Monday, August 29, 2011
USE YOU MUST THE FORCE
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK by Tom Angleberger (Amulet 2011) continues the saga of Dwight and Origami Yoda. As the novel opens, Harold, one of Dwight's classmates, is using his own origami Darth Vader to mock Dwight and Origami Yoda. A misunderstanding lands Dwight in trouble once again with the principal who is more than a little weary with Origami Yoda and Dwight. She proposes sending Dwight to a different school, one for behavior problems. Dwight asks Tommy to put together a case file to share with the school board at his hearing. Once again, Tommy and his friends come to the aid of their friend Dwight and the wise Origami Yoda. <435>
Angleberger has a good ear for dialog, especially the way middle school kids can mock one another and treat someone with compassion or with concern. The voices that are included in Tommy's case file will be familiar to those who read THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA. However, new readers will be able to jump right into this second story as well. Of course, instructions for folding a simple Yoda and then a Darth Vader are included. Here is mine (with help from Kellee Moyee) at the ALAN workshop last November.