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IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CASE FILE WITHOUT ORIGAMI YODA?With Dwight suspended, McQuarrie Middle School is missing its most famous attendee: origami Yoda. And no Yoda means no case file mystery to solve. But just as Tommy wonders if he'll ever find anything interesting to write about again, something BIG happens. Something BIG and HAIRY. It's a Fortune Wookiee, a paper fortIS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CASE FILE WITHOUT ORIGAMI YODA?With Dwight suspended, McQuarrie Middle School is missing its most famous attendee: origami Yoda. And no Yoda means no case file mystery to solve. But just as Tommy wonders if he'll ever find anything interesting to write about again, something BIG happens. Something BIG and HAIRY. It's a Fortune Wookiee, a paper fortune teller in the form of Chewbacca. Sara brings it to school as a gift from Dwight, and it seems to give advice that's just as good as Yoda's. Mysterious it is!Tommy, Kellen, and Harvey are on the case. and when their classmates start having strange "Dwight Sightings" (sightings of Dwight in which he is Yoda-less and acting WAY too normal), the boys have TWO mysteries to solve. The closer they get, the more possible it seems that origami Yoda will be back......

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ISBN : 9781419703928
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Number of Pages : 202 Pages
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The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2018-11-16 06:01

    How can you have one of Tom Angleberger’s delightful Origami Yoda books without Dwight Tharp — or especially Origami Yoda? Genius that he is, Angleberger found a way!The thus-far irrepressible Dwight has been expelled from McQuarrie Middle School and is now at Tibbet Academy, leaving Tommy Lomax and the gang behind. Adrift without the Jedi wisdom, the seventh-graders turn to the Fortune Wookiee, a substitute Dwight has given his neighbor Sarah Bolt. The Fortune Wookiee can’t speak himself, but his yelps and howls are translated by Hans Foldo, yet another puppet. The Fortune Wookiee’s advice is nearly as good as Origami Yoda’s, but McQuarrie’s dark-side Harvey is as skeptical as ever of the Force.Meanwhile, Dwight, who once marched to his own drummer, has become “normal” — alarming his McQuarrie friends, especially his best friends Tommy, Sarah, and sort-of-girlfriend Caroline Broom. He no longer turns to Origami Yoda, says “purple,” or even speaks much at all. Can Dwight really be happy with his new persona? So for the third time, Tommy compiles a collection of case studies to try to make sense of all of these changes, and the result — The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee — is just as charming, touching, and, as Kellen Campbell would phrase it, Jedi-wise as the two previous books, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. While aimed squarely at the middle-grade and middle-school sets, any adult who doesn’t enjoy The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee just doesn’t remember the rollercoaster emotions of seventh grade. Once again, I was lucky enough to listen to the audiobook, with its perfect cast of narrators, which proved to be the icing on a most delicious cake.

  • Colby Sharp
    2018-11-25 23:09

    Books like this are what the Nerdy Book Club is all about: well written, kid friendly, fun, deep.

  • Carmen
    2018-12-12 00:54

    What the Fett?*How did I go from being mildly annoyed with this series to laughing out loud while reading it?Thank Jabba* I didn't ditch this after the first book!The kids at school are feeling Dwight's absence keenly. Luckily, Dwight has made up a little origami Chewbacca fortune teller to guide the students on their correct path. First you tell the Wookie what your favorite Star Wars Episode is, and then your favorite character from the movies. Then he answers in Shyriiwook** and Sara translates for him. It turns out he gives pretty great advice!Also, Sara makes a little Han Solo origami, which she christens Han Foldo, to get in on the fun.There's some great subplots here, including, but not limited to: the school cutting all funding for liberal arts in order to "focus on the basics" and teach to the test; the principal banning the use or making of origami in any place in the school except the library; and Dwight being turned "normal" by his horrifyingly cheerful and supportive new school.Will Dwight escape the "Attack of the Clones?" Or will he become a clone himself? Will Rhodella and Kellan ever start dating? Can Harvey stop being such a jerk?Sweet, funny, smart and with a generous helping of Star Wars humor and references, I was in Cloud City reading this little gem of a book. Great work, Angleberger!P.S. The drawings are still ugly.*Both these expressions are used in the book and I LOVED THEM. So cool. :)**Wookie speak

