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     Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli   
    Wednesday, February 12 2003 @ 05:30 AM
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Reading level: Young Adult

    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."

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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)

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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Trillian on Monday, May 19 2003 @ 02:37 PM
    Leo and his porcupine ties and t.v. show, Stargirl and her Ukelaile and
    cheerleading make a questionable yet fitting pair (don't ask) that makes
    this book so wonderful. there isn't a single normal chapter in this book
    about the girl who shook up mica high school, and how she was told who
    to be, when to be it and what not to be. Stargirl faced loosing herself to
    the crowd or being shunned because she was diferent. the conflict
    between popularity and abnormality make Stargirl who she is.
    I often see this sort of thing at my school, even though I am only
    in sixth grade, there is already a line that devides popular from normal
    girls. I am normal thank heavans, so I don't have to act stupid or wear
    make-up, dress scandalously, worship brittany Spears, or go out with
    boys. The popular girls often ( in particular their leader Amber ) rip at us
    normal girls, and often the reverse. Although Stargirl faced a different
    situation, it is also very similar to mine.
    It's definitly on my top five Books list. if you liked this i suggest:
    Coraline or Abarat. also good books.
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 05 2004 @ 03:11 PM
    i loved this book. Im responding to tarin's message. im in seventh grade at an all girls school, and i can definately see the line that divides the girls in my school also. I actually laugh at thoes kids who are considered popular. i used to hang around them and "have a good time". but i realized that theyre all uptight and i needed to relax; like starlgirl. Stargirl was smart. she didnt get caught up in all the "trend wave" u dont need that to be happy and have a good time.The kids in the book act a lot like the kids in my school--stupidly. they dont really judge a person on their personalty. If people did- there probably wouldnt b as many cliches in school rooms today. i loved da bOOk!;-)
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 05 2004 @ 03:55 PM
    "Who's love do you want more, Stargirl's or everyone elses?"
    -I thought that that was a great quote from the book. It really makes you think and wonder "who really?" I guess I can really turn that around to say: who do you love more-them or her. I like that. I found a lot of truth and advice in that book. It's a great read. Im in seventh grade and it really opened my mind. I think that Stargirl was fine who she was. She was smart. Like the anomous person before me said: "SHe didn't get caught up in the designer trends..." Designer things don't make people happier. If a person judges you on that-then you really don't want to be their friend because they're a jerk. Thankyou
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 12 2004 @ 06:11 AM
    Yeah um, no, you are so wrong. This book was totally stupid, i have no idea why any person in their right mind would read this. i think that if you should read a good book, it should be about the problems of today, not some highschool in arizona. Thank you for your time.
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 23 2004 @ 04:14 PM
    it was an okay book but not the best
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, August 23 2004 @ 04:15 PM
    i agree
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    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, September 27 2004 @ 08:21 PM
    hi everyone...i am reading stargirl right now...but i have homework to do...and i dont get it...i have to write a summary on chapters 7-14 but i dont get the book..if so...can someone please help me..with ONLY CHAPTERS 7-14...i'd appreciate it..thank you!...the worst part is..i need the summary tonight.
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