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

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  19,253 ratings  ·  2,441 reviews

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
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Amulet Books (first published 2010)
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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
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
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“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

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
Patrick F.
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
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
...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
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.
Afton Nelson
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.
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!
Isaac H.$_$
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
Do you believe that the force is with you? When Dwight's origami Yoda appears to have the correct answers, all hail to him and seek his counsel. Yet, some are reluctant to believe. The reason for this is because Dwight is a social outcast who goes outside the realm of normality. However, the more the origami Yoda answers correctly, the greater are his followers. To what extent is this Dwight's doing, if any? If not Dwight, is this origami Yoda really all knowing and wise? You must read to find o ...more
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
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
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
Aug 25, 2012 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Jun 08, 2014 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Karol Sigda
**warning spoilers ahead** Did you like Yoda in the star wars movies? Then you'll love origami Yoda. This book is full of jokes,love and intensity. It's the best book there is because it has more than one conflict. In it I guess the conflict is for the characters to decide wether or not origami Yoda is real I'm guessing to make sure they're not making fool of themselves.
If you think I'm an idiot who is impressed with everything your wrong I always find good books well almost always. I for one o
Evelyn Ink
It took some time for me to find the heart of this book. I guess that is because the story begins and ends with Tommy wondering if another girl likes him and deciding whether or not he should ask her to dance. This seems like something just too basic and shallow to hold even a mere 141 pages together. Despite the fact, that this is where the book begins and where the book ends, it is not really what the book is about.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda perfectly captures middle school in all of it
I LOVED listening to this book. I asked the kids in my class how many had read it and only three had, so I think it will be a read-aloud (or listen-aloud) this year. It's the quintessential intermediate/middle school book. I'm also excited to share video and pictures of Tom Algleberger from when I met him at Blue Manatee in August!
There is always a strange kid in your school.IN this story there is this one really strange kid that plays with anything that you usually don't play with.This kid all day plays with origami paper all day he does that but the catch is he makes a yoda made out of origami and everybody ask the paper yoda advice and in the future it actually happens the yoda MADE OUT OF PAPER gives kid advice that comes true in the future.At first i did not like the book but then the book just turned from horrible t ...more
After having just reread this I bumped it up to 5 stars... it perfectly captures middle school life and even elementary... it hits the buttons perfectly for the characters... its just a great read and one of my favorites of the 300 plus I have read this year... plus every kid I have shown it to loves it!!!
Brendan Butterworth
Dwight is a sixth grader at McQuarrie Middle School who is considered quite weird. One day, Dwight folds an origami finger puppet of Yoda, a popular Star Wars figure. Through an imitation voice, Dwight offers advice to his classmates through Yoda. Students at McQuarrie soon become convinced that Origami Yoda has a special connection to the Force, while others are doubtful. A fellow sixth-grader named Tommy decides to write a case file to prove or disprove Origami Yoda's realness. He convinces a ...more
This is a wonderfully original and satisfying story. While many readers will be attracted intially to the cover, they'll stay for the story and Angleberger's uncanny knack for capturing those uncomfortably realistic middle school moments.
Quick & fun; I liked this much better than Wimpy Kid. I also liked the little seed of an idea planted in the story: perhaps, sometimes, it's not so much that you are messing with the geeks than it is that they are messing with YOU.
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...
Ein entzückendes Kinder/Jugendbuch um eine Origami-Handpuppe namens Yoda, die an der Hand des größten Trottels in der Clique allen sehr weise Ratschläge erteilt.

Aufgebaut und sehr hübsch illustriert ist das Buch wie Greg's Tagebuch - kein Wunder es stammt ja auch aus demselben Verlag. Aus diesem Grund muss ich aber gleich mangels Originalität, Innovation und doppelter Verwurschtung eines Erfolgskonzeptes einen Stern abziehen.

Ansonsten herrlich wie die Weisheit der Jedis und Tips zur ersten Verli
This is a great middle grade read about a boy who starts a file to determine if he should follow Origami Yoda's advice. Each chapter is a case file on an event were Origami Yoda gave advice written by different kids in the sixth grade class. In addition to the case files there are also notes by two of the main characters and doodles from the third character. While the Origami Yoda himself is obviously a Star Wars reference, there are a few more references made throughout the book particularly in ...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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