by Tom Angleberger
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Personal Evaluation: I loved all these kids. They were all so real to me, and reminded me of myself and other kids I knew when I was in middle school and brought me right back to middle school dances (in an endearing way). I found the wacky premise oddly intriguing and wanted to see what kind of advice wise Origami Yoda would give. Because I had it as a playaway and didn’t see the layout, I probably missed out on some drawings, but the structure of it as a case file was clear. There were different readers or voices for the different narrators, which was also helpful.
What might interest children: This book was really popular in my area for a while. I think the fact that Yoda is in the title, and it’s a weird title, is intriguing. The idea of the loser kid being the hero, almost against his own will (since he doesn’t even take Origami Yoda’s advice) is interesting to kids, as well as all the other social dynamics – the terror of asking someone to dance, etc. I don’t think it would be as popular for kids in playaway form as in book form, though.