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Stargirl (Readers Circle) by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (Readers Circle) (original 2000; edition 2004)

by Jerry Spinelli

Series: Stargirl (1)

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Title:Stargirl (Readers Circle)
Authors:Jerry Spinelli
Info:Laurel Leaf (2004), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library, 2012, BRIS Book Club
Tags:YA, high school, contemporary realistic fiction, romance, outsiders

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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2000)

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I haven't read this in a while, but it was one of my most favorite novels going up. The main character is a young boy who is intrigued when a new girl starts attending their school who isn't afraid to be herself (and to be different from everyone else). It's a great lesson on being who you are and also befriending those people that may be a little different. It is one that I would reread even as an adult. ( )
  dingesa27 | Dec 6, 2016 |
This was a delightful read! The book follows the story of Leo, a high school student who's life changes when a new girl arrives at his high school where conforming to social norms are the key to "social survival". This new girl, self-named Stargirl, is the picture of non-conformity and loves to march to the beat of her own drum. Showing up to school each day dressed in new and outlandish outfits, cheering for the other teams accomplishments, and acting in pure love of life and of all those around her, Stargirl experiences brief popularity before being shunned by the entire High School. This leads Leo, who has become her only friend and eventually boyfriend, to be forced to decide whether or not he would join her in this shunning or turn against someone who selflessly loves and is constantly surprising everyone with her out-of-the-box ways of loving.

This book, meant for upper elementary (5th grade at the earliest) is an entertaining read that has a very powerful message of non-conformity and stepping out of the norms in order to remain true to oneself. It's inspiring for readers to experience the whimsical ways of Stargirl and think about ways that they can show better friendship and encouragement to others.

Parents Choice Gold Award Winner
ALA Top Ten Best Books Award winner
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Award descriptions:
Parents Choice Gold Award Winner: An award presented by the non-profit Parents' Choice Foundation to recognize "the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels." It was established in 1978 by Diana Green.
ALA Top Ten Best Books Award winner: Decided on by the American Library Association (ALA), this award chooses each year's best young adult literature.
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year: an American weekly trade news magazine that targets publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents chooses one book a year to honor with this award.

APA Citation: Spinelli, J. (2000). Stargirl. New York: Knopf. ( )
  BrittaSchlect | Nov 24, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book because the characters were well developed. This book is about a very unique girl named Stargirl who is new at a high school. She does not dress or act like most girls, which both intrigues people as well as oppose them. For example, during football games Stargirl cheered for everyone, including the players from the away team, which upset some people from her high school. The book states, "And then I saw her. At lunch. She wore an off-white dress so long it covered her shoes. It had ruffles around the neck and cuffs and looked like it could have been her great grandmother's wedding gown." The big idea behind this book is that people should feel comfortable in their own skin, and standing out is much more memorable than trying to blend in with everyone else. ( )
  breannaamos | Nov 11, 2016 |
In my opinion this is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. The first person POV this book had make the characters and plot come alive, especially to readers the same age as Stargirl. The character is realistic and participates in activities like going to school, dealing with peer pressure and family life; all things kids can relate to. The book pushes readers to put themselves in the shoes of a girl who is different, her name is funny, she wheres funny clothes and doesn't follow her peers, as described in detail through the text. It teaches the lesson of standing proud, being yourself and not giving in to peer pressure. This moral is so important because for middle schoolers, it's easy to succumb to pressure in order to "fit in". This book assures readers that it is okay to be themselves and express their own identity. ( )
  Kacie11 | Nov 8, 2016 |
In my opinion this is a great book for older students. The writing is so organized and flows to really make the reader engaged in the story. The language is clear and detailed which allows the reader to really be able to visualize the story unfold and feel like they are in the story themselves. A great example of this is when Stargirl is first introduced. "She wore an off-white dress so long it covered her shoes. It had ruffles around the neck and cuffs and looked like it could have been her great grandmother's wedding gown. Her hair was the color of sand. It fell to her shoulders." The description is so clear and vivid it is like the reader is right there looking at Stargirl themselves, it makes the story engaging and interesting. This vivid writing makes the story fun and engaging and encourages students to read. Another reason this book is so great is because the plot. There are so many twists and turns in this book! It also has a sort of sad ending but it makes the story even more riveting for the reader. I think the plot keeps the reader wanting to read on to find out what will happen next. Stargirl is always doing something unexpected from singing happy birthday to everyone with her ukulele, to cheering for the other team to starting a mambo line at the homecoming! All of her actions and then Leo's reactions really propel the plot. When it twists and the town no longer likes her the reader is hurt and sad and they want to keep reading to see what is going to happen. The reader wants the town to love Stargirl again and for her and Leo to get back together and for him to realize you do not have to be like everyone else. But at the end that does not happen, Stargirl actually moves away before Leo can see her again after the homecoming! It is such a shocking event and it makes the reader really feel invested into the plot, the story and its characters. The plot and vivid detail found in the writing really make this book a great read and would be very interesting and encouraging for older readers. The main message of this book is to not be afraid to be yourself and to chow kindness to everyone. This was taught to everyone in the town thanks to Stargirl. ( )
  cduboi2 | Oct 20, 2016 |
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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.
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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"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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