  • Jesika
    2018-11-25 04:17

    Tom Angleberger could have rested on the laurels of his unique premise. He could have pumped out book after book where Origami Yoda solves various middle-school -type problems while Tommy and the gang wonder if Origami Yoda is real or just a creation of Dwight. It’s such an interesting concept that many fans (myself included) would have read many reiterations of “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” before getting tired and moving on. To Tom Angleberger’s credit, he didn’t do that. Each book in the series develops the characters, moves them through time and ups the narrative ante.“The Secret of the Fortune Wookie” finds Dwight suspended from McQuarrie Middle School for a semester and attending Tippett Academy, a private school. Tommy and friends feel lost without Origami Yoda to give advice, but then Sara shows up with Chewbacca ,the fortune telling cootie catcher, and Han Foldo, Chewie’s interpreter. Chewie and Han are solving all kinds of problems, but everyone still misses Dwight (well, maybe not Harvey). Reports out of his new school are sounding very Un-Dwight: he’s not getting in trouble, carrying around Origami Yoda or being weird. The kids must decide if Dwight is starting to fit into his new school or if there is something wrong. Should they be happy for Dwight or try and save him?The series improves with each book because, as I’ve said, the characters grow and deepen. This is especially true in the relationship between the sexes. In “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda“, one of Tommy’s questions to Origami Yoda was how he could dance with Sara at the dance. In “Fortune Wookie,” Tommy and Sara have become good friends that interact frequently and comfortably, though they are not dating. Sara carries a large part of the plot and not just as an object of Tommy’s desire. It’s wonderful to see a kid’s book that shows how crushes work with fully realized characters and not just sticking girl characters in as a goal for the male characters to reach.The most interesting interaction is between Kellen and his longtime crush, Rhondella. (view spoiler)[ Sara confesses to Tommy that she and her friends made the Fortune Wookie, not Dwight, as a way to tell Kellen nicely that Rhondella wasn’t interested in him. When Tommy gets upset, saying that Kellen has like Rhondella since the third grade, Sara replies that Kellen likes the ‘idea’ of the third grade Rhondella and doesn’t know anything about the 7th grade Rhondella. Important points made: 1. If you like someone, even if it has been for a long time, he/she is not obligated to like you back. 2. You have to like the actual person- not some idealized version. I was so happy these points were spelled out so clearly (too bad not to Kellen) because a lot of young adult books setup a hunter/hunted relationship between girls and boys. Boy sees girl and wants her (yet knows nothing about her) and pursues her despite her ambivalence or flat out rejection until she relents. What kind of relationship is that? I hope young readers of this book really think about why Rhondella rejected Kellen and not just think she’s a jerk. There are several budding relationships in this series: Tommy and Sara, Dwight and Caroline. These relationships are progressing because the participates not only like each other but because they interact frequently, are friends and share similar interests. This provides a good antithesis to Kellen’s crush on Rhondella. I hope young readers notice this and think about it.(hide spoiler)]“The Secrete of the Fortune Woookie” is a fun and funny book that deals with many issues that middle schoolers face. If there is one drawback, is that it is esoteric. The series couldn‘t be a classroom read without a viewing of the Star Wars trilogy and it‘s prequels. While people who haven’t seen Star Wars *can* read it, the book loses much of it’s humor and would probably be confusing. For Star Wars fans, the books are endless fun. There are references to the movies and books in obvious and less obvious places. (The names of the schools McQuarrie and Tippett refer to the designer/illustrator and visual effects designer of the Star Wars movies.) Can you find them all?Even though I am not a in middle school, I am a Star Wars fan and an Origami Yoda fan! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  • paula
    2018-11-21 05:09

    I swear these just keep getting better. The current crisis at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School is... how will everyone get by without the guidance of Origami Yoda, now that Dwight has transferred to fancy Tippett Academy? And by the way, what is going ON with Dwight? Reports are filtering in that he is no longer digging holes and sitting in them, speaks in complete sentences, and, strangest of all, has stopped bringing Origami Yoda to school!While Origami Yoda was about accepting and appreciating Dwight and his weirdness, and Darth Paper was about accepting - while not exactly appreciating - Harvey's oblivious jerkiness, each book also has seen the kids gradually gaining consciousness of how their actions affect other people. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee continues this progress, in a way that I can't reveal without spoiling the Fortune Wookiee's actual Secret.All this growth in emotional intelligence is delivered in a way that is subtle as hell, though, and conveyed with so much humor that no child will put down this book feeling like he has been Shown How To Be A Better Person. BONUS: Han FoldoSEQUEL I CAN'T WAIT FOR: At the end of Fortune Wookiee, we get some big news about big changes afoot at McQuarrie Middle, and I am going to LOVE seeing Tommy, Kellen, Sara, Rhondella, Harvey, Quavondo, Cassie, Remi, Amy, Tater Tot, Lance, Dwight, and even stuck-up Brianna band together to take down the Evil Teaching To the Test Curriculum. I also can't wait to see the Star Wars puns Tom Angleberger will come up with for standardized testing.

