The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

avadayoReviewed by Adedayo and Ava

Tommy knows that the weirdest kid in school — and he is definitely the weirdest! — may be crazy or just plain old odd, so he decided to create a case file…the Case of Origami Yoda! Now I’m sure you wouldn’t know who the LEGENDARY Origami Yoda is, so let me tell you. Back to the weirdest kid in school, Dwight. He created his VERY OWN origami Yoda finger puppet, which is a big thing to be able to say, as nobody else has (in Tommy’s school). I mean, I guess it’s not the best Yoda on the Internet, but hey, it’s still a big deal! Origami Yoda gave advice to many characters in the book, but the thing is — is the advice coming from the finger puppet or Dwight? So anyway, Tommy (the main character) is collecting bunches of funny and meaningful stories to decide once for all if the finger puppet is really alive. One person thinks it isn’t, others are not so sure. IS ORIGAMI YODA REAL??????????origamiyoda

This book is for kids of all ages! It is an easy read that is a lot of fun! If you ever want to take a break, then this book is perfect for “chillaxing” in a lounge chair while sipping a cup of hot cocoa. I’m almost positive that you will LOVE this book!

Do you believe in fortune-tellers or psychics? Origami Yoda is a paper finger puppet that 6th grader Dwight had invented. Tommy, a fellow 6th grader, wasn’t sure to trust or believe in it. Dwight carries Origami Yoda on his finger all day. Most of the time people come up to Dwight and ask Origami Yoda for advice. Tommy decides to make a plan to prove if Origami Yoda’s advice is true or not. What would you do? Read the book and find out.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a great book to read when you are sad, mad, or in a bad mood. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel happy. At times it can be frightening, getting you worried about the characters, what would happen to them.

This is a weird book but I mean it in a good way.

Readers! The Origami Yoda site is chock full of goodness, including instructions for making your very own Origami Yoda and more. This is a popular series with boys and girls — check it out today!

Superbowl Advertising & The “Small Screen”

Kid/football“…traditional advertising and its effects on kids has been well researched, but no one knows the impact of these new-media platforms on kids. And the lack of research has implications for kids’ health and well-being.” What are the implications of newer ad strategies using social media, online games, and more?

**Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/

The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The_City_of_EmberReviewed by: Rida
Ember is a city underground. It was built by the Builders and they left a box telling instructions on how to get out of Ember in two hundred and thirty years.
Everyone in Ember has shaggy old brown clothes since they all reuse.
The lights keep flickering off and one day the people of Ember fear that the lights will go out and never come back.

This amazing fiction book by Jeanne DuPrau is all about friendship and mission. Two friends have a goal on how to get out of Ember and whether they do or don’t…

Read the book to find out more! And it’s the first in the series — head on up to Susan and Amanda and ask for it by name.

How Big is Your Brave?

I am strong and courageous. My brave is my song.

– Ava, 3rd grader, Fearless Classroom

Angela Maiers explores bravery with students and educators through three questions:
What does BRAVE look like?
How does BRAVE act and behave?
Most importantly, how big is YOUR BRAVE?

The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: SEW ZOEY with BONUS Interview!

by Mikala


    Sew Zoey: Stitches and Stones

by Chloe Taylor is about a girl named Zoey who likes to sew. The book starts when it’s school spirit week at her school and she’s very excited. She has a blog, but soon cyber bullies start posting mean comments about her and her outfits. Someone also plays a prank on her during hat day. Then a magazine editor discovered her blog and wanted her to be their featured girl. So she had her friends come over for the shot. Sew Zoey is a very exciting and interesting book.

I think this book should be included in the library because it’s about how harmful cyberbulling can be and it’s also inspiring to read about someone with so many creative ideas. I think this book would appeal to people who are creative.

Mikala asked Chloe about her work, life, and fashion sense — read her answers below:

What is you favorite part of the writing process, why?

My favorite part of the writing process is revising. That’s where the magic really happens in writing. It’s like in fashion where you take a basic dress and tailor it perfectly and then find the perfect shoes and accessories so you end up with a totally fabulous look.

Did you or someone you know ever get cyber bullied?

I’ve received some scary emails and I know people who have been cyber bullied. That’s why I think it’s very important for everyone to think carefully about how they behave online. It’s too easy to forget that there’s a person with feelings that can be hurt when you’re typing something on the computer or on a phone, and also that there can be real life, lasting consequences for your actions if you post something mean.

How did you come up with the outfits Zoey makes?

Sometimes I find inspiration for Zoey’s outfits by looking at the shapes, colors, and patterns in everyday objects—including things like the swirly shape of frozen yogurt! Other times, I start with a theme that ties into how Zoey is feeling, like “tied up in knots,” and find a way to work knots into the clothing. Most of all, I try to think about what might be fun for her to wear. Then the illustrator, Nancy Zhang, takes the concepts and runs with them in the sketches. I get worried sometimes that I’m going to run out of new ideas, but so far, so good!

SEW ZOEY: STITCHES AND STONES is first in a super fun series–so you can enjoy this first volume and many more!

Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature


“The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (2006), a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor — lost and waiting to be found. “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures, stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And “The Magician’s Elephant” (2009), an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?”

More details, additional resources,and video here:

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