Saturday, February 19, 2011


THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA is the winner for the Middle Grade Fiction Cybils Award.  After reading it this evening, I agree it will most likely be a winner with the middle grade students in my classroom.

Can an origami finger puppet predict the future and give reliable advice?  That's the question Tommy is trying to answer. 

Tommy attempts to question his fellow students and get them to tell their experiences with Origami Yoda.  Many of them have sought his wisdom and advice, but they don't all agree that his magic is for real.

Tommy's classmate Dwight is weird.  Everyone knows Dwight always gets in trouble, gets failing grades in just about every class except math, and picks his nose constantly.  When Dwight shows up at school with an origami finger puppet that looks like Yoda from the Star Wars movies, their first reactions are negative.  That negativity begins to change when the advice the little paper Yoda gives seems to often produce positive results.

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger is filled with personal accounts and student reactions to Origami Yoda's sage advice.  Readers are in for a treat as Tommy's classmates share stories about typical middle school experiences with a touch of Yoda magic.

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