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Meeting an author can change a child's life

Meeting an author can change a child's life

Four years ago, as my family browsed our way through the Baltimore Book Festival, eating hot dogs and listening to ukulele folk-pop wafting from the main stage, we kept running into kids my sons knew. Eventually, it seemed like every kid in Northeast Baltimore was there at the festival, dragging their parents toward the children's stage.

They were all there to see Tom Angleberger, author of "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda," a semi-illustrated, fully funny and realistic middle-grade novel written from the point of view of several students at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. That six-book series is now complete, and Angleberger is what amounts to a star in children's...