Angleberger, T. (2010). The strange case of Origami Yoda. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books.
This is the first book in the Origami Yoda series which consists of five books and an activity book. This first book in the series is presented as a series of case files maintained by Tommy and two of his friends and written by various classmates evaluating the advice they were given by Origami Yoda. Tommy is trying to determine if Origami Yoda actually has any magic powers or if it is just their classmate Dwight, the creator of Origami Yoda, messing with them. Most of the class think Dwight can’t possibly be responsible for the good advice Origami Yoda gives because he is an odd kid. He is determined to figure out if Origami Yoda is a fact or fraud before the upcoming school dance because Origami Yoda told him he should ask the girl he likes to dance. While the friends never determine if Dwight is messing with them or if Origami Yoda really has mystic powers Tommy does follow his advice, gets to dance with his crush, and becomes better friends with Dwight. This book is for readers age 8-12 and is particularly well suited for readers in the sixth grade like the class in the book though it is also great for kids preparing to enter middle school. While the book does seem more suited towards boys due to the cover art and Star Wars references it is great for both girls and boys featuring case files from classmates of both genders and focusing on school events all middle school kids can relate to, anxiety about school dances, trouble in P.E., and even dealing with bullies.
This book would be a great tie in for a craft event at the library were patrons can make their own origami figures including Origami Yoda. It would also be a great book for discussion where readers could weigh in on what they think of Origami Yoda’s powers and Dwight’s weird behavior.
Origami Yoda Cover Art and Folding instructions are from: origamiyoda.com