Dwight, a 6th grader at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School has created an Origami Yoda that seems to know the future. At least, that’s what it seems like to Tommy, another boy in Dwight’s class. Tommy, however, needs to know for sure whether Origami Yoda can really know the future. Why? Tommy’s asked Origami Yoda advice on what to do about a girl he likes, named Sara.
In order to satisfy his curiosity, he collects stories from other students at school to see what advice Origami Yoda gave them and what happened as a result of said advice. The result is a binder full of stories, illustrated by Tommy’s friend Kellen, with commentary from his other friend Harvey, who is an unbeliever in the power of Origami Yoda.
The casebook proceeds to tell the stories of kids who ask Origami Yoda advice. It includes some practical advice, such as: Kellen gets water on his pants and it looks like he wet his pants; Yoda’s advice, get your shirt wet as well, and that way no one notices the wet pants. Some of Origami Yoda’s advice seems crazier, like learn the Twist. What’s the Twist and why should Tommy and his friends learn to do it? Well, what happens at the next dance? The DJ plays the Twist.
The various stories of Tommy and his friends are a reminder of traps and trials of middle school. Told as an interwoven collection of stories this book and its illustrations are a fun look at middle school with an unusual Star Wars twist. Five more books follow in the series.