Thursday, December 13, 2012
Review: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
Today's book is The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger, the third book in the Origami Yoda series, last year's pick for middle graders.
With Dwight attended Tippett Academy now, the kids at McQuarrie are lost without Origami Yoda. That is, until Sara comes to school with the Fortune Wookiee and his interpreter, Han Foldo, both gifts from Dwight. The Fortune Wookiee's advice is working out pretty well, but then things start to not add up. Not to mention the suspicious going's-on with the elective teachers.
This is a welcome addition to a surprising nuanced series, but you need to have read the previous books in order to make sense of the plot. All the characters have appeared previously (other than a one-chapter drop-in) and the narrative thread is picked up right from where Darth Paper Strikes Back left off. That said, fans of the series won't be disappointed by two new origami (okay, technically origami) creations and a fun new case file and parents will appreciate the ongoing message that kids should embrace their differences and get a well-rounded education.
This book is recommended for fans of Star Wars, origami lovers and kids who could use some help empathizing with those who think differently than they do.
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee is published by Harry N. Abrams and retails for $12.95 (hardcover). I bought my copy. You can get yours from Left Bank Books today!