The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

Posted: September 8, 2012 in Middle school books
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The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, by Tom Angleberger

Combine the traditional Japanese art of paper folding with Star Wars and what do you get? Origami Yoda! Now add in some of the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and you have a first-person saga of life at the fictional McQuarrie Middle School that just couldn’t be interesting at all without mysteries to solve and origami characters. Actually, in this 3rd installment in the Origami Yoda series, Origami Yoda is unavailable at the beginning of the book, since Dwight was suspended from school. However, Dwight sends a fortune-telling origami Chewbacca to his friends– the Fortune Wookiee. Other origami characters include Han Foldo, and Darth Paper makes a return appearance (star of the 2nd book Darth Paper Strikes Back), and also there is Big Pink, not an origami character, but something that reminds me why I am a strict vegetarian. Directions for folding a Fortune Wookie and Han Foldo are included at the end of the book, but a plethora of information is available at the website of author Tom Angleberger, which you can find here. Doodles and drawings enhance the text, which is presented on a background that looks like it was found at the bottom of a middle-schooler’s locker. Begin with the 1st book in the series, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, if you can!


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