The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

   The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.

Discussion Questions

  1. Thumbs Up/Down and general thoughts about the book.
  2. What kind of person is Dwight? How do people's opinions of him change during the book?
  3. Name some of the different ways Origami Yoda helps people (water pants, baseball crying, shakespeare head, bad movie, cheetos)
  4. In the lunchroom, Tommy and his friends don't know what to do when Lance sits in Dwight's spot. What happened? What could they have done instead that would have been respectful to Dwight?
  5. On page 42 there are 10 Weird things that Dwight has done. Which things do you think was the weirdest? What's the strangest thing you've ever done? Why did you do it?
  6. Cassie breaks her teacher's Shakespeare Head. Have you ever broken or damaged something of someone else's? What did you do to fix it?
  7. What is Quavondo's other name? What mistake did Quavondo make? What could he have done with the Cheetos that would have been more fair to his classmates? What does he end up doing to clear his name, and was it worth it?
  8. What did Dwight wear to school one day that caused everyone to notice. Is it polite to tell someone about their clothing? When is it okay? Ex: TP stuck to your shoe, tag sticking up, fly is down, etc, button missing, etc.
  9. Origami Yoda predicts that there will be a pop quiz. The kids can't decide if it's cheating or not. What do you think? What would have been cheating?
  10. Dwight says nobody is nice to him except when they want to talk to Origami Yoda. Is this true? Why or Why not?
  11. What kind of person is Harvey? How does your opinion of him change as you read the book?
  12. Why did Tommy want to make a case file on Origami Yoda and why was it important for him to find out if Origami Yoda was for real or not? Because he had to make a decision on whether to risk making a fool of himself over Sara, because Origami Yoda told him to.
  14. How did the illustrations add to the story? Which was your favorite?
  15. Throughout history people have tried to predict the future. What other ways have people tried? (Horoscopes, magic 8 ball, needle spinning clockwise or counterclockwise, tea leaves, etc)