 to 10 years old). This is also a chapter book and is also really funny. If your kids or grandkids seen and liked star wars they would like this book.