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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
I liked how this book expressed the challenge teenagers face with trying to to fit in as they long to be who they are called to be naturally. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Yvette
A very unique spin on the traditional youth love story. When I started, I had expected the usual "Girl moves in, but she's different" trope. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Emily Suzanne Pelkey
this book was brilliant. the type of book you fall in love with and feel like you can't go on with your life until you finish. you feel a connection with the characters.Published 3 days ago by Liz Marx
Mr. Spinelli's book Stargirl is an artfully written masterpiece.
The mystery of Susan "Stargirl" leaves a lasting impression on all the characters in this beautiful... Read more
We ordered these books for a teen book club during a summer program. The girls have really gotten into the book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Brandy Wilson
Great little novel, especially for young girls. Shows the importance of being yourself.Published 22 days ago by Tchr