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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
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May 28, 12

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a work of contemporary realistic fiction by Tom Angleberger written in 2010. This novel was playful and relatable for children in late elementary school to early middle school, touching on friendships, crushes, school stereotypes, bullies and the many wonders of everyday life.
The story begins with a question, and through a retelling of events of the characters’ experiences with Origami Yoda, we eventually come to an answer at the end of the book. This organization of the plot engages the reader. The story takes place in a school, which is the perfect setting for making the novel seem plausible and realistic, but not much detail is provided for the children to imagine the story taking place. The children are all searching for answers in a confusing time in life, and, in the end, they discover they can find the answers on their own. The story also talks about stereotypes in school and how to be your own person no matter what others think. Displayed through the vivid, diary-like storytelling, each chapter is told from a different point of view allowing the audience to meet each of the main characters, and their distinct personalities. Illustrations throughout bring even more character and personality to the novel. Lastly, the author successfully writes in a style that resembles a group of sixth graders, but not too elementary and challenging for readers.
This book is extremely creative in how problems are conveyed: through the character origami Yoda. However, this novel heavily relies on American culture due to the Star Wars references and being set in an American school. This may not be understood cross-culturally. In addition, the author uses stereotyping heavily which can be sending a mixed message, but these stereotypes are built-on in order to reach one of the themes.

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