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The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda #3) Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series, which includes The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache. Visit him online at www.OrigamiYoda.com. He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell.
Top Customer Reviews
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 should
God 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.
The only profanity looks like this - #$%&!!!. Good, family friendly fun. Nothing to worry about.
The 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).Read more ›
The language and age-appropriate vocabulary are perfect for both genders. Each chapter is an entry into a case file on the characters, who are all in seventh grade. The students do the writing and the illustrating. The imaginative illustrations add much to the page - don't skip over them, as they contain some of the best one-liners in the story.
The major conflict comes from Dwight being missing from the school. Dwight is the creator and medium for Origami Yoda. Using the Force and wisdom of the Jedi, Origami Yoda was able to find unique solutions to difficult problems for the guys. They are left to their own devices until Sara, Dwight's neighbor, brings in Chewbacca, the Fortune Wookiee. Tentatively, the group begins to use Chewie to contact the Jedi Force and make life easier. The Wookiee speaks, and Han Foldo interprets the Chewbacca wail into English. The results are not what the group is used to, to say the least.
This book explores a touching story line about being different from other kids. The author treats this topic with candor and sensitivity. All of the kids in the group have a stake in understanding how it feels to be different and special.Read more ›
"The Secret of the Fortune Wookie" manages to be an exception, however. Yes, it is very openly critical of the shortcomings of the American school system. But it remains true to the spirit of the series -- funny, witty, heartwarming, and an open and honest look at the lives of kids and preteens today. And its "message" fits in well with story without feeling crammed down the reader's throat.
Of the main cast of the previous books (Dwight, Tommy, Kellen, and Harvey) there's a notable absence -- Dwight, the eccentric creator of Origami Yoda and dispensor of cryptic but usable advice and predictions, who is now attending a private school. In his absence his next-door neighbor, Sarah, provides her own brand of advice using a modified "cootie catcher" called Chewbacca the Fortune Wookie, and a folded Han Solo puppet named Han Foldo. Naturally, Harvey sets out to prove her advice is full of hogwash, while Tommy is more interested in rumors that Dwight is unhappy in his new school... and that something dire is taking place at McQuarrie Middle School.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 8-year-old girl I gave it to thought it was "dumb", not to use the stronger word that she did.. (I love the frankness of my grandchildren!) So I read it myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Machinery's Handbook
I really like Han foldo!! He has a cool face and vest!!!!!
I really really really really like Han foldo!!! He has a cool face.
I purchased this for my 8 yr. old, incredibly bright, grandson. He absolutely loves it!Published 4 months ago by Lee Love
So with Dwight gone, there is less weirdness.(than an average origami yoda book.) I liked the kind of mystery/warning of an ending. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adam Kradel
loved the funny details and there were lots of surprises like when mr. (forgot the name) tried to take fortune wookie but the librarian saved them!! once again great book!!!!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jan Janssen