Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tween Tuesday: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: 4/1/2010
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About the Book: Is Origami Yoda real or just a hoax? That's the question on Tommy's mind as he tries to discover the truth about Origami Yoda. Tommy is having girl problems-he likes Sara but doesn't know if she likes him back-and Origami Yoda has given him advice, but before he follows it he wants to know if Yoda is real or not. Origami Yoda is a finger puppet made by Dwight. Dwight has always been the strange kid at school and surely he's not smart enough to give the wise advice that Origami Yoda has given. So is Origami Yoda magical and real and should Tommy listen to him?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is a short, fast, and fun read that has great tween appeal as well as appeal to all ages. I'm sure teens and adults would get a kick out of this The Strange Case of Origami Yoda as well. As Tommy tries to discover the truth, he compiles a case file with reports and stories from people who have asked Origami Yoda for advice. Tommy also makes a case for why Dwight isn't smart enough to be giving out the wise Yoda advice on his own.
The middle school sixth grade relationships and friendships are so well drawn and realistic and tweens will relate. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is one of those books that has a great cover and a great premise that makes it easy to booktalk to any age and any gender-girls will enjoy this as much as boys. I could see this one easily getting passed around the middle school library.
I especially liked that while the characters all thought Dwight was strange and odd, they never totally dismissed him. He sat at their lunch table, they talked to him, and believed in Origami Yoda. That made the book even more realistic to me because they weren't one way or the other about Dwight-they were all trying to figure him out and decide for themselves what they believed about Dwight and the Origami Yoda.
If you work with tweens, be sure to include The Strange Case of Origami Yoda on your bookshelf-and don't be surprised if Origami Yoda's start showing up and giving advice!
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from library copy