  • Holly
    2018-11-15 23:08

    "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." Everyone misses Dwight at McQuarrie Middle School. With no Origami Yoda, Sara shows up with Fortune Wookie and Hans Foldo. She says Dwight threw them to her out his bedroom window. Tommy starts another case file to investigate whether or not the advice Fortune Wookie doles out is real. Meanwhile, everyone is concerned about Dwight at his new school. He is totally boring! Origami Yoda is in a picture frame at his house, he never gets in trouble, doesn't repeatedly say purple or sit in holes, and no one picks on him. He claims he's completely happy about how he's being accepted at Tippett Academy. Caroline doesn't believe he's happy, and Tommy tries to convince him to come back. As with the other books in the series, there are many words of wisdom along with the entertaining exploits of the kids and staff at McQuarrie. This one ends with a big problem. All the specials have been eliminated and replaced with FUNdamentals, a state test preparatory program. Looking forward to the next installment of this brilliant series!

  • Kaethe
    2018-11-27 04:08

    The series overall remains strong. The art direction is excellent, with all the illustrations and different handwriting, and of course, the fortune telling wookie on the cover. Dwight is now at a new school, and Tommy's trying to find out how he's doing. Other kids are dealing with lesser issues (how to get out of eating the Big Pink at Thanksgiving). But Rabbski the principal is up to something...and then this volume is just over.No doubt there are good reasons for ending it where he did, but it felt like less than a full book. I am left wanting more just to finish this story.Library copy.

  • Maximilian Lee
    2018-12-12 03:23

    😀This book started out with Tommy saying how boring it is without Dwight and origami Yoda and why there is no reason to make a case file without him. But, like...a DAY later, Sara made a fortune Wookie and everyone believed in it (she also made Han Foldo)😀. It was going pretty well until Harvey noticed that the fortune Wookie had 9 answers but, it only had 8 flaps, so the fortune Wookie turned out to be fake. Meanwhile Dwight turned out to be NOT wearing his origami Yoda puppet anymore so Tommy went over to Dwight's house to see him. Dwight told Tommy that his mom told him not to open the door so Tommy went through the doggy door😀. It turned out that Dwight told everybody in his class how to make origami Yoda so Dwight didn't need his origami Yoda anymore (the OTHER origami Yodas made REALLY bad advice like"fast and sloppy you may write, take off points Nelson does not" and "many abbreviations you may use, read the whole thing Nelson does not,hmm?" and "Write sentences in front of TV I do, thinking is required not"). Sorry that shouldn't have been in parenthesis, I mean that WAS bad advice right? Anyways, Dwight didn't want to go back to McQuarrie so Tommy gave Dwight the "Dwight File" with a bunch of people saying that Dwight is awesome so Dwight decided that he loved McQuarrie again😀. So, well ...............that's it! Until the next book...........(that is NOT funny 😠). (REALLY not funny 😠)

  • Leah
    2018-11-30 03:00

    This was a fun and funny story. I would have like more Origami Yoda and Dwight, but I did enjoy Fortune Wookie (Chewbacca) and Han Foldo. Those were the funniest parts. I liked that even though this story was quite silly there was still a lesson to be learned with what happened to the characters, notably Harvey. I probably should have started with the first book. Although, the important points were covered in this book, which was nice for readers like myself that skipped the first two books, so I didn't feel lost while reading this book.

  • Lisa Godfrees
    2018-11-20 03:22

    Have you heard of origami yoda? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out. I know these books are more for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid audience, but if you are a Star Wars fan of any age, you will love these books. And they’re not just for boys either – my daughter likes them, as do I. Let’s face it, Star Wars is for everyone. :)Anyway, I just finished this book tonight with my daughter and we are already looking forward to the next installment, Art2-D2 coming March 2013.So what’s the theology skinny on these books?Theology: Look to the force you shouldGod is not discussed in any way, shape, or form in these novels. The kids look to these origami characters for advice, some might consider it prophesy or fortune telling (I don’t personally). So some parents might have concerns. If you’re the kind of parent that didn’t want your kids to read Harry Potter because it was about witchcraft, then you probably won’t like these books for your kids either. But we’re not talking ouija boards or the occult here, we’re talking about a creative expression of kid wisdom. It’s a fun read with a lot of Star Wars references, and I don’t worry that my daughter is going to seek spiritual guidance from folded paper. Don’t take it from me, read it and decide for yourself if you’re worried.Rating: GThe only profanity looks like this – #$%&!!!. Good, family friendly fun. Nothing to worry about.Social IssuesThe themes in this book are individualism vs. conformity. Acceptance for who you are, not who people think you are. There is some fun poked at ridiculous school administration initiatives and teachers that don’t ‘get it.’ The library is the only cool place to hang out (because the librarian is cool, of course).This is the third book in a series. So you might want to check out the first two before you read this one. They are all good reads. And with origami instructions at the back of the books, how can you go wrong?

