Monday

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The CYBILS winners have been announced and I can finally talk about Origami Yoda!  I really thought it would be the winner, only threatened by Kneebone Boy.  I wanted to say, "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is going to win" in my last CYBILS post, but that wouldn't have been fair! I'm re-reading it tomorrow with five adorable seventh grade boys (no, that's not an oxymoron!) as part of our school-wide book clubs (topic for another post, perhaps). Congratulations to all the CYBILS winners!

Anyway, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.....

Here's the blurb I wrote as a CYBILS panelist:

"There are kids all over McQuarrie Middle School who believe Origami Yoda can tell the future. Others think he's just a stupid finger puppet made by the 6th grade's biggest loser, Dwight. Tommy HAS to know the truth. He has to know if Origami Yoda is real before he makes a complete fool of himself. Tommy reasons that Origami Yoda MUST be the real thing because there is no way a loser like Dwight could ever offer such great advice. Still, what if he takes Origami Yoda's advice and makes a fool of himself? In order to find out, Tommy opens a case file where his classmates explain their experiences with Origami Yoda's Jedi-like advice. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda will delight readers. It's filled with humor, great characters, a unique plot and the occasional glimpse of the force at work. Read it, you must."