Origami Yoda #4: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger (Hardback)
Origami Yoda has used his Jedi-wise advice to help the kids at McQuarrie Middle School conquer all sorts of enemies, from dull school dances to embarrassing water stains. But this semester, Dwight, Tommy, Sara, and the gang must face their deadliest enemy yet: the FunTime Education System. Meant to raise standardized test scores, the mind-numbing videos of Professor FunTime and his singing calculator are driving everybody crazy! And worse yet, to make time for FunTime, all electives--drama, art, band--have been canceled!
Naturally, the kids turn to Origami Yoda for help, but he tells them that this enemy is far too strong for him to fight alone. If they want to get their favorite classes back, they must form a Rebel Alliance. Soon dozens of kids, each with his or her own origami puppet, join the Alliance. But will the Force be with them--or will they be defeated by the FunTime menace?
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Reading Level: 8-9
"Yes! Join him you must. Only together can you withstand this enemy. An origami alliance you need." The students of McQuarrie Middle School are about to meet the Dark Side and it is FunTime. FunTime is a canned test prep program that is replacing their electives, including art, drama, chorus, and even JV sports. Why? Because their standardized test scores have fallen. Spurred on by Origami Yoda, the students form an alliance to fight this change.
Hilarious on the surface, but underneath it has very important messages: students (and parents) need to participate in the decisions that effect education; teachers and principals aren't the real enemy; and real change can only happen when the government understands that measuring educational success with standardized tests scores is counterproductive for our students, not to mention an inaccurate measure of what's important for the students to know. I truly hope the sequel has Origami Yoda testifying before Congress to end this inane "educational reform" that revolves around standardized tests and the corporations that get rich because of them. Maybe they'll listen to Yoda :)"
""The Suprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet", by Tom Angleberger is a really humerous sci-fi book. In this origami yoga book, Dwight has just returned from suspension. However, a new thing has arrived in Mquarry middle school, fun-time. Fun-time has replaced pretty much everything at made school. Now, Dwight has gathered a group of rebels including, Tommy, Sara, Harvey, and Lance, to put an end to fun-time and the singing calculator. My favorite character was Amy. Despite all the mushy stuff in the book, I love the fact that the book has actuall facts in it. I can't relate to any of the character in the story though. None of them have my personality. I love tha whole book. I wish it mentioned more on Jabba the puppet. Beside that, I loved it. It has plenty of graphics on the sides. A great way to get your imagination without actually taking up much space in which the text would go. This book deserves five stars. I has tons of humor. This book is for any Star Wars fan who loves to laugh. This book will keep you reading and won't let go of you."
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