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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)

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IT TAKES THE WISDOM OF YODA TO SURVIVED THE SIXTH GRADE

Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him "Captain Dwight." This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origa
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Hardcover, 145 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Amulet Books
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Betsy
Jun 15, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
Let us now sit back and consider what the ultimate boy/girl middle grade novel would contain. By which I mean, the novel that perfectly balances out the stereotypical vision of what boys like in a book versus what stereotypical girls like in a book. You see these stereotypes referred to all the time. "Oh, boys won't read anything with a pink cover." "Oh, girls won't pick up a book unless there's some romance in it." Phooey. Boys read Babymouse all the time and girls dig Diary of a Wimpy Kid. If ...more
Amy
Feb 01, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
There's always that one weird kid in school who has no idea that they're weird; all of the other kids can tell them that they're weird, but they just go on being weird, and Tom Angleberger really does a fantastic job of showing how there needs to be a weird kid in every school to shake things up and make everyone else question their own place in the food chain. This book was a breath of weird, fresh air, and I really enjoyed the multiple narratives and the way that the characters grew to underst ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 24, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who remembers how hard it is to be different
Recommended to Ivonne by: Bill Wolfe
In a time not too long ago and in a galaxy located somewhere in the American Southeast,* there was a boy named Dwight, an incredibly unpopular boy adrift in a benighted middle school (as if there is any other kind). Like so many unpopular kids in middle school/junior high, Dwight doesn’t get the social cues that other students inherently absorb and/or simply marches to his own drummer. And in the sixth grade, what crime is greater than being different — or really smart or passionate or artistic ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
REVIEW

“This 5 star review you must write.” That would be the advice my own Origami Yoda gave to me. Since I believe in Origami Yoda, I am going to follow that advice.

In this imaginative middle grade book, sixth-grader Tommy presents his investigation into whether or not Origami Yoda is real. The book is written in a tween-friendly style with plenty of pencil drawings and funny blurbs in the margins. There are fun chapter titles and comments from Tommy’s classmates. My eight-year-old brother has
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brandy
Dec 10, 2014 brandy rated it did not like it

This story was a good book by Tom Angleberger. It is about an odd sixth grade boy, Dwight, he makes a yoda like the one from Star Wars out of paper. He convinces his friends that the Origami yoda he made can predict the future, or peoples thoughts. In reality, Dwight speaks for origami yoda and makes obvious predictions. When a friend mentions that his origami was just a worthless piece of paper he gets angry and rips it up. The friend gets upset with the fact that he made Dwight rip up his yod
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans who are kids or don't mind reading children's books
I was not a big fan of this book.

1.) I don't like DIARY OF A WIMPY KID format. The drawings in this book are extremely ugly and not pleasant to look at.

2.) The plot was rather lame, I thought. The kids 6th grade concerns (Can I muster up the courage to ask this girl to dance? How can I stop this dweeb from sitting at my lunch table) I found to be petty and annoying.

But I DID like the Star Wars references and the Yoda talking.

NOTE: THESE BOOKS IMPROVE. I kept reading the series and it got a lot
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Patrick F.
Oct 28, 2010 Patrick F. rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book to me and this ended up being one of my favorite books. Origami Yoda is about a sixth grade class. There is a really strange boy named Dwight who has an Origami Yoda, and he wears it on his finger. In this book Origami Yoda spreads his wisdom to everyone who wants his help. But the big question is: is Origami Yoda real or is it just Dwight trying to play a prank. Tommy and his friends Kellen, and Harvey need to find out. If they don’t something very bad could happe ...more
Randee
Dec 28, 2015 Randee rated it it was amazing
The only books I've read from the 'juvenile' section of the library of late has been the Wimpy Kid series. It makes me laugh and entertains me just as much as any 'adult' book (just as I often like books that are labeled YA--labels can be so misleading.) When a woman in one of my book clubs, whom I admire (and it bears noting that she is a teacher and probably has a grasp on children's books) named this as one of her favorites of 2015, I knew I had to check it out. I got a copy from the library ...more
Afton Nelson
May 15, 2010 Afton Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
The first thing I did when I saw this book with Yoda and a light saber on the cover was flip to the front to make sure George Lucas was getting his cut. He is.

