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The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  9,826 Ratings  ·  573 Reviews

With Dwight suspended, McQuarrie Middle School is missing its most famous attendee: origami Yoda. And no Yoda means no case file mystery to solve. But just as Tommy wonders if he'll ever find anything interesting to write about again, something BIG happens. Something BIG and HAIRY. It's a Fortune Wookiee, a paper fort
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2012)
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Ivonne Rovira
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Jedis everywhere!
How can you have one of Tom Angleberger’s delightful Origami Yoda books without Dwight Tharp — or especially Origami Yoda? Genius that he is, Angleberger found a way!

The thus-far irrepressible Dwight has been expelled from McQuarrie Middle School and is now at Tibbet Academy, leaving Tommy Lomax and the gang behind. Adrift without the Jedi wisdom, the seventh-graders turn to the Fortune Wookiee, a substitute Dwight has given his neighbor Sarah Bolt. The Fortune Wookiee can’t speak himself, but h
Colby Sharp
Books like this are what the Nerdy Book Club is all about: well written, kid friendly, fun, deep.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans who don't mind kid's books

What the Fett?*

How did I go from being mildly annoyed with this series to laughing out loud while reading it?

Thank Jabba* I didn't ditch this after the first book!

The kids at school are feeling Dwight's absence keenly. Luckily, Dwight has made up a little origami Chewbacca fortune teller to guide the students on their correct path. First you tell the Wookie what your favorite Star Wars Episode is, and then your favorite character from the movies. Then he answers in Shyriiwook** and Sara translat
Tom Angleberger could have rested on the laurels of his unique premise. He could have pumped out book after book where Origami Yoda solves various middle-school -type problems while Tommy and the gang wonder if Origami Yoda is real or just a creation of Dwight. It’s such an interesting concept that many fans (myself included) would have read many reiterations of “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” before getting tired and moving on. To Tom Angleberger’s credit, he didn’t do that. Each book in the ...more
I swear these just keep getting better. The current crisis at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School is... how will everyone get by without the guidance of Origami Yoda, now that Dwight has transferred to fancy Tippett Academy? And by the way, what is going ON with Dwight? Reports are filtering in that he is no longer digging holes and sitting in them, speaks in complete sentences, and, strangest of all, has stopped bringing Origami Yoda to school!

While Origami Yoda was about accepting and appreciating D

"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." Everyone misses Dwight at McQuarrie Middle School. With no Origami Yoda, Sara shows up with Fortune Wookie and Hans Foldo. She says Dwight threw them to her out his bedroom window. Tommy starts another case file to investigate whether or not the advice Fortune Wookie doles out is real. Meanwhile, everyone is concerned about Dwight at his new school. He is totally boring! Origami Yoda is in a picture frame at his house, he never gets in trouble, d
The series overall remains strong. The art direction is excellent, with all the illustrations and different handwriting, and of course, the fortune telling wookie on the cover. Dwight is now at a new school, and Tommy's trying to find out how he's doing. Other kids are dealing with lesser issues (how to get out of eating the Big Pink at Thanksgiving). But Rabbski the principal is up to something...and then this volume is just over.

No doubt there are good reasons for ending it where he did, but i
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is completely different from other books of this type I have read. Tom Angleberger did it again! This book was great-- it had me laughing, and some times almost crying because of what was happening to Dwight. Angleberger picks up the story when Dwight leaves his former school to begin attending a new private school, which his almost girlfriend also attends, at this school Dwight is as normal as everyone else, he begins to lose who he is. Tommy, Dwight's almost best friend begins compiling a ...more
Maximilian Lee
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
😀This book started out with Tommy saying how boring it is without Dwight and origami Yoda and why there is no reason to make a case file without him. But, like...a DAY later, Sara made a fortune Wookie and everyone believed in it (she also made Han Foldo)😀. It was going pretty well until Harvey noticed that the fortune Wookie had 9 answers but, it only had 8 flaps, so the fortune Wookie turned out to be fake. Meanwhile Dwight turned out to be NOT wearing his origami Yoda puppet anymore so Tommy ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and funny story. I would have like more Origami Yoda and Dwight, but I did enjoy Fortune Wookie (Chewbacca) and Han Foldo. Those were the funniest parts. I liked that even though this story was quite silly there was still a lesson to be learned with what happened to the characters, notably Harvey. I probably should have started with the first book. Although, the important points were covered in this book, which was nice for readers like myself that skipped the first two books, so ...more
Lisa Godfrees
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you heard of origami yoda? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out. I know these books are more for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid audience, but if you are a Star Wars fan of any age, you will love these books. And they’re not just for boys either – my daughter likes them, as do I. Let’s face it, Star Wars is for everyone. :)

Anyway, I just finished this book tonight with my daughter and we are already looking forward to the next installment, Art2-D2 coming March 2013.

So what’s the theology
Lego Robot Ninja
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nico
Mum: So, first things first: how many stars?

LRN: Four. Usually my reviews are five stars, but this book had one thing that was bad.

Mum: Yeah? What?

LRN: Two whole pages were crammed with...the page was called "I was right" and the page just going on and on and on with "I was right".

Mum: Okay, so what's the plot? Is Dwight, the weird kid with the Origami Yoda in the first couple of books, still working his oracular magic?

