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June 10, 2012
Renae Ault - Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library , Salem News

In 2010, new children's novelist, Tom Angleberger exploded onto the scene with a curious blend of case file, novel, origami and Star Wars obsession. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, the first in a trilogy about folded paper Star Wars characters and the middle school where they've been created was a major success.

Origami Yoda brings instant popularity to outsider Dwight when he begins offering the Jedi Master's unique sage wisdom and advice but the question remains; is he real or just a piece of paper? 2011 brought the sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back and Angleberger's fans eagerly await the final part of the trilogy, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie, due out in August.

Angleberger hails from Virginia and claims to have worked as a newspaper reporter, columnist, biology research assistant and juggler before turning his talents to writing and entertaining young readers. The silly maps, doodles and illustrations that litter the pages of his books are done by his wife, Cece Bell and it appears that both Tom and Cece have a similar goal- to make us laugh. Even the titles of his books, which extend far beyond the length of traditional book titles are giggle-worthy. Horton Halfpott, or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset, while a mouthful to pronounce is a romance that even the staunchest anti-love story boy will find engaging. Horton, a poor kitchen boy with big dreams, works in the foulest, dreariest place imaginable but when a beautiful young lady visits, a valuable heirloom is stolen, and the mistress of the estate loosens her corsets, Horton's world is turned upside down as he races to solve the mystery and uncover who the real villain is, while trying prevent being thrown in the smelly swamp.

His latest contribution to the world of boy-friendly, humorous novels for young readers is yet another lengthy title: Fake Mustache or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind. Timely, with the approaching presidential election and promising to deliver all the laughs of the previous novels, Fake Mustache is sure to pack a punch with kids and adults who like funny, slightly strange books about facial hair, strange names, and plenty of satire.

To put a hold on any of these fantastic books, call Salem Public Library at 330-332-0042 or visit our website



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