Title: Darth Paper Strikes Back
Series: Sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Author: Tom Angleberger
ISBN: 9781419700279
Pages: 159 pages
Publisher/Date: Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, c2011.

It has all gone wrong since that first day. Now it’s October and Darth Paper has pretty much destroyed all the good Origami Yoda did last year. Now the girls don’t like us. The teachers don’t like us. Some of us don’t even like each other. […]
But it’s been even worse for Dwight. He’s been suspended from school, and the school board is going to decide if he should get sent to CREF–the Correctional and Remedial Education Facility–the school where they send the really, really bad kids, which Dwight isn’t. Amy’s older brother said the toughest, meanest, nastiest guy in his class was sent there… and got beat up! It’s kind of like Jabba’s palace, except without the alien rock band.
This would be the ultimate defeat for Origami Yoda! And we think that Darth Paper is behind it. I just find it hard to believe that even Darth Paper/Harvey could be so evil! (7-8)

Dwight, Tommy, and all their classmates are back in the sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Unfortunately, so are the teachers and the principal, who has had about enough of Dwight and his weird finger puppet. So when Yoda issues a ominious prediction to a classmate, Dwight gets suspended and may be expelled! Tommy knows that Dwight doesn’t deserve to get suspended and sets out to build another collection of stories about the good that will prove Dwight’s innocence. All the while, Harvey and his new Darth Paper puppet are vying for position as the new oracle and loving every minute, attempting to corrupt the students over to the Dark Side. Who will win this showdown?

I liked the first book well enough (although I can’t remember a whole lot of it right now), and I liked the second one just as much. These books are proof that humorous books don’t need to include butt jokes or potty humor to make them funny or appealing to kids. We get a little more information about each character, and I appreciate the realism that Angleberger brings to life with multiple characters as opposed to making it appear that there’s only half a dozen students in the room. The students suffer from a wide range of minor issues, most of which are very relatable and commonplace. This book is great brain candy for guys and it shows that even “weirdos” like Dwight have their place in life.

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