The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a novel written by Tom Angleberger. It was first published on March 1, 2010.
The book includes four primary characters- Dwight, Tommy, Yoda, and Harvey.
The setting takes place at McQuarrie Middle School; the time period is not specified.
The story begins with a sixth grade boy named Dwight, who doesn't really fit in. He folds an origami finger puppet of Yoda, a Jedi Master in the Star Wars movie franchise.
Dwight does a Yoda impression and tries to offer his classmates advice, much like the "real" Yoda in the movies. Some of the students in his class soon become convinced that he has some special connection to the Force.
A peer of Dwight's named Tommy decides to write a case file to decide the validity of Yoda's powers. Harvey, a kid who has always been cruel to Dwight, is skeptical and attempts to disprove Yoda's connection to the Force (what gives Jedi their powers).
I really enjoyed this book because it teaches kids to befriend everyone, even the weird kid nobody likes.
The author has stated that part of his inspiration for the book came from Fumiaki Kawahata, an origami artist, whose origami Yoda has been seen on the web.
The theme of the book can be interpreted as one of individual versus society, because Dwight is all alone and everybody always thought he was a bit off.
The book was a huge success, and now it has five sequels for a total of six books in the series. I highly recommend that you read them.