Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Amulet Books, 2010
Read for Best Overlooked YA Book Battle.
This story is the investigation of Tommy, Harvey, and Kellen to see if the origami Yoda designed and voiced by Dwight is actually Yoda who can give help for the future. In order to discover the truth, Tommy gathers stories from his classmates in grade 6 before he decides to make a big decision based on Yoda's advice.
I was super excited about this book because it references Star Wars and I'm definitely a fan. Bonus: at the end of the book, there are instructions on how to fold your own Yoda! I didn't give them a try but they looked simple enough to follow. I loved the format of the book which is told in journal entries (plus illustrations by Kellen) from the various classmates to explain when Yoda gave good, bad, or cryptic advice.
I enjoyed meeting the classmates, who all had their unique voice and experience with Yoda. Dwight was probably the most compelling character for me. Despite being the creator of Origami Yoda, he didn't always follow his own advice, frequently ending up the butt of jokes and teased by the other students. Regardless, he marched to his own beat and ended up okay. Harvey is the skeptic who attempts to rain on Origami Yoda's parade but the ending is very cute and satisfying.
Overall: A very fast read looking at lives and motivations of a group of great kids; recommended for younger readers and those who like Star Wars.
Cover: I'm pretty sure Origami Yoda didn't have a light saber (although how cool would that have been?) but it signals who he is more effectively.