  • Lego Robot Ninja
    2018-12-01 04:07

    Mum: So, first things first: how many stars?LRN: Four. Usually my reviews are five stars, but this book had one thing that was bad. Mum: Yeah? What?LRN: Two whole pages were crammed with...the page was called "I was right" and the page just going on and on and on with "I was right".Mum: Okay, so what's the plot? Is Dwight, the weird kid with the Origami Yoda in the first couple of books, still working his oracular magic?LRN: No, apparently he's at this new school, and he's gotten so good he doesn't bring his fortune teller to school.Mum: So who has the fortune wookiee? [Editorial comment: the fact that Angleberger spells wookiee right is awesome]LRN: Sara, Tommy's "girlfriend".Mum: Why the air quotes?LRN: Because they haven't gone on a date or anything. Mum: Anything else you want to say?LRN: There's also another finger puppet: Han Foldo. Mum: Snort.LRN: He basically translates the Fortune Wookiee.Mum: Because the gag is that the Fortune Wookiee only speaks in grunts and noises, right? Like this:LRN: Sort of like that. More like "WUG!" or "MUUURRGH!!"Mum: Gotta love the non-standard comic noises. Who would you recommend this to?LRN: My friend Nico, who has read the first two origami books, but not this one. Mum: Should we end with your origami creations? LRN: You know what they say? End it with a bang.Mum: Word.

  • Morgan Norsen
    2018-12-06 05:03

    Tom Anglbergers's third installment in the Origami Yoda series, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, is packed with another case file and mystery to be solved. This time Dwight has gone to a new school and "supposedly" left behind this fortune Wookie. Is the force really with this one, or is it all a trick? See Tommy, Sara, Kellen, and Harvey all face new dilemma's and test the advice given by the Fortune Wookie. Read along and wait to find out if Dwight will ever come back from his new school and if he does will he be the same? I really enjoyed this installment in the series because the students really start to understand and appreciate just how different Dwight is/was. I also enjoyed the little twist at the end... all I will say is "Girl Power." The way the author tied in the reality of schools cutting programs for testing purposes was unique. The effects this will have on the characters will be intriguing to see in the next novel. Read book you will, lessons you will learn, 5 stars you will give.

  • PaulHankins
    2018-11-15 04:57

    I love this third installment of the Origami Yoda franchise. Noah and I read the ARC of the original, sent to us by Teresa Rolfe Kravtin on our way to Disney World a couple of years ago. Since then, we have had these books that we share together, getting excited as the release dates arrive. Noah (12) gobbles these books up and he reaches heroic status when he shows up at school with the latest book.In The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, Angleberger sends us back to the Lucasfilm vaults to check some of the references to characters we might of missed in the first viewing. I love the quirky, unapologetic nerdiness that this research must require. There's a whole new cast of fold-ables in this new one. So get ready for a table full of folding paper and Sharpie markers. Tom, bring on the fourth book, you will.

  • Arsh M
    2018-11-22 23:00

    Right now I am reading the book The Secret of Fortune Wokiee by Tom Angleberger. I think its a good book because it has funny chapters.Each time I read I can't take my eyes of it and want to read it all day. I'm at the part where a kid named Mike needs help but a Fortune Wokiee but all Fortune Wokiee does is growl. I think the author does a good job explaining how McQuarrie Middle School can face their problems without Dwight and origami Yoda. I think this book is going to be good because the first book got a badge and won the bluebonnet contest.My Favorite character is Fortune Wokiee because he is funny. I can't wait to finish this book.I recommend this book to you if you like humor.

  • Cameron G.
    2018-11-13 05:21

    I recently finished the book The Secret of The Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger. When Dwight leaves McQuarie Middle school and takes advice-giving origami yoda with him, the rest of his old school doesn't know what decisions to make when Dwight's friend Sarah comes up with an idea. She folds a fortine teller, makes it look like a Wookie(from Star Wars), and claims that it has origami yodas's "magic" of predicting the future and giving advice. I like this book because of the funny cast of character and how un-expected twists happen. I can relate to the main character Tommy because he is funny and likes Star Wars. I would recomend this to whoever likes witty, funny books.