Next I read the book, which has plenty of Star Wars references mixed in with 6th grade boys, some sports, awkward school dances, a bully, a jerk, a couple girls, and one strange boy who seems to be advising them all through the mysterious abilities of a home made finger puppet. By all appearances, it had the making of a perfect boy book.
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paula
...The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is Tommy's casebook. He documents his own interactions with Origami Yoda and asks his friends to contribute theirs as well. This works really well on audio - a cast of five actors impersonate Tommy, Kellen, Quavondo, Sara, and resident skeptic Harvey with varying degrees of believable immaturity. Hearing the way each actor interprets each kid's Yoda imitation is particularly entertaining. The four boys I ferried to and from a field trip on Tuesday hung on ever ...more
Colby Sharp
Apr 16, 2012 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing
Originally read 3/23/2012
Reread (second time listening) 4/13/2012

I loved it. This book is quickly becoming a favorite in my fourth grade classroom. I loved how each chapter was told from the point of a different character with comments from the main narrarator at the end of each chapter. I can't wait to read the sequel. May the force be with you.
Bebe Haase
Nov 25, 2015 Bebe Haase rated it really liked it
I read this a long time ago. I found it while looking through books. I realy liked this book. It was funny and cute.
Jessica
Oct 06, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
This is a wonderful little book! I don't know how else to describe it without giving anything away. But let me say this: it's for tweens (and up), boys would love it, and it's cleverly designed to look like a much-crumpled, doodled in, notebook. It's got all the best things about a "friendship drama" book, coupled with a fun little mystery.

Also, there are instructions at the end for folding your own Origami Yoda!

But can Origami Yoda tell the future?

Read the book you must!
Cubez
Jan 22, 2016 Cubez rated it it was amazing
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Ariana B
Nov 05, 2015 Ariana B rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, and I like how it is in journal format...=D
Isaac H.$_$
Dec 03, 2010 Isaac H.$_$ rated it liked it
so far its pretty good but the only thing is that this book is not one story its choped up in these things they call cases that have to do with all dwight's freinds and how origamy yoda helps them out.thee characters are dwight,tommy,kellen,mike,sara,harvey,cassie,lance and origami yoda!this book starts out with this weird kid name dwight and a finger puppet origami yoda.dwight is that kid in scholl who you would want to keep your distance from.dwight dose face some problems with origami yoda bu ...more
Jerry
Aug 10, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it
The Good:When I was in school, I was usually known as the weird kid, thanks to my psychological condition and different sort of upbringing, so, I can identify with some of the characters in this book. It definitely has fun with Lucas' space opera, and some crazy moments are found within. Fans of kiddie books will definitely find plenty to love.

The Bad: I wasn't a big fan of the formatting; some pages had black text on a medium gray background, which was hard to read. The comments at the end of e
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Kieran
Feb 06, 2016 Kieran rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing is that it shows you how to make origami Yoda.
Raina
Sep 24, 2011 Raina rated it really liked it
When I finished this I immediately thought of about five 10-year-old boys who I think would love it, if they haven't read it already.

There may also be a few 30-something men in my life who would enjoy it, too...
Natalie
I've been on a quest to find different read alouds for class and someone recommended this one. It was silly fun and I can see why the kids like it.

Dwight is a weirdo. There's no way around it. He's always doing bizarre things, including making and using an Origami Yoda.

Tommy, the narrator is on a mission to figure out if Origami Yoda is the real deal, because, oddly enough, he gives out pretty good advice. Everyone has been asking him for help and usually he's right. Is Dwight really the maste
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Rachel
Jan 14, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda was last month's selection for the Intergenerational Book Club that my sons and I belong to. Both my boys love this book series (Origami Yoda being book one of the series) and I was curious to find out what the appeal was. And now I know. This book is a case file, written by Tommy, of his investigation to find out if Dwight's Origami Yoda is real. Is Yoda offering wise advice to Tommy and his classmates or is it just Dwight pretending that it's Yoda? Tommy lets t ...more
Heidi
Fun, funny, and silly. An older read for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, even though they both take place in middle schools. I liked that Tommy was not as much of a jerk as Greg, but more like a regular kid who sometimes says mean things (and happily, he sincerely regrets them and tries to fix the wrong). I thought some of the solutions were fun. I liked hearing the different kids' voices in telling their experiences. I loved the ending and the outcome of it all. I especially liked that there is a mo ...more
Liz
Will there be a pop quiz in science class? What should I do about this stain on my pants? Does that girl like me? These are just a few questions that Sara, Kellen, Tommy, and the rest of sixth grade ask the all-knowing paper wad that is Origami Yoda. However, there are unbelievers among them. Harvey in particular is out to prove that Dwight's paper creation isn't magic, but "magically pathetic."

