Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Written by: Tom Angleberger

First line: The big question: Is origami Yoda real?

Why you should read this book: Tommy and his friends might not be the coolest kids in middle school, but they're working on at least trying to look cool, unlike Dwight, who picks his nose, wears the same shirt for a month, and has lately taken to wearing an origami puppet of Jedi Master Yoda on his finger, through which mouthpiece he offers the wisdom of the ages in a bad approximation of a Yoga voice. The thing is, even though Dwight is a lost cause, Origami Yoda has some brilliant things to say on the subject of boy/girl interaction, repairing the mistakes of the past, and why modern kids should learn the hottest dance craze of the 1960s. Tommy, confused as to whether he should accept Origami Yoga's advice, compiles firsthand accounts from the kids in his class detailing the results of their interaction with Origami Yoda, and tries to analyze them scientifically.

Why you shouldn't read this book: No patience for the shenanigans of Asperger's kids.

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