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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda | [Tom Angleberger]

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

A journalist and fiction author, Tom Angleberger has a knack for capturing the lives of today’s youth. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, socially awkward Dwight shows up to school one morning waving a green finger puppet. Strange enough, but then Dwight starts talking in a funny voice and doling out advice. Is it the puppet, or is it Dwight? And will paper Yoda be able to help Dwight convince the girl of his dreams to go to the big dance with him?
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Publisher's Summary

A journalist and fiction author, Tom Angleberger has a knack for capturing the lives of today’s youth. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, socially awkward Dwight shows up to school one morning waving a green finger puppet. Strange enough, but then Dwight starts talking in a funny voice and doling out advice. Is it the puppet, or is it Dwight? And will paper Yoda be able to help Dwight convince the girl of his dreams to go to the big dance with him?

©2010 Tom Angleberger (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Angleberger’s rendering of such a middle-grade cult obsession is not only spot-on but also reveals a few resonant surprises hidden in the folds.” (Booklist)

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 06-29-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "More appealing to kids than adults"

    When my sons and I listen to audiobooks, I usually enjoy them as much as the kids. This wasn't one of those times. That said, my 11 year old son finished the book in just a few sittings, on an airplane. He said this wasn't his favorite and wasn't interested in listening to the sequels, but clearly it held his interest while he was listening. His biggest complaint was that the focus of the story was on dating and relationships, and he assumed from the title it would be mostly tied in to Star Wars.

    This is a popular series so I assume our experience is an anomaly, but wanted to share our thoughts in case you have a kid who doesn't like relationship drama, or like me want to find books you both enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 10-27-13
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Liked it more than the rating"

    I would probably give the overall rating a 3.5. This was a cute, sweet story about a group of school kids with one social outcast. It is charming because it reminded me of what kids are like at that age. This book is really aimed at kids, and while I enjoyed it - I don't think I was in the mood for a young adult/kids book. I have recommended this book to my friends who are parents. I think this would be a good book to listen to with kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal California 02-18-12
    Crystal California 02-18-12 Member Since 2004

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    "6th Graders Love This!"

    After listening to this story I decided to have my reluctant readers read it together. They love it! After each chapter the students write done the main idea of the chapter, and make a comment. Their comments are on the advice that was given by Origami Yoda. Sometimes they come up with alternative solutions. They can relate to the story because they are in 6th grade just like the characters in the book. We are even doing origami together. Eventually we will try to create Origami Yoda. They are very interested in reading Darth Paper next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura G. Mills 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The story did not draw you in."
    Would you try another book from Tom Angleberger and/or the narrators?

    I doubt it. The story just did not draw the listener in. I was disappointed.


    Would you recommend The Strange Case of Origami Yoda to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Okay


    Did The Strange Case of Origami Yoda inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Kimberly 08-20-12
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    "Interesting... kids liked it"

    This is a good book for elementary and middle schoolers. It presents an inventive way to tackle subjects and concerns for that age group. Listening to the story, I don't think kids would understand right off that they are being given advice on how to handle that stage of life, and all of the ordinary but uncomfortable things they face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 02-08-12
    Lizzy WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would mention that I read it. I would not recommend that someone else needs to reads this however.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Too many narrators.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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