It’s no secret that I’m kind of a Star Wars nut, so no one should be shocked that I’m a big fan of Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series. Getting kids hooked on Star Wars (especially the original trilogy) can only be a good thing. Yesterday, I finished the third book in this series, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, and it was just as wonderful as the previous two books. It’s a funny read with a bit of mystery thrown in…not to mention loads of wonderful Star Wars references. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee is a perfect read for anyone, no matter what age or gender, who loves Star Wars or just a really good book.
When we last saw the students at McQuarrie Middle School, Dwight (the “owner and operator” of the famous Origami Yoda) had been suspended. He is now attending Tippett Academy, and his friends (Tommy, Kellen, and the gang) aren’t quite sure what to do without him…or Origami Yoda. Who will give them the advice they need? Who will keep them from embarrassment and trouble?
Chewbacca to the rescue!!! Sara has arrived with the Fortune Wookiee! This paper fortune teller, along with his companion Han Foldo, has come to McQuarrie Middle to guide students in the ways of the Force (even though Chewie and Han never used the Force). But why does the Fortune Wookiee’s advice seem to get the guys to do exactly what the girls want them to do? This is one mystery that needs to be solved!
Another mystery that is plaguing the students at MMS concerns Dwight. According to reports, ever since he transferred to Tippett, Dwight has become normal (boring). He does his homework, he behaves in class, he’s given up origami (even Origami Yoda), and he’s just not as lively as he used to be. What’s going on here? Can Dwight’s friends—and even his arch-nemesis Harvey—discover the truth before both Dwight and Origami Yoda are gone forever?
Just like the other Origami Yoda books, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee combines humor, Star Wars, art, and mystery to create a fun, fast read that everyone will enjoy. And this isn’t the last we’ve heard from the students of McQuarrie Middle! Something horrible is about to happen at their beloved school, and they’ll need to harness the power of the Force to fight it! (I’m not sure yet when the next book will come out—or even what the title will be—but you can bet that I’ll get my hands on it as soon as possible.)
If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic series (including how to fold your own origami Star Wars characters), visit http://origamiyoda.wordpress.com/. Have fun!