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Stargirl (2000)

by Jerry Spinelli

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BBYA Top 10 2001. LHS Freshman Reading Project. RGG: Likeable read about a different kind of girl and her acceptance or lack thereof by her high school class mates.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 13, 2015 |
BBYA Top 10 2001. LHS Freshman Reading Project. RGG: Likeable read about a different kind of girl and her acceptance or lack thereof by her high school class mates.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 13, 2015 |
This book is about a girl who marches to a different drum. She is so different in almost every way from the other students yet, she has the nicest personality and often can overlook how mean others treat her. Eventually Stargirl becomes involved with Leo but the reader can sense that even from the beginning and definitely later in the book, Leo would rather Stargirl be like everyone else. This book keeps you guessing what will happen and you may be surprised by the less than "happily ever after" romance. ( )
  elmisner | Jul 22, 2015 |
Wonderful book! It had some of the elements that I love from Pollyanna. The joy in living and the concern for others. Not preachy, but good fun. I wanted to be Stargirl. ( )
  njcur | May 27, 2015 |
A great story on the lessons of learning to be yourself no matter what. Easy to follow story filled with a variety of life lessons for anyone to follow. I really enjoyed this book because anyone who reads this story should feel much better about who they are and more confident in being just that. A great lesson about holding your head high no matter what others may say. Overcoming obstacles and bullying of others if part of life and Stargirl shows the readers just how to do that. Filled with life lessons, love, and questions about what happened to Stargirl. ( )
  lriver5 | May 14, 2015 |
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To Eileen, my Stargirl
And to Loren Eiseley, who taught that even as we are, we are becoming
And to Sonny Liston
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When I was little, my uncle Pete had a necktie with a porcupine painted on it.
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I don't want to be like nobody.
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Star girl is an extrodinary gilr. shes not the average teenage you would see on a daily basis. At first a everyonf likes her, they even ask her to be in the cheerleading squad. She has a high spirit in supporting everyone she meets. Some people thinks shes too wierd to hang around with but they end up sitting with her during lunch and even follow along when shes singing happy-birthdsy to someone they dont even know.

Righ now im in the middle of the book and just read that she likes Leo. she actually told him he was cute and now they are hanging out everyday. everyday after school they go uot in the dessert and meditate on being empty (as in not tinkng on anything or thinking about thinking.). on other occasions they go to the mall and play this game that stargirl invented. this yong couple is just right for each other since either one of them is ashamed of each other. Leo, is very popular, but when they are both together holding hands nobody wants ot talk to Leo or Stargirl. Ever since Stargirl helped a player from the other team, they all have hated her. thats the reason why nobody watns to talk to them when they are together or just Stargirl alone.

I just finished the book and im very surprised on the ending that happend.

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440416779, Mass Market Paperback)

"She was homeschooling gone amok." "She was an alien." "Her parents were circus acrobats." These are only a few of the theories concocted to explain Stargirl Caraway, a new 10th grader at Arizona's Mica Area High School who wears pioneer dresses and kimonos to school, strums a ukulele in the cafeteria, laughs when there are no jokes, and dances when there is no music. The whole school, not exactly a "hotbed of nonconformity," is stunned by her, including our 16-year-old narrator Leo Borlock: "She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl."

In time, incredulity gives way to out-and-out adoration as the student body finds itself helpless to resist Stargirl's wide-eyed charm, pure-spirited friendliness, and penchant for celebrating the achievements of others. In the ultimate high school symbol of acceptance, she is even recruited as a cheerleader. Popularity, of course, is a fragile and fleeting state, and bit by bit, Mica sours on their new idol. Why is Stargirl showing up at the funerals of strangers? Worse, why does she cheer for the opposing basketball teams? The growing hostility comes to a head when she is verbally flogged by resentful students on Leo's televised Hot Seat show in an episode that is too terrible to air. While the playful, chin-held-high Stargirl seems impervious to the shunning that ensues, Leo, who is in the throes of first love (and therefore scornfully deemed "Starboy"), is not made of such strong stuff: "I became angry. I resented having to choose. I refused to choose. I imagined my life without her and without them, and I didn't like it either way."

Jerry Spinelli, author of Newbery Medalist Maniac Magee, Newbery Honor Book Wringer, and many other excellent books for teens, elegantly and accurately captures the collective, not-always-pretty emotions of a high school microcosm in which individuality is pitted against conformity. Spinelli's Stargirl is a supernatural teen character--absolutely egoless, altruistic, in touch with life's primitive rhythms, meditative, untouched by popular culture, and supremely self-confident. It is the sensitive Leo whom readers will relate to as he grapples with who she is, who he is, who they are together as Stargirl and Starboy, and indeed, what it means to be a human being on a planet that is rich with wonders. (Ages 10 to 14) --Karin Snelson

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In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

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