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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
Once i started reading the book i couldn't even put it down until i finished it.
This girl comes into leo borlock's high school. her name is stargirl and she acts well herself. however it's not the way they act at Mica High School.
Jerry Spinelli, the author of this book, writes very well and makes it an easy read, as you are pulled into Leo and Stargirl's life in High School.
Wonderful story of teenage love, peer pressure, and conformity. I read this to my students and they love it!!Published 4 hours ago by john fojut
As a younger reader, I love the connection between Leo and Susan or Stargirl she inspires me to be me.Published 1 day ago by zed Dattner the 1
I didn't read it but my 11 year old daughter absolutely loved it!Published 11 days ago by K. Mara Piel
Extremely well written. Just enough adventure, romance, humor, enchantment, and mystery to keep me reading to the end. I feel different after reading the book, less stressed. Read morePublished 17 days ago by this game sucks
I think it's really 5 stars for a pre teen reader. I remember my husband reading it to our kids when they were young and it made a huge impact.Published 19 days ago by TennisQueen