  • Paul
    2018-12-12 05:21

    I thought this was a great book. I thought this because, it had a lot of drama, and more different characters so it made the book more intresting. If there were no new characters, I wouldn't read as many books as I do now.

  • Sylvia
    2018-11-29 02:16

    Hilarious. Looking forward reading one of Tom Angleberger's other origami Star Wars books

  • Josiah
    2018-11-26 05:02

    One might look at The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, or any of the books in Tom Angleberger's enormously successful Origami Yoda series, and on first impression assume they are all about humor. That impression would not be accurate, however. There is an ample amount of humor in the books, for sure, but Tom Angleberger never makes a story without utilizing the full palette of literary colors, mixing shades of middle-school wisdom, intriguing plot design and spot-on characterization to paint a complete novel, not lacking in any regard. Picking up where Darth Paper Strikes Back ended, with Dwight Tharp suspended for the rest of the semester and assigned to attend another school until he's allowed back, we find even Dwight's closest friends having doubts about whether or not it's best for Dwight to retain his somewhat eccentric personality. Dwight himself may have doubts, which makes it all the more important for Tommy to start putting together another case file to help arrive at some answers, especially when a new origami Star Wars finger puppet enters the scene. When Tommy's girlfriend, Sara, shows up to school with an origami Chewbacca (actually a kirigami Chewbacca, since it's formed out of multiple, cut sheets of paper) made to be used as a traditional cootie catcher fortune teller, it looks as if the craziness at McQuarrie Middle School isn't about to end because Dwight is temporarily out of action. Kirigami Chewbacca can't communicate on his own, though, since he speaks only in grunts, moans and low wails. He needs a sidekick, and who better to play the part than Sara's new origami creation, Han Foldo? Of course, Chewbacca and Han Foldo have more than just Sara's wisdom to back their advice. It was Dwight who gave Chewbacca to Sara, she announces to Tommy and the gang. That must mean the mysterious force which allowed Origami Yoda to dispense its pearls of wisdom in the past has now been delegated to Chewbacca, at least until Dwight is able to return to McQuarrie. The idea seems a reasonable one when Chewbacca quickly proves as trustworthy as Origami Yoda had been, fixing problems and presenting the truth even when there is no quick fix to be had. Harvey is as skeptical as ever, making it his mission to decry Sara's Chewbacca to anyone who will listen and prove the kirigami wookiee is nothing but a charade, but results speak for themselves. The advice being dispensed by the fortune wookiee is too good to believe it's all a trick.Might there be more to the existence of the kirigami wookiee, however, than Tommy or his friends have guessed, despite Chewbacca's impressive track record? While Tommy and the others work to figure out the secret of the fortune wookiee, Dwight's situation at his new school is becoming increasingly stranger. The same idiosyncrasies for which he was routinely punished at McQuarrie are considered no problem at all in the new school, and are often even encouraged by the faculty. In fact, the other students in Dwight's homeroom have all made their own Yoda finger puppets, further marginalizing Dwight's Origami Yoda. Surrounded by students ambivalent to asking for Origami Yoda's advice and not inclined to follow its wisdom when offered, Dwight has shown a rapid trend toward behavior that for most would be considered normal, but for him is the exact opposite. What is really behind Dwight's willingness to shed everything that makes him special and act like a drone, when his friends at McQuarrie know there is so much more to him? If Tommy can't get to the root of the problem quickly enough, it could mean a permanent goodbye to Dwight, who is considering staying at his new school even after the suspension at McQuarrie has been lifted. Can Tommy find the right combination of words to let Dwight know there's no substitute for being who he truly is, even when being that person so often brings trouble into his life?If there's a main point around which this story is centered, it's the words of kirigami Chewbacca as translated by Han Foldo on page one hundred forty-two, in response to Harvey's query about why people think him to be a jerk. "Not everyone speaks Wookiee," Han Foldo responds, which I think answers more than Harvey's personally specific inquiry. So much of the reason Harvey clashes with his peers is his driving need to prove he's right and everyone else is wrong, and to Harvey that's normal because it's what he feels the need to do. The other kids see it as annoying, rude, and sometimes even mean, but Harvey has a difficult time seeing it their way because proving himself right is simply part of his mental makeup. This sort of dissonance is, generally speaking, the larger reason for so much miscommunication and so many instances of hurt feelings between people, I believe. The way we look at the world differs from the way our friends and peers see it, and that disconnect accounts for boatloads of pain. If we would take it to heart to remember the truth that "Not everyone speaks Wookiee," it might do us a lot of good in our dealings with others. It could even help us understand the reactions of others who think us peculiar for being who we are, as hard as such unfair ridicule still may be to endure. This may also be the key for Tommy in trying to restore the Dwight everyone knows, especially if he can persuade Dwight to let the original Origami Yoda back into the picture to dispense one more round of advice. There's more to who we are as people than the perceptions of outsiders and trying to fit in with those perceptions. As Yoda says, "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter."I'm partial to Tom Angleberger's writing, and might consider two and a half stars for The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee. More noticeably than in the first two books of the series, this one leads directly to the plot of the next, giving us a preview of what's likely to happen and setting the stage for the biggest Origami Yoda showdown yet. I look forward to the fourth book, and I recommend The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee to everyone who has had a good time so far with the first two volumes in the series.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-15 23:19