This was an OK read, especially for fans of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Dork Diaries" series. But
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Jessica
Aug 25, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4 - 8th graders
In many ways, this book is the bane of good reading teachers everywhere. Structure? Terrible. Descriptive writing? What's that? Writing level versus interest level? Ugh.

But here's the truth of the book: I'm about a decade and a half too old for it, and I loved it.

The fact is that The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a high interest book that is going to hook your kids. And any teacher or parent with a kid that hates reading knows that interest comes first; they'll never care about story structure
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Elyse
Mar 02, 2010 Elyse rated it really liked it
This kids book is about a group of sixth grade boys who have one awkward friend, Dwight, who comes in one day with an origami Yoda. Some of the kids consult Yoda for advice, some are skeptical about it, so one boy Tommy decides to collect various students' accounts of their interactions with Yoda. Both boys and girls share their stories: one boy gets a stain on his pants from the sink and Yoda gives him some advice on how to make it not look like he wet his pants; a girl asks him what to do abou ...more
Jay
Sep 04, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
This was such a great book, both for entertainment value and for things to think about later. Dwight (I listened to this, so I may have the spelling wrong) is really interesting, but many of the other characters (Mike, for example), have a lot of realistic depth even though they are minor players on the stage. I can't recall a book that had me asking my kids "what do you think about this?" so often... maybe ever. An origami Yoda puppet giving advice is a brilliant start to the story, but having ...more
June
Jun 08, 2014 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: school story requests
Recommended to June by: Book club member
It took me a little while to get into, but was very popular in the parent child book club.

We were able to do a word search while people gathered, then there were slips of paper with sayings that we drew and scrambled into Yoda sayings. Favorite scenes were discussed.

3 readers rated Origami Yoda a "Death Star Explosion!!!!!"
3 readers rated it as "Medal winning ceremony"
1 rated it as an "Ewok"

Questions discussed included:
Why did people follow Yoda's advice if silly? (talked about twist)
We describe
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Sara Tengelsen
Feb 28, 2016 Sara Tengelsen rated it really liked it
What a cute book! What I really like about this first book in the series is the writing style. It really is almost like someone is presenting their case for trial. The main writer, Tommy, is very good about not having a bias, even though he gets really frustrated with his rude friend Harvey. Tommy, in my opinion, is one of the characters in this book that young kids can really look forward to becoming when they are in middle school. He makes mistakes occasionally, but Tommy is a good friend who ...more
☪♥Magic Love Wonderland☯♥Love☮
Jun 05, 2016 ☪♥Magic Love Wonderland☯♥Love☮ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who wants something light and funny to read
Shelves: humour
This book was actually funny and fun to read! Some of the student stories were laugh-out-loud hilarious and the characters were brilliant for each different role.

Even the translation in here was great. Normally the translation always gets lost and misinterpreted, especially in funny stories but in The Yoda Oracle it seemed right on.

I'm not sure how I 'should' rate this but perhaps I will give it for now 3.5 Stars.
Katie Woodward
Feb 28, 2016 Katie Woodward rated it really liked it
In the beginning you are introduced to a sixth-grade class of kids who are in that wonderfully awkward stage, I'm sure we all remember. It's that awkward point in life when everyone is a bit weird and even the "cool" kids don't really know how to be cool. And of course there are those first crushes because cooties don't exist anymore. And nobody wants to dance in the middle of the dance floor. It's that point in life. There is this weird boy named Dwight who creates his own folding technique fo ...more
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Tom Angleberger artist-turned-writer. He is a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, and began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. He lives in Christianburg, Virginia.
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