The first monthly Boys Book Club met at Harleysville Books this past Thursday. The book club was started by the book store for boys ages 8-12 to try to get kids that like to read together and maybe get some more kids interested in reading! The book that we discussed was Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger. Pete, an employee at Harleysville Books, was the adult that lead the group discussion. I have never been in an official book club before and I was excited to see what it would be like! I was there with Pete and a bunch of other kids my age. Pete called the club to order and then we read along as Pete read the first chapter of Darth Paper Strikes Back. We next got to watch a video that showed Mr. Angleberger HIMSELF demonstrating how to make Darth Paper and we got to follow along and make our own! We all thought that was pretty cool. We all helped each other make our Darth Papers and then we all started to play with them and light saber each other…well what would you expect when you have a bunch of boys making the most awesome Sith Lord out of paper! Pete was nice and laughed along with us. We also did a Star Wars mad-lib which turned out to be pretty funny. Pete next quizzed us on our Star Wars knowledge and I have to say we kids knew 99% of the answers (OK we missed how many languages does C3PO know). The whole evening was AWESOME and I can’t wait for next month when we discuss Michael Buckley’s first N.E.R.D.S. Book!
NOW FOR MY REVIEW OF DARTH PAPER!
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Book 1 of the Series) has special meaning to me. That book is actually why I started my blog. You can read about it on my “About” page by clicking HERE (I also reviewed The Strange Case of Origami Yoda click HERE to read it). Origami Yoda is a mystical piece of paper that everyone at the Mcquarrie Middile School believes that it helps people solve their problems…well everyone except Harvey. Harvey thinks Origami Yoda and its creator Dwight are annoying and he calls Origami Yoda “Paperwad Yoda”. Harvey decides to bring DOOM to the school by getting Dwight expelled and creating Darth Paper to ruin all the good Origami Yoda has achieved! Will Tommy and his friends survive the 7th grade?!?
When I saw that there was a sequel to Origami Yoda, I was super excited! I LOVED Origami Yoda and I actually thought Darth Paper Strikes Back was even better! I really liked the idea that there was an evil piece of paper messing with all the kids at the Mcquarrie Middle School. I really like the format of the book (Origami Yoda was written like this too) where the story is told by different narrators. BUT I really enjoy how Tommy and Harvey’s comments keep popping up all through the book. The story idea is really original and I really like the characters (Kellen is my favorite). I think Darth Paper Strikes Back would be a good book for young advanced readers as well as all kids 9+.