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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great little novel, especially for young girls. Shows the importance of being yourself.Published 19 hours ago by Tchr
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I got this for my daughter's gifted and talented program in school because it is mandatory summer reading and she loves it! She is very happy that she has her own copy! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mahvish
Charming book about the power of not conforming to everyone else's standards. Great for middle-school-aged children (and older). I would definitely recommend it!Published 8 days ago by J. W. B.
It was very good in the beginning but was not as strong in the end. A lot of cliffhangers. Very Interesting. Inspiring.Published 8 days ago by Nerol
Best book I have ever read I loved it so much. I love the characters in it, Leo was my favorite.Published 19 days ago by Shannon Patrick
One of my favorite books since childhood, had to get a new copy!!!Published 25 days ago by Katie Allmond