    Such a fun series. It focuses on the theme of empathy, but there's plenty of gross humor and a variety of characters to appeal to a variety of readers. Book five is the best, imo, because it gets really wise, as the kids learn that adults are people too. Book six is odd - like someone got called in from the bench to write it for Tom. But if you don't stop after book one, you'll want to read them all, and to do so in order. (This review copied to all.)

  • Melody Riggs
    2018-12-05 06:06

    Cute story. Great for Star Wars fans and reluctant readers.

  • AIDEN HOLBROOK
    2018-11-25 04:22

    In the third installment of the “Origami Yoda series” Dwight is expelled and attends Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own—no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the horrible events of their middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight,a paper fortune, teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s, even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It’s up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it’s in his weirdness that his greatness lies. I really enjoyed the humor and the writing style of this book and if you love humor you should definitely pick this book up too

  • Brian Jr
    2018-11-28 22:06

    It was awesome and actually pretty funny.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2018-12-09 22:22

    Sometimes books can break cardinal writing rules and still get published. Of those, a few are of high enough quality to prove to the world that rules can and should be broken. Unfortunately, others such as The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger prove the opposite.One cardinal rule is not to start with the back story. The reason? Readers don’t yet have a reason to care for the main character and so even the smallest account of the main character’s past will bore them. In The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, Angleberger dedicates not just the first paragraph or the first page but the entire first chapter to an introduction of Dwight. He’s a character who apparently got suspended in the second book and has since switched schools, taking his Origami Yoda with him. While Dwight is an integral character in the lives of other main characters, and does eventually figure more in the current story, at this point he’s a character in absentia. Moreover, his origami and the related case files are meaningless to me. At this point I’m thinking: Who cares?Another cardinal rule is to introduce an interesting conflict as soon as possible. I guess one could quibble here about how interesting of a problem it is that Dwight has switched schools, his old friends are bored, and Tommy needs to start a case file without him. Maybe it’s not these scenarios that are dull, but rather Angleberger’s execution of them. Dwight is apparently the only one who can keep Tommy and his friends from doing dumb stuff. He’s also the only reason they have anything worth doodling about. Oh, and they’re now too scared to talk to girls. One of the group members, Harvey, still has a tongue but he’s always just loud and rude. Tell you what, by the end of the first chapter, I’m starting to feel as if at a slumber party where everyone is a little overtired, sounding whiny and weird, but no one has the sense to sleep. If I’d read the books in order, then maybe my preexisting affection for these characters would have seen me through. But because I started with the third book, I had no affection, just annoyance. Even worse, I’m still thinking: Who cares?A third cardinal rule, and the last I’ll cover in this review, is to stick to one point of view. Okay, let me modify that to say that one can write a story from multiple viewpoints but only if one can create clearly distinguishable characters. I’ll give Angleberger credit that first, whenever he switches viewpoints, he also starts a new chapter. Second, the first few chapters are mostly from Tommy’s viewpoint and so I finally started to feel comfortable with him. After that, though, almost every chapter is told from the perspective of a different character, which meant half the time I’d reach the end of a chapter and have to refer back to the start to know who the heck the story was about. After a while I developed the habit of checking for this info at the front of every new chapter, but that still didn’t make me feel any less frustrated. At least most of these later stories were interesting enough that I did finally start to care.To end on a positive note, I did appreciate Angleberger’s message. Remember how I said that Dwight would eventually figure into the story more? Well, turns out that Dwight has fit into his new school too well, to the point that he is almost perfect. He does everything his parents tell him to do, never argues with his peers, and spends most of his time doing homework. His friends intervene to help him escape, because they miss the weird and wacky Dwight. Many teens have inner quirks which they’re afraid to share. Angleberger offers reassurances that it’s okay to be different. I just wish that this message had been contained a more engaging package.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-11-24 05:19

