Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Star Wars enthusiast. Actually, that’s probably putting it mildly. I’m a total Star Wars nerd. I’ve even had my picture in the paper with my extensive collection. I waited in line for thirteen hours just to get tickets to Episode I (which I saw five times on opening day…and I wore a different Star Wars t-shirt to each showing). So yeah, I love Star Wars. It may be surprising to some, though, that I don’t read many books related to the Star Wars universe. I don’t like to mess with the world created in the Star Wars movies, particularly the original trilogy. (George Lucas, can you hear me?) I did make an exception, however, with my latest read. It’s not strictly Star Wars fan fiction or an Expanded Universe novel, but it does involve my favorite little green Jedi. This book is Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and I think this is a perfect book for Star Wars fans, young and old, and those who may be new to the wonderful world of Star Wars.
Dwight is not a normal kid by any stretch of the imagination. He’s probably the weirdest kid in the sixth grade, and he’s about to take his weirdness to a whole new level. Dwight has created his own origami Yoda. Yes, Yoda. The little green Jedi master from Star Wars. Origami Yoda even gives advice to the people around him, including Tommy, a sort-of friend of Dwight’s who needs an answer to a really important question.
Everyone knows it’s just Dwight speaking in a really bad Yoda voice, but why, then, does Origami Yoda seem to know things that no one, not even Dwight, could possibly know? Is the Force flowing through Origami Yoda and helping the students at McQuarrie Middle School?
Tommy and his friends want to know the truth about Origami Yoda. How can he possibly have all the answers? And why does Dwight, on whose finger Yoda rests, not follow Origami Yoda’s advice? Will Tommy be able to find out what’s up with Dwight and Origami Yoda before asking the most important question of his entire life? A question about–gasp!–a girl?
Join Tommy, Dwight, Origami Yoda, and a whole cast of characters as they navigate the confusing world of middle school and try to find the answers to the really tough questions in life. Can Origami Yoda help? Read this book you must if to find out you want!
If you’d like more information on the Origami Yoda books, including the next book, Darth Paper Strikes Back, visit http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/. May the Force be with you!