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School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 4–7—When Dwight returns to McQuarrie Middle School on the first day of spring semester, questions swirl. Will Origami Yoda return with him? Will he only say "Purple," as he sometimes does? But before the gang can find out, new problems arise. Principal Rabbski has enacted FunTime, annoying videos of Professor FunTime and his singing calculator, designed to raise students' standardized test scores. He cancels all extracurricular activities and the big field trip and introduces disgusting new healthy food. When the students turn to Origami Yoda for guidance, he tells them they must fail their tests on purpose to make their statement. The students form a Rebel Alliance to rally other students on their side. When Rabbski finds out about their sinister plot, she tries to foil it. As the Rebel Alliance gains momentum, new origami puppets emerge, including Jabba the Puppett. Fans of the series will relish the side drawings' goofy humor, the new puppets to make, and the cliff-hanger promising more to come. One character even brings a little math and science into the plot with his graphs showing how FunTime is actually making the students less smart. New readers of the series will probably need to go back to the prior books for complete understanding.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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