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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger

“The big question: Is Origami Yoda real?
Well, of course he’s real. I mean, he’s a real finger paper made out of a real piece of paper.
But I mean: is he REAL? Does he really know things? Can he see the future? Does he use the force?”
When Dwight starts walking around with an Origami Yoda on his finger, no one really bats an eyelid – he’s already a bit odd. But then Origami Yoda starts giving advice – good advice – that Dwight wouldn’t know how to give and Tommy builds up the Case of Origami Yoda. With some advice from Yoda fresh in his mind Tommy has to determine if Origami Yoda is a friend, or a foe.

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I was instantly drawn to this book – an awesome cover and an intriguing title made my interest really peak so I really couldn’t resist it once I read the blurb too. It sounded fun and very unique and now I’ve read it I can definitely say it’s both of these things and more!
The story was really funny and quite sweet to be honest. These kids act just like you would imagine 11 and 12 year olds so I could really see it coming to life. There’s always a strange guy in every class and always another who thinks they’re better than everyone else so those characters really jumped out at me. I think the story really teaches you that you have to be yourself, and make yourself strong. If you can do that then everything might just turn out really good, it may well not like but never mind!!
The age group of the kids in this book is a difficult one – that first year of secondary/middle school changes you a lot and makes you realise things about yourself. I think Dwight was understanding that he’d never be a “cool kid” so he made being a “loser” work for him! I also think Tommy, Harvey and the others probably learnt something about themselves too!
I think The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda really highlights the change of life you go through at this age but at the same time offers a fun story with a very unique plot. I honestly think that it’s a great book for the middle grade age range, for boys and girls alike and I think it’ll be a favourite amongst them! Now excuse me whilst I go and talk the 11 year old into reading it – I know he’ll love it!  
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda is the first in the Origami Yoda series and was released by Amulet, an Abrams and Chronicle imprint, on May 1st 2011. The second, Darth Paper Strikes Back, is also available now. Thank you to the Publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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