Title: Darth Paper Strikes Back
Author: Tom Angleberger
Series: Origami Yoda, #2
Date(s) read: January 26 – 27, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade humour
Source: Library (Hardcover)
NOT SUCH A LONG TIME AGO, IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL NOT SO FAR, FAR AWAY…
Something amazing happened. A weird kid named Dwight made an origami finger puppet of Yoda. (That wasn’t the amazing thing–just typical Dwight weirdness.) the amazing thing was that Origami Yoda gave great advice. He could predict the date of a pop quiz, tell a guy if a girl likes him or not, and keep kids from embarrassing themselves in a dozen different ways. Most of the sixth graders were convinced he was using the Force.
But now, a year later, it’s a dark time at McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight has been suspended and may be expelled, which means no more Origami Yoda. Even worse, Darth Paper, a puppet created by Dwight’s nemesis, Harvey, has taken Yoda’s place. He spews insults and evil and just may be responsible for getting Dwight kicked out in the first place. Now the kids of McQuarrie are trying to build a case to save Dwight. This is their case file.
Like I had said in my review of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, I need to read Middle Grade books more. Darth Paper Strikes Back, the second installment in this series, had all the charm and humour like the first book, as well as plenty of great messages for readers.
The thing I really like about these books is that they could be super silly — and in some ways they are — but they also teach readers things like compassion, how to say the right thing, and how to fight for what you believe. Origami Yoda shows the kids in McQuarrie Middle School how to be nice to one another and how not to hurt other peoples’ feelings. Of course, Darth Paper is probably the opposite and just wants bad things to happen, but that’s only because of Harvey — and Harvey plays a good Darth Paper. Continue reading