Thursday, June 25, 2015

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

Reviewed by: Kimball, age 15

These books get better as they go on, and even though it's targeted at a young audience the message is a powerful one. This book is the one where the series begins to examine our education system and the corruption in school boards. This book will make you want to be more involved in your school's affairs. Kids should have a say in their own education.

Genre: fiction

Setting: McQuarrie Middle School


It's the dawn of a new era as seventh grade begins. But not the one anyone was expecting. Origami Yoda should be able to help people get through the school year and everything will be awesome. But then a new puppet appears-- wielded by Origami Yoda's nemesis, Harvey Cunningham. When Origami Yoda says something that gets Dwight signed up for long-term suspension and reassignment to a correctional/remedial facility, Darth Paper makes sure that everything Tommy says to defend Dwight and prove his innocence is torn down by Harvey's cynical, coldly logical dark side rebuttals. If Tommy can't convince the school board that Origami Yoda didn't mean what he said the way they take it to, then Darth Paper will rule the school.

Themes: take a stand, beware the dark side, everything happens for a reason

Recommended Age: 8 and up

Full Disclosure:

I would not advise dating before sixteen, but this book portrays it favorably.

Rating: 4 stars

Other Books:  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

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