IT TAKES THE WISDOM OF YODA TO SURVIVED THE SIXTH GRADE
Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.
But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.
Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It’s crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda’s advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.
This is Tommy’s case file of his investigation into “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.”
I really don’t read enough Middle Grade books. Of all the ones I’ve tried lately, I’ve loved every single one of them. Sticking with my theme of trying out award nominees or winners, I thought this book looked innocent enough — I mean, how can Yoda steer me wrong?
This book was so good. I had seen it on the shelf plenty of times at both the library and the bookstore, but never took a second glance at it. I remember growing up, my brother was a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise, so I was very familiar with the characters. Who knew that the story would be so darn good?
First of all, there’s the format. The whole story is told in “case files” that Tommy keeps. There are different narrators for most of the files, each talking about their encounter with the origami Yoda, which is just that — an origami Yoda. But this Yoda seems to give really good advice. Dwight, the keeper of the Yoda (really — the Yoda is on his finger at all times), doesn’t seem to have the same good luck that other students who encounter the Yoda have. This leads Tommy to wonder why Dwight isn’t asking Yoda for advice.
Second of all, there are drawings throughout the book — little doodles of characters and things that happen. The story is humourous and light ot begin with, so this lightens it up even more! I also liked how at the end of each case file, Tommy adds a little bit of writing, as well as Harvey, who seems to be very much against the origami Yoda (who is also in the second book in the series with a paper Darth Vader).
Third of all, there is romance! Kind of. I really don’t come to expect romance in a middle grade book, since it’s more of a YA thing — in Middle Grade books, I expect the story to be more about kids coping with school, friendships, and getting comfortable in their own skin. But there is a wee bit of romance which made me happy.
Really, this book was such fun to read and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. The books are small, straightforward, and funny — easy to read in an afternoon!