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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! is the fifth novel in Tom Angleberger's bestselling Origami Yoda series. It continues the topical plot that started in Book 4, concerning the McQuarrie Middle School students' objection to an inane test-prep course ("Fun Time!") that has replaced all of their beloved electives (art, music, drama, and Lego engineering). Star Wars characters and the Rebel Alliance become symbols of the students' mission to force their principal to restore their classes. The book offers a kid's-eye view of what happens when schools merely "teach to the test." It also includes an incident of bullying because of a student's perceived sexual orientation. Two middle schoolers come close to kissing, and two others go on a chaperoned date to Wendy's for Frosties.
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What's the story?
PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE! picks up where author Tom Angleberger's The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet left off. Taking inspiration from their beloved Star Wars, the students of McQuarrie Middle School have formed a "Rebel Alliance" to oppose the "Fun Time!" test-prep program that's replaced all their elective classes, and to force their principal, Ms. Rabbski, to restore their art, music, drama, and Lego-engineering classes. The students keep a written record of all their rebellious activities, which also include saving a poor student from ridicule over her knockoff boots and showing great, creative support for a friend who's been bullied. Somehow the children's "case file" falls into the hands of Principal Rabbski, and the students can only hope it won't spell disaster for the Rebel Alliance's fight to defeat "Fun Time."
Is it any good?
This book follows in the same vein as other Origami Yoda novels, with an entertaining use of Star Wars references, clever plot twists, and a lighthearted take on topical issues affecting education.
In this installment, the students also show their empathy for classmates who are teased and bullied. Angleberger has a wonderful ability to amuse young readers, while his characters fight the good fight for their school and their friends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about standardized tests at school. Do you get nervous before you take a big test?
How does Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! compare with other books in the series? Do you like it as much? Which is your favorite so far? Do you think the author will write more?
Try making your own Princess Leah finger puppet, using the directions at the back of the book.
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