The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Title: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Author: Tom Angleberger
Publisher: Amulet Books
Number of Pages: 160
Advertised Age Level: Middle Grades (ages 9-12)
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 12 years/6th grader
Language: no profanity
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: one student “attacks” another student in defense of a girl but no violence
Social Issues: peer pressure, acceptance of those who are different, first crushes
Suggested Movie Grade: G
Premise: Sixth grader Tommy usually finds classmate Dwight to be both strange and annoying. The kid certainly doesn’t seem to care if everyone thinks he’s a freak. Dwight is always getting into trouble and acting in strange ways. Tommy’s other pals barely tolerate Dwight who often sits at their lunch table. But one day, Dwight uses his one true talent – origami – to fashion an origami Yoda puppet. Oddly, Origami Yoda is nothing like his creator Dwight. Yoda offers great advice for solving all sorts of problems and at times it seems he can even predict the future. Before Tommy can understand what’s happening, the entire school is turning to Origami Yoda for advice.
Since Tommy himself seeks some pretty important information, he needs to know for sure if Origami Yoda is truly a guiding spirit imbued with The Force or just an elaborate hoax perpetrated by Dwight as just another one of his oddball schemes. Tommy interviews those affected by Origami Yoda and compiles a case file in hopes of finding out the truth before he can make a complete fool of himself by following Yoda’s advice.
Comments: Nothing at all offensive in this story. While Dwight is certainly an unusual character, he’s not friendless nor do the other kids pick on him or bully him.
Age Appropriateness: ages 9 to 12 (younger kids might appreciate it as well)