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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

by Tom Angleberger


Book Summary

Dwight is an odd kid.  If you ask him a yes or no question, he might answer you by saying "purple."  But one day he shows up with an origami Yoda on his finger, and people start asking it questions, and it offers advice.  This book is a collection of various stories involving different students and the advice they receive from "Yoda."  How could anyone as strange as Dwight be such a great thinker?  On the other hand, if it's not Dwight, does that mean that Origami Yoda is real?

Book Review

 This book is not a challenging read, so reluctant readers will find it funny and accessible. Middle school students will relate to the social realism, the humor, and the clever drawings. While the text is easy enough for younger advanced readers, the content (school dances, second period pop quizzes, etc.) is aimed at students who are a little older. Instructions for creating your own origami Yoda are a fun addition to this book.

Fun Fact: Tom Angleberger is married to Cece Bell, author of the award-winning El Deafo.

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
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Believe it or not, walking around
with a paper puppet on his finger all day long is not the weirdest thing Dwight does.  Not by far.  Here are the Top Ten."

p. 42

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Friendships; Popularity
  • Middle School Peer Groups
  • Unexplained Phenomena
  • Star Wars references

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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