LRN: No, apparently he's at this new school, and he's gotten so good he does
Morgan Norsen
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom Anglbergers's third installment in the Origami Yoda series, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, is packed with another case file and mystery to be solved. This time Dwight has gone to a new school and "supposedly" left behind this fortune Wookie. Is the force really with this one, or is it all a trick? See Tommy, Sara, Kellen, and Harvey all face new dilemma's and test the advice given by the Fortune Wookie. Read along and wait to find out if Dwight will ever come back from his new school and ...more
Paul  Hankins
I love this third installment of the Origami Yoda franchise. Noah and I read the ARC of the original, sent to us by Teresa Rolfe Kravtin on our way to Disney World a couple of years ago. Since then, we have had these books that we share together, getting excited as the release dates arrive. Noah (12) gobbles these books up and he reaches heroic status when he shows up at school with the latest book.

In The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, Angleberger sends us back to the Lucasfilm vaults to check so
Arsh M
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Right now I am reading the book The Secret of Fortune Wokiee by Tom Angleberger. I think its a good book because it has funny chapters.Each time I read I can't take my eyes of it and want to read it all day. I'm at the part where a kid named Mike needs help but a Fortune Wokiee but all Fortune Wokiee does is growl. I think the author does a good job explaining how McQuarrie Middle School can face their problems without Dwight and origami Yoda. I think this book is going to be good because the fi ...more
Cameron G.
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recently finished the book The Secret of The Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger. When Dwight leaves McQuarie Middle school and takes advice-giving origami yoda with him, the rest of his old school doesn't know what decisions to make when Dwight's friend Sarah comes up with an idea. She folds a fortine teller, makes it look like a Wookie(from Star Wars), and claims that it has origami yodas's "magic" of predicting the future and giving advice. I like this book because of the funny cast of chara ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book. I thought this because, it had a lot of drama, and more different characters so it made the book more intresting. If there were no new characters, I wouldn't read as many books as I do now.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Looking forward reading one of Tom Angleberger's other origami Star Wars books
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
One might look at The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, or any of the books in Tom Angleberger's enormously successful Origami Yoda series, and on first impression assume they are all about humor. That impression would not be accurate, however. There is an ample amount of humor in the books, for sure, but Tom Angleberger never makes a story without utilizing the full palette of literary colors, mixing shades of middle-school wisdom, intriguing plot design and spot-on characterization to paint a co ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Such a fun series. It focuses on the theme of empathy, but there's plenty of gross humor and a variety of characters to appeal to a variety of readers. Book five is the best, imo, because it gets really wise, as the kids learn that adults are people too. Book six is odd - like someone got called in from the bench to write it for Tom. But if you don't stop after book one, you'll want to read them all, and to do so in order. (This review copied to all.)
Melody Riggs
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story. Great for Star Wars fans and reluctant readers.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the third installment of the “Origami Yoda series” Dwight is expelled and attends Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own—no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the horrible events of their middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight,a paper fortune, teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s, even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoc ...more
Brian Jr
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was awesome and actually pretty funny.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sometimes books can break cardinal writing rules and still get published. Of those, a few are of high enough quality to prove to the world that rules can and should be broken. Unfortunately, others such as The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger prove the opposite.

One cardinal rule is not to start with the back story. The reason? Readers don’t yet have a reason to care for the main character and so even the smallest account of the main character’s past will bore them. In The Secret
Katie Fitzgerald
When Dwight created Origami Yoda, he convinced almost every one of his classmates that he could actually summon the Force to get Yoda to help them with their problems. Now, with Dwight at a new school, everyone is at a loss - that is, until Sara shows up at school with Fortune Wookiee. She claims that Dwight, who has otherwise been acting strange, threw him to her from his window, and that he intends him to be used in the same was as Yoda, to answer important life questions. Because Fortune Wook ...more
Karol Sigda
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** WARNIG SPOiLERS AHEAD ** Hey did you miss me? No? Well time for a realistic fiction book review. Also I am anoncing that this is my last origami Yoda book I'm doing a book review on. It's no good reason ( my mom ).
It's in McQuarrie middle school. The major events are that Dwight needs no has to go back to McQuarrie and Harvey even thinks it's a good thing that he's there because he's acting normal which is actually not him. Also his new "friends" just treat him like a class pet not a real p
I was a little surprised when I heard that the Origami Yoda series was going to continue after Darth Paper Strikes Back. After all, it had ended pretty decisively with Dwight leaving the kids at McQuarrie for private school. How can we have Origami Yoda without Dwight? Well, in this third book in the series it becomes clear that while Origami Yoda might be gone for now, the Fortune Wookiee and Han Foldo are here to do the job in his absence. And it's still all kinds of awesome.

I could nitpick a
Ethan Williamson
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series. In the previous ones a boy in middle school named Dwight made an origami yoda that used the force to give advice. In this book, Dwight is going to a new school and has taken Yoda with him. A girl named Sara shows up at school with an origami Wookiee that helps solve problems. This book is about the stories of the different people who ask the Wookiee for help. It is also about the mystery of Dwight acting not acting like his normal self.

The character who showed
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
Yes. Tommy starts another case file, a most curious one now that Dwight is no longer at McQuarrie. These kids are very perceptive, and a new character emerges in the empty space left by Origami Yoda. Is the Fortune Wookiee for real? Is the Force still working at McQuarrie, and how is Dwight getting along at Tippet Academy.

Tom Angleberger has created another mystery with plenty of good stuff and just the right amount of input from each of the gang to make for a clever and interesting read. Along
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I read the first book “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” I was initially unimpressed. But my husband loved the series, being a big kid at heart and encouraged me to finish the rest of the books.

After reading the next books, I know understand why I didn’t like the first one so much. It’s not very good as a stand-alone story, but following these characters and their adventures into the next school year give them a chance to expand and grow. Now these kids and their story arc are more relatab
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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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