Angleberger, T. (2010). The strange case of Origami Yoda, New York, NY: Abrams
Tom Angleberger brings characters like Dwight, Harvey, and Tommy to life in this hilarious story about how Dwight, who's a quirky student, creates a Yoda made out of origami. Origami Yoda takes on its own persona and helps different students with situations, questions, and doubts about how to deal with middle school issues - from being called a Cheeto Hog to knowing the word that will win the Spelling Bee. Angleberger presents Tommy's quest to discover the validity of Origami Yoda by presenting a series of vignettes that detail everyone's experience with Origami Yoda. Tommy discovers that, even though there are those who may doubt Origami Yoda's true power, like Harvey (and even Dwight himself), Origami Yoda has a life of its own.
This is book one of a series of six different books that surround the Star Wars theme. This first installment is written in a way that students on the lower end of the Young Adult spectrum can take interest; furthermore, it is one that older young adults can appreciate as well. Angleberger covers themes of insecurity, bullying, individuality, and self worth. The writing style and images work well together to convey meaning; readers also appreciate the humor in the plot as well.
Requirement: Selection by Tom Angleberger
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