    When Dwight created Origami Yoda, he convinced almost every one of his classmates that he could actually summon the Force to get Yoda to help them with their problems. Now, with Dwight at a new school, everyone is at a loss - that is, until Sara shows up at school with Fortune Wookiee. She claims that Dwight, who has otherwise been acting strange, threw him to her from his window, and that he intends him to be used in the same was as Yoda, to answer important life questions. Because Fortune Wookiee only speaks in grunts and roars, Sara also creates Han Foldo to be his interpreter. Before long, another case file is underway, once again trying to determine the legitimacy of an origami Star Wars creation’s abilities to solve middle school problems.This series has such a great premise, it’s no wonder that kids eat these books up. Kids love Star Wars, and most kids are intrigued by origami, even if they have never folded any. This third book in the series manages to keep things interesting by taking Dwight out of the equation and letting the girls have a chance to sort of be in control and set the tone for the wookiee’s questions and answers. (I’m sure this is why Angleberger chose a fortune teller for the paper folding technique this time - those things are always so popular among girls!) This shift gives the series a chance to try something new, and introduces new story possibilities into the already-established universe. The case file also does a nice job of gathering basic clues that careful readers can piece together to figure out the twist at the end of the story.As in the previous books of the series, I still had a hard time managing the huge cast of characters. Some characters like Dwight and Murky have such quirky personalities that they’re easy to remember, but others are just names to me, or styles of handwriting, and I find them to be somewhat interchangeable. I realize that the illustrations do give us a hint as to what the characters look like, which might help a more visual reader, but I don’t tend to spend much time on illustrations if there’s text to be read, so those faces are just as meaningless to me as the names. I wish there were more textual cues to the different personalities - that’s the one thing that is lacking in each of these books. The plot is interesting, and the case file contributions are interesting, but the characters feel flat and I can’t connect with them emotionally.Still, though, I’m dying to know what happens next, and I was thrilled to see Yoda’s message on the final page of the book: “The end this is? Way no!”

  • Karol Sigda
    2018-11-15 23:21

    ** WARNIG SPOiLERS AHEAD ** Hey did you miss me? No? Well time for a realistic fiction book review. Also I am anoncing that this is my last origami Yoda book I'm doing a book review on. It's no good reason ( my mom ).It's in McQuarrie middle school. The major events are that Dwight needs no has to go back to McQuarrie and Harvey even thinks it's a good thing that he's there because he's acting normal which is actually not him. Also his new "friends" just treat him like a class pet not a real person which is rude not nice like they say it is. But the kids back at his old school ( the main characters ) need him back at their school because they a clueless doofuses without Dwight's origami Yoda. Then Tommy ( main character ) gat convinces him to go back and well they have a new enemy called Funtime and it is really evil and expensive. Let's have some reviewers opinions. Well Harvey's a jerk. I agree with that but he actually is just misunderstood he just think he is being funny or smart or even cool. Dwight was better of at TIPPETT. I'd agree with that but it was weird that Dwight was without origami Yoda. Here are some more. Sara was mean to make a fortune Wookiee just to get Kellen unhung from Rhondella. I agree with that but it wasn't really her idea it was Rhondella's idea. The TIPPETT kids where really nice to him. I would aree with but they were just pretending. In conclusion I felt like this book was intense that's why I gave it 5 stars. As always I recommend this to all of you who like the origami Yoda books. I hope you enjoy the last origami Yoda books I'll ever do a book review on. I also hope you enjoy my book reviews on smash and if you want me to be able to actually do another book review on another origami Yoda book Peres the like button. Bye,squids,cake.

  • Sandy
    2018-11-19 06:06

    I was a little surprised when I heard that the Origami Yoda series was going to continue after Darth Paper Strikes Back. After all, it had ended pretty decisively with Dwight leaving the kids at McQuarrie for private school. How can we have Origami Yoda without Dwight? Well, in this third book in the series it becomes clear that while Origami Yoda might be gone for now, the Fortune Wookiee and Han Foldo are here to do the job in his absence. And it's still all kinds of awesome.I could nitpick a few points if I really wanted to regarding the strength of the plotting and the sensibility of the casefile format, but honestly no reader on the planet is going to care about these things. It doesn't matter because Angleberger is so darn smart and funny in his writing. If you haven't picked up this series yet, go and grab The Strange Case of Origami Yoda today!There is a very strong indication that there will be a fourth book in the series coming (I assume) sometime next year. There have been hints in his past books that Angleberger wants to talk a bit more about the school system and its flaws, and Fortune Wookiee and its impending follow-up definitely do/will get a bit more into that. I'm excited to see how Tommy, Dwight, and some Star Wars origami will save McQuarrie Middle School in the next book.

