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Darth Paper Strikes Back an Origami Yoda Book

 09/28/2011
 

In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda we met Dwight and his finger puppet Yoda. According to the casefile Dwight’s friends put together Yoda was no ordinary finger puppet. Origami Yoda gave out wise advice and seemed to be able to see into the future. (If you want to read the evidence for yourself, you’ll have to read it for yourself.)

Despite the evidence in the casebook, there is still one person at school who is NOT a true believer - Harvey - who calls Origami Yoda “that green paperwad.”

In Darth Paper Strikes Back Harvey makes a finger puppet of his own and names it “Darth Paper”. He uses it to harrass Dwight and constantly remind everyone that Origami Yoda is a hoax. When Dwight gets in trouble for something Origami Yoda says and is suspended from school, it looks like the dark side is getting the upper hand.

But the other kids aren’t ready to give up on Origami Yoda, or Dwight, just yet. They decide to make ANOTHER casebook - this time to show how much they need Dwight back in their school…and it isn’t just for Origami Yoda’s dating advice.  Author: Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Big Nate Smile Rodrick Rules
 

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Reel Life Starring Us

 09/25/2011
 

I know you’ve read this kind before - the story of the girl or girls trying to be popular or at the very least fitting in. This book is the quest for popularity…in reverse. Dina is starting a new school and is used to being liked; to being popular, at least, used to being popular enough.

This whole starting-a-new-school thing would be easier if I had a T-shirt that stated the truth, or a removable tattoo on my forehead, or something, just so peple would know: I was cool at my old school. Really, I was. Yeah, it was a private school with fifty kids in the grade. Everyone was artsy in his or her own way. And it wasn’t very cliquey. But I was cool. People liked me. Shouldn’t it be automatic that if I was someone there, I’d be someone here, too?” (pages 1-2)

After her fist day Dina finds out that it isn’t automatic and that being liked, well, it takes a lot of work. When Dina gets paired with the school queen bee Chelsea for a video project she’s sure this is her ticket into Chelsea’s group - the “in” group. But the project takes both girls to a place they never thought they’d go - up close and personal with kids they never even knew existed: the knitters, the guitar players, the t-shirt collectors, the cartoon obsessed, and the kid who is compelled to arrive at school every morning at 7:43am. Exactly.  And this new place, this other place, it’s really pretty interesting. The girls take a good hard look at what cool is and are surprised at what they find. Author: Lisa Greenwald

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My Life in Pink and Green Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes The Cupcake Queen The Popularity Papers #2
 

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Septimus Heap #6: Darke

 09/22/2011
 

Darke

In this his sixth book, Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh, is fourteen. He’s been training now for four years with Marcia, the Extraordinary wizard, and he’s ready for his ultimate test - Darke Week. He must enter the Darke alone for seven days and rely on his Magyk skills. This is the training that separates an ordinary wizard from an extraordinary one. His Dad is nervous, his Mother is nervous and Marcia is nervous, but Septimus is just ready to get on with it already!

When a concealed wizard unleashes a Darke Domaine, inviting the creatures of the Darke into the castle and into the wizarding tower itself, it will take Septimus and all of his friends to keep the Darke at bay. This time no one has to go looking for the Darke, the Darke comes out looking for them.

Another magic-filled adventure that explores friendship and forgiveness and  just what it is that makes a wizard Darke. Once a wizard is Darke - can he/she ever turn back?  I really liked getting to know some of Septimus’s friends in this one - you get much more about Beetle the scribe, Princess Jenna, Septimus’s brother Simon and even Marcia.  Author: Angie Sage

The Magykal Papers

Like this one? There’s more!

#1: Magyk on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
#2: Flyte on CD
#3: Physik on CD
#4: Queste on CD
#5: Syren on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
#6: Darke on CD

 

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