A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
All of the Oragami Yoda books show younger kids what middle school's like, and include instructions for creating origami puppets.
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee maintains that it's better to be true to yourself -- weird warts and all -- than to conform to others' expectations.
Positive Role Models
Tommy continues to be loyal and thoughtful. He sets a nice example for other kids when he stands by Dwight and proves that he values his friend for his unusual qualities as well as for his excellent advice.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Boys and girls get crushes and like particular members of the opposite sex, but there's no physical contact.
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Products & Purchases
A boy has an unfortunate encounter with a Coke machine. There are lots of references to Star Wars movies and characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee is the third book in Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda series. Like The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back, it includes lots of Star Wars references, funny little line drawings, and middle-school humor. In this installment, Dwight, the creator of Book 1's original Origami Yoda finger puppet, has been sent to a private school, so with Origami Yoda unavailable, Dwight's friends at public school invent the Fortune Wookiee, another folded paper oracle to dispense advice and answer hard questions. The book depicts seventh graders disobeying rules at school and at home, and one minor gross-out scene. Even more than the previous two books, Fortune Wookiee indulges a serious Star Wars obsession. Overall, however, it's innocent, humorous fun, especially for kids who love the Star Wars movies.
Is It Any Good?
This entry continues in the same funny, charming style of Angleberger's previous Origami Yoda books, with all of Tommy and Dwight's friends adding their stories and drawings to the "case file." Angleberger's characters have an entertaining, age-appropriate sense of righteousness, and the author does a hilariously great job of poking fun at Tippett Academy, where the atmosphere is so supportive of "special" kids that they can't really be special anymore. This volume really ups the ante with Star Wars references, for good and bad, so that kids with only a passing familiarity with the films may be a little lost at times -- but not so much that they can't still enjoy Angleberger's clever, relatable characters.
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