When you’ve been in the book business as long as I have, sometimes it seems like you’ve seen it all. With hundreds of thousands of new books published every year, there aren’t a lot of things that still possess the element of surprise.
When I heard about Tom Angleberger’s book The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee, I have to admit that I was intrigued. This latest addition to the Origami Yoda series centers around a paper fortune-teller Wookiee. You know, one of those tall hairy guys from Star Wars combined with those ‘cootie catcher’ games from school? Not exactly a plot development you run across every day.
This series is perfect for young readers who aren’t considered one of the ‘cool’ kids at school, or who gravitate to quirky, geeky pursuits. The group of friends who populate Angleberger’s books brings to mind the endearing characters from the cult favorite TV show Freaks & Geeks—a menagerie of kids who are far more interesting than the cookie-cutter popular set.
It’s important for all kids to feel like they belong, and this insightful, incredibly fun book will help make those awkward adolescent years a little bit easier. Getting lost in the pages of a hilarious, Wookiee-laden adventure is the perfect antidote to middle school angst.
NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Tom Angleberger” to download his one-of-a-kind books.