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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
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Clearly designed to catch onto the same audience that loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Tom Angleberger provides a moderately entertaining book purportedly containing a sixth grader's scientific journal evaluating the titular subject.

When the book begins, Tommy, the alleged author, is the typical slightly geeky outsider who is coming to like girls and is trying to decide whether or not to approach one and has decided that the decision is based entirely on whether or not his friend Dwight's paper puppet Yoda is actually as wise as his sage advice implies. Given that Dwight, in Tommy's estimation, is one of the most foolish of his acquaintances, Tommy sets out to scientifically evaluate whether or not Yoda is real by amassing a case file on the subject.

What happens is a collection of humorous episodes of kids learning to take risks and live in the moment. You can probably guess the end just by this sparse review, but it's an enjoyable book that parents shouldn't be afraid of sharing with their kids. Wouldn't recommend it for childless people, but if you've got a young reader, it won't be painful to read along with them.

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