  • Ethan Williamson
    2018-12-06 00:05

    This is the third book in a series. In the previous ones a boy in middle school named Dwight made an origami yoda that used the force to give advice. In this book, Dwight is going to a new school and has taken Yoda with him. A girl named Sara shows up at school with an origami Wookiee that helps solve problems. This book is about the stories of the different people who ask the Wookiee for help. It is also about the mystery of Dwight acting not acting like his normal self.The character who showed the most change was Dwight. Dwight use to be weird. He would sit in holes, repeat the word purple, and most importantly make origami. Now he tries to be normal and not get in trouble. He is worried about fitting in and not getting made fun of, so he doesn't do any of the things he use to. His friends from his old school tell him how much they liked the old Dwight. Dwight remembers that everyone liked him better when he was Dwight do he went back to being himself. Dwight and his friends decide they want to get him back into his old school.I think this was a pretty good book. I liked how it could be really funny at times and suspenseful at others. The characters in book seemed like real people and had interesting problems for the Wookiee to help with. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes comedy. It deserves 4.5 stars out of 5.

  • David
    2018-11-15 00:11

    Yes. Tommy starts another case file, a most curious one now that Dwight is no longer at McQuarrie. These kids are very perceptive, and a new character emerges in the empty space left by Origami Yoda. Is the Fortune Wookiee for real? Is the Force still working at McQuarrie, and how is Dwight getting along at Tippet Academy. Tom Angleberger has created another mystery with plenty of good stuff and just the right amount of input from each of the gang to make for a clever and interesting read. Along the way we find out a lot more about our favorite people and the mysteries of "growing up", having friends and enemies, and being ourselves. There are things that need to get straightened out at this school, but is the Fortune Wookiee the one to do it? Does everything turn out for the best, or what?Mwrrrrgh! is all Chewbacca might have to say about that, and you'll need to ask Han Foldo what it means. There is a great page at the end of a full color Fortune Wookiee (best copied if you want to keep the book intact) and nice directions for doing the folds, thanks to Sara. My Grandson and I have been reading a chapter or two each morning before school for the past two weeks, and he has relished the jokes, interesting twists and revelations in the story. This book is a worthy continuation of the series, and a great cliffhanger ending.

  • Jess
    2018-12-13 00:06

    When I read the first book “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” I was initially unimpressed. But my husband loved the series, being a big kid at heart and encouraged me to finish the rest of the books. After reading the next books, I know understand why I didn’t like the first one so much. It’s not very good as a stand-alone story, but following these characters and their adventures into the next school year give them a chance to expand and grow. Now these kids and their story arc are more relatable. I can recall dealing with the same types of kids when I went to middle school. I know kids who act like this now. I could see my 7th grade self feeling and reacting in similar ways to these situations. (Which if I had gone to this middle school, I would have been in pig heaven because I was completely nuts for Star Wars at that age!)I adore the librarian in the first chapter who shoot down the principle by exclaiming she’s “not big on banning anything, especially in the library.” Who hoo for defending the right to read.And sorry Mike, I am judging you by saying Episode One: The Phantom Menace was your favorite film. You’re in the 7th grade, you are old enough to know better!

  • Gladys
    2018-12-01 23:18

    Tom Angleberger did it again! This book was great it had me laughing, and some times almost crying because of what was happening to Dwight. Angleberger picks up the story when Dwight leaves his former school to begin attending a new private school, which his almost girlfriend also attends, at this school Dwight is as normal as everyone else, he begins to lose who he is. Tommy, Dwight's almost best friend begins compiling a new case file when Sara one of their friends (and almost girlfriend) arrived to school with the Fortune Wookie, telling everyone that Dwight had sent it. Through the information that Tommy's gather he begins to realize that Dwight is in trouble and he needs to be made aware that everyone misses him at his former school, even Principal Rabbski! The next book from Angleberger promise to be packed with interesting things since Oragamy Yoda has predicted the beginning of a war between Rabbski and students! Can't wait to read it.