I love Tom Angleberger’s books, if only I had more copies of each and every one of them. The copies I have of the Origami Yoda series are in such high demand that they have never been shelved (unless you count the new book display and the hold shelf!)
Horton Halfpott or the fiendish mystery of Smugwick Manor or the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertucks’s corset by Tom Angleberger. Published by Amulet Books, 2011. Paperback edition.
From the book jacket (publisher):
There are so many exciting things in this book — a Stolen Diamond, snooping stable boys, a famous detective, love, pickle eclairs — that it really does seem a shame to begin with ladies’ underwear . . .
IT ALL STARTS WHEN M’LADY LUGGERTUCK LOOSENS her corset. As a result of “the loosening” all the strict rules around Smugwick Manor are abandoned. Shelves go undusted! Cake is eaten! Lunch is lukewarm! Then, when the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks search for someone to blame. Could the thief really be Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can’t tell a lie? Find out in this funny mystery by the author of ‘the Strange case of Origami Yoda’.
What did I think of this book?
Loved it! It is so funny and it reminded me a lot of Lemony Snickett but it’s not so dark. There are plenty of quirky and eccentric characters and a slightly over the top style, that is a send up of the British aristocracy and life upstairs and downstairs (imagine David Walliams writing a kid’s version of Downton Abbey…but possibly even funnier!) The humourous scratchy pen and ink illustrations really set off the story. The writers style includes pauses to deliver a bit of “background” which will give the more reluctant reader a chance to draw breath before racing along again with plenty of twists and turns. I like the way the chapters are relatively short. This would be great as a read loud and really good for some of my more reluctant readers as long as they are prepared to tackle the language style.
This book was nominated for an Edgar award:
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America.They remain the most prestigious awards in the entire mystery genre. Since 1961 they have presented an award in the category of Best Juvenile Mystery Fiction. (Source: Wikipedia)
Author website: www.hortonhalfpott.com
About the Origami Yoda Series – This is an awesome series for kids both boys and girls, that will hook many reluctant readers in the same way Diary of a Wimpy Kid has enthralled kids everywhere.
“Dwight is a sixth grader at McQuarrie Middle School who is considered quite weird and doesn’t really have any friends. Then one day, Dwight makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. Eerily, Origami Yoda gives advice that always seems to work, and may even predict the future. Students at McQuarrie soon become convinced that Origami Yoda has a special connection to the Force. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda tells the tale of Dwight and his mysterious Origami Yoda through the eyes of six graders Tommy, Kellen, Mike, Sara, Cassie, Lance, Quavondo, Murky, Jennifer, Amy, Rhondella, and a seventh grader named Caroline. Origami Yoda gives advice to anyone willing to listen—everything from how to stop being a crybaby to asking a girl to dance. However, there are still some who don’t believe that Origami Yoda is for real. Tommy decides to write a case file to prove or disprove Origami Yoda’s realness. He convinces a number of students to write about their experiences with Origami Yoda, while his friend Kellen illustrates the file. However, Harvey, who has always been cruel to Dwight and is skeptical about Origami Yoda’s wisdom, just wants Dwight to admit that Origami Yoda is fake”. (Source: Wikipedia).
The strange case of Origami Yoda (2010)
Darth Paper strikes back (2011):
The secret of the Fortune Wookiee (2012)
Coming to my library soon….